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  • Alright, so it has been a few hours since we last ate and tonight we're going out for

  • Taiwanese street food (台灣街頭食品).

  • So we're heading to the Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) and we're going to take the

  • MRT to get there.

  • Let's go eat.

  • Sam may be feeling a little bit hangry right now.

  • Just a little bit hangry.

  • Let's ask to be sure.

  • Hey Sam?

  • What?

  • How hangry are you on a level from one to ten?

  • I think I've burst through ten.

  • I'm eleven.

  • So to get to the Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) you want to take the red line to Jiantan Station

  • (劍潭站) and then take exit 1.

  • So we have just arrived at the Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) and it is still quite

  • early.

  • It is 4:30 PM.

  • Most of the stalls start opening closer to five o'clock and things will only continue

  • to get busier as the night goes on.

  • And apparently this market can run until like one or two in the morning.

  • So yeah, still very early.

  • We were hungry so we couldn't wait any longer.

  • So we are having some kind of Barbecue roll with green onion (黑胡椒豬肉卷) in it.

  • Okay so we are having our first snack of the night.

  • And if you have a look over here it is basically a pork roll and it is filled with green onions

  • and she also asked us if we wanted it spicy so she put some powder over it.

  • Of course we said yes.

  • Yes.

  • Haha.

  • Always.

  • So look at that.

  • Oh that looks good.

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh man.

  • Do you like that?

  • That is really nice.

  • Yeah.

  • I'm so hungry right now.

  • What does it taste like because I've never had anything like this before?

  • Well, have a look at it here.

  • It is filled with green onions.

  • That is like the main ingredient in the middle.

  • So you taste both the pork and the green onions.

  • Okay, so Sam's going in.

  • Time for me to try it.

  • Mmmm.

  • That is really good.

  • I like that the green onions give it like a bit of juiciness.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah.

  • And the pork is a little bit salty but it is not too as spicy as I thought it would

  • be.

  • Yeah.

  • And we paid the equivalent of five dollars for this.

  • It was a bit expensive.

  • A little bit pricy but I mean.

  • It was 150 Taiwanese Dollars.

  • So yeah.

  • But it is good.

  • So there is one drink I've been wanting to try ever since we got to Taipei (臺北市).

  • I love bubble tea (珍珠奶茶) and apparently it originated here so voila.

  • Look at that.

  • Look at that.

  • I got one with brown sugar so you can see me mixing it.

  • You can see the brown sugar.

  • So good.

  • On the sides and then you can see the like the pearl tapioca jellies at the bottom.

  • Man, that looks good.

  • Oh man.

  • Oh man.

  • Mmmmm.

  • Real deal?

  • That is so amazing.

  • I love this drink so so much.

  • Is it nice and sweet?

  • Mmmm.

  • What can you taste?

  • Don't want to choke on the tapioca balls but it is almost syrupy.

  • The brown sugar.

  • Like it is quite thick.

  • So you really get that flavor coming through and I love that it is made with milk because

  • apparently you can just get straight up tea and I was like no no no let's go with the

  • classic.

  • Give me some milk here.

  • The milk in there.

  • So yeah, it is so good.

  • So good.

  • So Sam just had to get a taste of it as well.

  • Of course.

  • I'm sharing.

  • Sharing is caring.

  • So how much was this one?

  • Mmmm.

  • Okay, before I talk about that I just have to say how good and sweet that is.

  • Yeah.

  • You really taste the brown sugar.

  • Oh man.

  • And then you get sucking up all of the jellies.

  • Man, that is good.

  • Okay so that was 50 Taiwan dollars which is about a dollar fifty US.

  • So yeah that is a nice affordable cheap drink.

  • And so worth it.

  • So worth it.

  • And you know what else is cool.

  • They give you a really thick straw so you can get at your bubbles.

  • Yep.

  • Exactly.

  • Suck them bubbles.

  • So for our next Taiwanese street snack we are having Taiwan fried chicken (鹹酥雞)

  • and this was quite the process.

  • Like first he took the chicken breaded it, deep-fried it and then he took a pan and added

  • the sauce.

  • We got sweet chili and then pan-fried the chicken even further in the glaze.

  • And are those rice cakes beside it?

  • These look like these could be little rice cakes.

  • Yeah.

  • Oh wow.

  • And then on top of that he sprinkled peanuts and sesame seeds.

  • It looks amazing.

  • Yeah.

  • And that was one hundred and ten Taiwanese dollars so you're looking at about three US

  • bucks for that.

  • A little bit more.

  • A little more than three US.

  • How is that?

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • Good?

  • It is so tender but so juicy at the same time.

  • How about the sauce?

  • Sweet.

  • So sweet.

  • Which is really good.

  • So this was Sam's pick tonight.

  • And I think you're going to be very pleased.

  • I think I will.

  • Oh that is so good.

  • Isn't it?

  • Like you said really tender.

  • Yeah.

  • And I love the combination of nuts and sesame seeds on the outside.

  • Yeah.

  • It gives it a crunch.

  • Yeah.

  • Mmmm.

  • Perfect combination.

  • And it is a bit spicy too.

  • So if I can offer one piece of advice when visiting this market it would be to come a

  • little bit later in the evening.

  • We arrived around four thirty and it was you know pretty quiet.

  • Things are starting to pickup a little bit but our food options have been a little bit

  • limited because people are just you know showing up and opening their stalls.

  • So later in the evening is best.

  • Thank you.

  • So Sam is leading the way with this one.

  • What are we having next?

  • Alright moment of truth.

  • We've been playing it kind of tame.

  • Playing it kind of safe so far.

  • We're going right in to the classic Taiwanese street food (台湾街头食品) here.

  • We are having Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐).

  • Oh my.

  • And it is funny because we saw this tofu stand and we're like is this stinky or not we don't

  • know.

  • So I walk up to it and I go.

  • Sniff.

  • Oh yeah.

  • That is the real deal.

  • That is stinky.

  • That is definitely the real stuff.

  • So if you've never tried this before I was reading on wikipedia earlier this afternoon

  • that it smells something like stinky feet or garbage.

  • Rotting garbage.

  • Oh my.

  • So yeah it is strong.

  • I'm going to go take a bite here.

  • Yeah.

  • I think there is some cabbage.

  • You can see it is on a double skewer here.

  • Yeah, a double skewers and it has got cabbage in the middle.

  • Somewhat like a sandwich.

  • Oh my.

  • A little overpowering there.

  • That is something else.

  • Oh.

  • It is spicy.

  • Um.

  • Oh man.

  • I'm keeping my distance.

  • It is just you really taste the sourness of it.

  • And the fermented aspect and woah.

  • That is something that would take a while to get used to.

  • I don't think I'm ever going to enjoy this one to be honest.

  • How about a second bite to.

  • Alright I'll do one more.

  • I'll do one more.

  • Maybe it'll grow on you.

  • I also kind of want you to eat most of it so I will have very little left for myself.

  • So just go ahead.

  • Oh.

  • Go ahead.

  • That is something.

  • I don't even know how to describe it because I've never had anything quite like it before.

  • So.

  • Wow.

  • That is fascinating.

  • How much did it cost?

  • That was only forty five.

  • So just over a dollar.

  • About a dollar thirty or a dollar forty for that.

  • So it is cheap.

  • And you should try it if you're in Taipei (臺北市).

  • Why not right?

  • Yep.

  • And did I mention that scooters come zipping around out of nowhere.

  • Okay.

  • So after stinky tofu (臭豆腐) comes the reward.

  • Although that being said I don't deserve a reward because I didn't try the tofu.

  • But we decided to get something sweet instead.

  • This is for you Sam.

  • I'm going to sample it for you to make sure it is okay.

  • So we got a crepe (蛋餅) with oreo ice cream, Nutella, banana, whipped cream, chocolate

  • powder.

  • Yeah, it was the whole process of making it was pretty fancy.

  • Mmmm.

  • How is that?

  • Mmmm.

  • Sweet tooth cravings fulfilled?

  • Haha.

  • You're speechless.

  • That is how I know it is good.

  • For your bravery.

  • You are being awarded an ice cream.

  • This is my reward here.

  • Which I've sampled for you.

  • Hey don't make out with the ice cream.

  • Mmmm.

  • I'm still going to have some more.

  • Oh I'm going to be making out with the ice cream some more.

  • Hey!

  • Sam!

  • That is so mean.

  • It is all over your lips too.

  • That is so good.

  • So decadent.

  • I mean I just got on the second bite a lot of Nutella and like woah.

  • With the ice cream and whipped cream and then the light fluffiness of the crepe.

  • Man, I haven't even.

  • Oh yeah it is a good dessert.

  • I haven't had Nutella yet.

  • That is a nice Taiwanese dessert here.

  • So we've already had dessert but we thought 'hey' there is always room for one more.

  • Dessert just keeps rolling.

  • And this is definitely the most colorful thing we've seen out here at the Shilin Night Market

  • (士林夜市) so far.

  • So apparently if you can see here.

  • These are pieces of strawberry that have been put on a skewer and these are candied (糖葫蘆)

  • or called a toffee kind of fruit.

  • Yeah.

  • And you also notice sweet tomatoes and also plums as well.

  • Yeah.

  • We decided to go with strawberry.