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“Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are” – Brillat-Savarin

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Eating @ Liuhe Night Market, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)

I truly hadn't intended to be absent for a week on my journal. I had been rather unwell, and unfortunately writing on my blog took a lower priority than my recovery to good health (which involved a lot of sleeping!). I'm back, and hopefully I'll be able to work through my backlog of photos from our trip to Kaohsiung not too long ago.

Our hotel was located within walking distance to the famous Liuhe Night Market, and it was there we found our dinners on two evenings. Although the market was tourist-oriented and the crowd did get quite unbearable at times, it was nonetheless an interesting experience, and we ate some pretty good food there.

'Crowded' would be an understatement:

One of the main things I wanted to try in Taiwan was Aiyu Jelly. The fact that the jelly is extracted from the seeds of a fruit was what intrigued me so to put this refreshing jelly on my list of must-eats. The Aiyu jelly is displayed in the two plates on top of the display, and here it is served in a lightly sweetened liquid medium with lemon juice. Truly refreshing, although the jelly itself didn't have much flavour:

A stall selling crispy cubes of fried sweet potatoes:

These fried sweet potatoes were so good, that even my wary-of-new-food 4.5-year-old boy couldn't resist them:

A little wander deeper into the market, we came across this food stall selling deep-fried buns with a seafood-and-noodle filling. On display to the left of the stall is a tray full of raw shucked oysters, and these gentlemen were lining bowls with flour dough and filling them with various ingredients including the said oysters, egg, and glass noodles:

One guy at the back of the stall was manning two fryers, and each bun would be double fried to achieve the ultimate crispy dough:

It was delicious and quite filling:

Delicious gratin-style clams, sold at one of the countless seafood stalls:

We found a sweet stall selling a dessert very similar to our beloved imagawayaki (also known by a variety of other names depending on region and era). Here, it's called "hóngdòu bǐng", or red bean cake (although there were a variety of fillings other than red bean available:

Our go-to imagawayaki fillings are chocolate and custard, but this stall only sold custard, three different types of sweet bean fillings (red bean, green bean and white bean) and two other fillings I can't quite recall:

The white bean filling was nicer than the custard filling:

A sweet glass rice dumpling stall selling beautiful delicate balls of twice-steamed rice flour filled with a variety of fillings such as red bean, green tea, custard and taro. We tried all except for strawberry, and loved them:

Liuhe Night Market
Liùhé 2nd Rd
Xinxing District
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 800
[near Formosa Boulevard MRT Station)

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