Okay, before I get started on this post, can we take a second to admire my nails please?
I really wanted these rainbow unicorn ones that were AMAZING (when in Taipei, right?), but the woman said they’d take too long to do. Drats. I asked her for these, which were half-inspired by ones I saw on Angelica Blick, and half what was on display on their nail art boards. I really loved them until my friend Milly said they were very “Kylie Jenner-eqsue”. She was right. They were. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about them anymore.
Anyway, back to the post! Taipei is all about street markets. A bit like Bangkok, but SO much better! We started off at the Raohe St. Night Market, which was right beside all the pet stores where we stared at puppies for a bit too long (I was surprised with how many people bought them at such a quick rate!). But we finally dragged ourselves away, and now we were ready to feast.
Ming and I had already eaten something beforehand, but Boy was eager to eat eat eat. Ming took us to this place that does the best beef buns. I’m not going to begin to try write it out, but here it is!
There was a line. A weaving line for a market stall. You know it has to be incredible (sadly I will never know due to no beef anymore, but Boy can explain it to me).
It was so cool watching them make it. Finally, we got to the front.
Boy bought one for himself, and one for Mama Bridges. What a kiss-ass. Mama Bridges loved it though.
As did Boy.
It was steaming hot for so long, but it was crazy delicious once he got a chance to bite into it.
Ming showed us other stalls that are amazing too.
She said when Hamish comes to visit, he loves to get the fried squid on a stick.
There are shops and stalls of all sorts here. Food, clothes, shoes, novelty items, phone cases… Literally everything.
A lot of the stalls sell similar things too. Mum got a mini fan (pictured below), only to then find that other stalls sold identical ones for slightly cheaper. You’d think she’d know by now.
LOOK AT THAT. THAT WAS COTTON CANDY. COTTON BLOODY CANDY SHAPED AS A BLOODY DUCK. I didn’t see where she got it from, but I spotted it again later (wait a couple of minutes…)
We also passed the stall where we got dessert the other night. Ming loves it – it’s peanut brittle with ice-cream in a wrap. It was so good. I was too full to order anything, but here’s the stall…. Nearly as good?
We also had some orange juice here the other day, and it was one of the BEST. I don’t know if it was the oranges or something in it, but Boy and I were very frustrated sharing it. I kept grabbing it and running away. Yep, THAT good.
Boy also bought a custard cakey thing (yep I don’t know the name how did you guess) and said it was amazing.
Raohe is fantastic for food and clothes (I may have bought a fair few things, e.g. the outfit I was wearing at the time, at that market). We then went market-hopping to Shilin Market, where Ming said had loads of games.
I like games. A lot.
So. Many. Games.
Boy and I got super into it. Crowds even started gathering to watch us…
… To watch us not win anything. Oh well, pay to play! Giant teddy bear, we were just never to be.
There’s a lot of food here as well, as there is with probably ever night market here actually.
MORE COTTON CANDY?
Yep, I found a stall! Look at all the crazy things they can do. I actually saw a video on Facebook of a guy at a market stall making this, so if you ever find the stall, buy one, record a video of it being made and post it online. It will probably go viral. #BiancasViralTips
The good thing about this market is that it also has a huge indoor section if it rains.
So a lot more games, and, um, this…
Boy may have bought a couple as gifts for work. What a charmer.
I was distracted by the sweet shops instead.
And this shop, which was 100% dedicated to dog clothes.
Poor, poor doggies.
After wandering through the market, countless more games resulting in no wins and Mum checking out how much every mini fan was, we headed back home. A must-do in Taipei!