Shilin Night Market – Taiwan Food Trip

Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 – Taiwan Food Trip

Taiwan has a lot of night market, but Shilin Night Market is one of the best.

Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Other Information

  • Operating Hours: 7PM – 11PM (some stores are open before and after these hours)
  • There are a lot of people.
  • Buy a small piece of each dish so you can taste a lot of the delicacies before getting full.
  • Shilin Night Market is one of the best night markets in Taiwan.
  • Time spent: 1 – 2 hours

 

How to Get Here?

Addres: Taiwan, Taipei City, 111, No. 65, Section 5, Zhongshan North Road

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/KZmUpXtCfw7n1L1d9

Ride the Red MRT line and go down at Jiantan Station. Leave at exit 1, you will notice the entrance of Shilin Night Market right away after the road. Note: Do not go down at Shilin station, this station is a bit far than Jiantan Station.

 

Our Shilin Night Market Food Trip Experience

After our whole day tour at the south of Taiwan, we went to Shilin Night Market to have our dinner, or just a simple food trip.

Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Oh yes we will turn into this pig after this food trip in Shilin Night Market 😆

Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

There is a lot of people in the night market. Most visitors are tourists, but there are also a lot of locals.

Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Crispy Pork Paper

As soon as we entered the night market, this man called us and said “Ito masarap” (This is delicious) he really knows we are Filipinos.

Pork Paper Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

He gave us free taste of the Crispy Pork Paper and had a demo that it is nicer to eat if it is cold. I bought some because I really want to buy this hahaha. I like to eat it even if it is cold or hot. 🙂

pork paper Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: The Crispy Pork Paper tasted like Pork Jerky but with a crunch. It is also easier to eat than the jerky.

Price: One box of Crispy Pork Paper costs NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170) or you can buy 3 boxes for NT$250 (US$ 8.50 or PHP420).

 

Sweet Potato Balls

Next we bought the Sweet Potato Ball, one serving is very much enough for 1 person.

Sweet potato ball Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

There are… I think 13 or 14 balls in one cup…

sweet potato ball Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

One serving can make you full immediately, so we just shared.

sweet potato balls Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: The ball itself tasted like Potato and it has a milky filling, it was like condensed milk.

Price: One cup costs NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170).

Sweet potato ball Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Carbon Barbecue

Then, we saw this one. The name is a bit strange, Carbon Barbecue.

Carbon Barbeque Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Carbon Barbeque I think is made out of Bok Choy wrapped in pork, and grilled with a sweet and salty sauce.

Carbon Barbeque Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

We took a selfie with the barbecue, and this very friendly Taiwanese smiled with us. 😁

Carbon Barbeque Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: It tasted good. It tasted like barbecue with of course pork and veggies with it.

Price: One piece costs NT$ 12 (US$ 0.50 or PHP 20)

 

Chicken Pie

We started to get full with this dish, the Chicken Pie. The stall serves a lot of chicken dishes, but we ordered the Chicken Pie.

chicken pie Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Look at this big slab of chicken. The Chicken Pie is made out of a fried big piece of breaded chicken.

chicken pie Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Each serving is big, and can make one person full.

chicken pie Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: The chicken pie tasted like the usual friend chicken.

Price: NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170).

 

Mini Fried Dumpling Balls

Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

One order consists of 9 pieces of mini fried Dumpling Balls with soy sauce and served in a small box like container.

Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: It tasted like fried Pork Siomai.

Price: NT$ 50 (US$ 2 or PHP 90)

 

Shrimps on a Stick

We also took a picture of some stalls even though we did not buy. Like this stall which sells Shrimps on a stick.

Shrimps on a stick seafood Shilin Night Market - Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Prices:

  • Shrimp with sweet chili sauce/ garlic butter/ pink salt NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170)
  • Hawaiian Shrimp / Shrimp with Cheese NT$120 (US$ 4 or PHP 205)

shrimp Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Seafood stand (Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, Clam)

This seafood stall sells a lot of crustaceans which looks yummy, but we didn’t buy. 😅

seafood Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

As you can see from the pictures, one serving is one paper bowl.

Lobster with cheese Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Why we didn’t buy? Aside from it is a bit expensive, we have these in our country.

Price: NT$250 (US$ 8.50 or PHP 425)

 

Clams

clams Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

clams Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

We again did not buy this because we have this in our country.

Price: NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170)

 

Grilled Squid

grilled squid Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

grilled squid Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

grilled squid Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Burned Octopus

The stall translated their specialty as Eight Claw Octopus Burned, but I think this is just the same as the Takoyaki. The difference is the octopus in this can be really seen, while in Takoyaki, the octopus is cut into small pieces and it can’t be really seen through the ball.

takoyaki Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

We saw the actual cooking of the burned octopus, the shredded veggies were first placed, then the octopus, finally the secret mixture.

takoyaki Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

The mixture looked like it has a lot of cheese.

takoyaki Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Price: NT$100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170)

 

Fried Milk

One of the unique food here is this Fried Milk. They also have fried Oreos, and fried milk balls.

fried oreos Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

We just bought their best seller, the fried milk.

fried oreos Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

The solidified milk was dipped into the breading.

fried oreos Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Then it was fried.

fried oreo Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Taste: It tasted like milk that is fried haha I can’t really describe it but it was good. It is okay for a dessert. I think chocolate syrup will be a nice addition to the balls.

Price:

  • 1 stick = NT$ 20 (US$ 0.70 or Php 34)
  • 3 sticks = NT$ 50 (US$ 1.70 or Php 84)

fried oreo Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Grilled Meat

There are various stalls in the area that sells different grilles meat, here are some of the shops that we bought some.

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Price: Almost all of the grilled meat stalls in Shilin Night Market has the same price.

  • 1 stick = NT$ 35 (US$ 1.2 or PHP 60)
  • 3 sticks = NT$ 100 (US$ 3.5 or PHP 170)

Here are some of the available meat.

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Most of them are already cooked, so as soon as the customer orders the seller will just heat it on the grill for a few minutes.

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Here are some of the meat that we ordered being heated…

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Here is the classic barbeque…

grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Then, here is a lot of Chicken butt.

chicken butt grilled meat Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Stinky Tofu

One of the famous delicacies in Taiwan is this Stinky Tofu, unfortunately we were all full so we didn’t bought some.

stinky tofu Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Other Meat Options

There are also other meat options, like this Roasted Suckling Pig. We call this Lechon in our country.

lechon Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Sumptuous ribs…

baby back ribs Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

and roasted sausages and ducks.

Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Sesame Balls

There is always room for dessert! Some stalls in the market sells dessert like this one, Sesame Balls.

Sesame Balls Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Prices:

  • 5 pieces = NT$ 35 (US$ 1.2 or PHP 60)
  • 1 box (10 pieces) = NT$ 60 ( US$ 2 or PHP 102)

 

Candied Fruits

This stand sells candied fruits such as Strawberries, Plums, and Tomatoes.

candied tomato strawberry Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

I wonder how does this candied Tomato tastes like… I didn’t dare to eat one.

candied tomato and strawberry Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

Price:

  • Tomato/ Plum NT$ 35 (US$ 1.2 or PHP 60)
  • Strawberry NT$ 50 (US$ 1.70 or PHP 84)

 

Fruits

There is a lot of fruit stands in the market. Most of them gives free tastes of their fruits.

fruits Shilin Night Market Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Games in Shilin Night Market

Aside from the food, there are games available in the night market.

Fishing

Kids and adults (kids at heart) can play, you just have to catch the fish for a certain time and place it in the small bowl.

fishing game Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Shrimp Fishing

This is the same as the fishing game, but you just have to catch the shrimps.

shrimp fishing game Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Balloon Games

game Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

balloon game Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

Prizes

Here are some of the prizes if you win the games.

game prizes Food Trip Happy and Busy Travels to Taiwan

 

 

Happy and Busy’s Smileys for Shilin Night Market

The night market is nice, there is a lot of food choices, games, and there are some stalls that sells clothes and souvenir items too!

Food

The food were okay, I wish we could eat a lot and have an unlimited budget.

Location

It’s so easy to go to and easy to locate.

Ambiance

The place really feels like a night market.

Value for money

The costs of each food is good for the serving and the taste of each food.

Service

Service of each stall were okay. They acted fast on each order and some are even friendlier.

Comfort Room

Not applicable. We are not sure if there is a comfort room around, we didn’t needed one while we were there.

 

 

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Happy and Busy would like to thank our friends

Kel Sarabia of Daylight Wanderers – Happy’s bestfriend, he provided some of the photos.

Viz – Busy’s bestfriend for providing some photos

1 Comment

  • Tala Martinez
    Wow, natakam ako dito..yumminess! At nakakatuwa yung approach na "ito masarap" =) ..yung ibang games, parang arcade, mukang fun din ang place, lalo na kung mahilig sa street food

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