Friday, November 5, 2010

Keelung,Taiwan: A Night Market Experience!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

When you're in Taiwan a visit to one of the many night markets is a must-do. I have this rare and unexpected visit when my CS host Chloe brought me to Keelung City, a major port city situated in the northeastern part of Taiwan two days ago.

Keelung City is dubbed as the "Food City" maybe largely because of its famous Keelung Miaokou Night Market situated near the Keelung Railway Station. Typical Taiwanese snacks are found everywhere in this night market and so we sampled the glutinous rice and meat balls soup in a busy hawker's stall. Since I am still full from my Costco food sampling, I asked Chloe if we could split one order.

The glutinous rice tasted good and the meat ball soup was fairy decent. We paid NT$ 80 for the meal. Then we went to have desserts. A crashed ice bean curd (or more familiar to me as "frozen taho") tasted so good! It only cost us NT$30 for the two bowls.

Other than food, the Keelung Miaokou Night Market is a shopping mecca with its wide array of goods on sale varying from fresh food ingredients to electronic goods and clothing. I bought a three-in-one magic skirt shown below, which can be worn as a tube long dress,skirt or balloon pants by tying the knots under it!

Keelung City is also dubbed as a "Folklore City" because of the Dianji Temple located inside the busy Miaokou ("temple mouth") night market. This old temple which is said to be the largest temple in Keelung, plays a significant role in the prosperity of Miaokou as the food stalls become favorite destination for local folks and that was also where the business boomed.

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