And so we had an adventurous afternoon exploring the area around Dongshan River 冬山河 and when we’re done, we were more than famished and decided head out to Luodong Night Market 羅東夜市 (which is a short 10min car ride from our B&B) in search of food for our dinner!
I’ve read and heard so much about the food that the night market can offer and I was really excited to explore the place personally!
[Taiwan September 2012]
13 September 2012
Luodong Night Market | Yilan, Taiwan
We chanced upon this stall and was absolutely enticed by the aroma of the broth of the braised items and the spicy broth served at the stall so we decided to stop and I think we found a gem by chance!
The menu was simple and very straightforward, it wasn’t difficult to decide what we want… 🙂
Our order arrived in a bowl filled with generous portions of duck blood pudding cubes, stinky tofu and assorted vegetables served in a spicy broth. And you’ve got to enjoy the fact that the spicy broth and assorted vegetables served together somewhat helps to balance out the gamey taste that many will be wary about.
Duck blood or pig blood are usually made into tofu-liked puddings or glutinous rice cakes and they are delicacies in the Taiwanese cuisine. While it might sound yucky but I assure you, they are yummy irregardless of whether they are puddings or glutinous rice cakes.
The pig big intestines were braised till the light yet savoury flavours of the broth have penetrated every piece and they are so soft that they melt in the mouth. Once you’ve started with one, it’s pretty hard to stop till you hit the bottom of the plate!
Although this most expensive dish we had throughout the night at the night market, I must say that this is my favourite item of the night and one of the best braised pig intestines I had ever! I strongly recommend this!
This wasn’t the best stinky tofu we had so far but I’ve got to emphasise that the pickled cabbage served together was really crunchy and good, it pairs off very well with the fried and piping hot tofu pieces!
Our next stop at a braised items stall, we picked a bag with an assortment of braised items ranging from quail eggs to braised chicken intestines to duck blood glutinous rice cakes and enjoyed them as we walked and explored the rest of the night market.
The wild boar meat sausage was slightly more fatty and tasted pretty porky but in a way that the sausage has fragrant aroma and a wider dimension of flavour as compared to the typical sausages.
While the name literally translates to “a string of hearts”, some says the name came from the looks of the bean curds resembling hearts after being pierced on sticks and some says that the name came from the native Taiwanese language 台语.
And the cab driver who took us from our B&B to the night market recommended the stuffed fried bean curds on stick to us and told us that it’s a specialty of Yilan and can be found easily at the night market so we (almost) literally pounced on them when we spotted them at a mobile stall.
At NT 10 per stick, each fried bean curd on the stick is stuffed with generous corianders and basically any cooked food you can think of ranging from sausages to a slice of beef or duck meat to animal innards and lastly topped with a bit of saltish savory sauce.
We probably only have fried bean curds stuffed with fish paste commonly available at the yong tau foo stall here and this is really interesting! 🙂
This is probably only the second time I had the oyster omelet in Taiwan and as compared to the first I had at Keelung Night Market, I have to say that I prefer this variant served with a savoury garlic chilli sauce.
Red Bean in Tapioca dessert store 晶圆 紅麴包心粉圆 [Website: http://www.baoshin.com.tw/]
After an afternoon perspiring while cycling around, it was great to end the day with a refreshing bowl of Hokkaido milk shaved ice ball with assorted puddings topped with red beans, green beans, bean curd, peanuts, black glutinous rice and not forgetting their specialty of the red bean in tapioca.
There’s so much our stomachs can contain only and that’s about all we had at Luodong Night Market. But of course, there’s so much more awesome food that the night market can offer! Some other commonly recommended food that I didn’t list in my post ranges from mutton in Chinese angelica soup from 羊鋪子 or 阿灶伯 to fried pork ribs to pork dumplings to even ox-tongue biscuits.
I remembered saying that Keelung Night market has got to be one of the best night markets with street food in my opinion and now, I think I found another food haven to match it! 🙂
More posts from Taiwan September 2012 travelogue series:
- 12 September 2012: Huayin Food Street| Taipei, Taiwan
- 13 September 2012: Dongshan River & National Centre for Traditional Arts | Yilan, Taiwan
- 13 September 2012: Luodong Night Market | Yilan, Taiwan
- Day 3 @ Hualien – Exploring and touring the scenic Hualien Day 1
- Day 3 @ Hualien – Eating in Hualien Day 1
- Day 4 @ Hualien – Exploring and touring the scenic Hualien Day 2
- Day 4 @ Hualien – Eating in Hualien Day 2
- Day 5 @ Road trip to Taroko National Park
- Day 5 @ Carton King @ Cingjing Farm
- Day 6 @ Cingjing Farm – Villa Relax 清境白熊屋民宿
- Day 6 @ Cingjing Farm – Evergreen Grassland 青青草原 & Mountain View Pastures 觀山牧區
- Day 7 @ Sun Moon Lake – Water, Land & Air travel @ Sun Moon Lake & One Piece @ Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
- Day 8 @ Good Morning with MACC 早安! 美芝城 @ Sun Moon Lake
- Day 9 @ Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
- Day 10 @ “Temple Run” at Lukang, Changhua
- Day 11 & 12 @ A side trip to Tainan 臺南
- Day 13 @ Wulai 烏來 & Bitan 碧潭 @ Taipei
- Day 13 @ Yonghe Lehua Night Market 永和樂華觀光夜市
- Day 14 @ Dazzling Cafe Sunshine
- Day 15 @ Foto Friday – Five Dime 伍角船板
- Day 16 @ A quick guide to breakfast around Taipei Main Station 台北火車站