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  • Greetings from Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Another day and another night market.

  • And we brought our appetite.

  • Today we are visiting the Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市) and they are renown for their

  • street food.

  • If you want to have street food this is the one market you need to visit.

  • And earlier this week we visited Shilin night market (士林夜市) where we got to try a few different

  • treats.

  • Yeah.

  • But we're on the lookout for more Taiwanese street food (Xiaochi - 小吃).

  • It is all about the food tonight.

  • Let's go eat.

  • Okay so we found our first snack of the night.

  • Before we even entered the market.

  • Yeah, so we're trying a pork bun (胡椒餅) that was cooked in the oven.

  • And this is just freshly made so really exciting.

  • It is like pipping hot.

  • I can feel it warm in my hands.

  • And it was cooked in what resembled like one of those Indian tandoori ovens where the bread

  • just sticks to the side.

  • That is really good.

  • And this is filled with pork and chives.

  • So I'm not getting a lot of pork on the first bite but it is very thick and condensed.

  • So very doughy.

  • Let's see if we can get a better look.

  • Alright, so we've finally made it to the point where I can get some meat here.

  • Alright.

  • Mmmm.

  • Bite number two.

  • Oh yeah.

  • Nice big piece of pork.

  • A big piece of pork.

  • What?

  • Is it ground pork?

  • It is ground pork.

  • It is ground pork.

  • Mmmm.

  • The pork is a little bit sweet and also a little bit spicy.

  • But the dough is savory and salty.

  • It is a nice contrast.

  • It tastes really good.

  • And it was also really cheap.

  • It was only fifty Taiwan dollars which is I think about a dollar fifty.

  • A little bit more than a dollar fifty US.

  • So Sam got the giant pork bun but they also have options for vegetarians in the form of

  • mini-buns.

  • So I'm going to try that one.

  • Look at it.

  • Yeah.

  • Covered in sesame seeds.

  • That was just stuffed at the bottom of our package.

  • So pretty cool.

  • There you go.

  • It is just the chives.

  • That is all that is in it.

  • That is your vegetable.

  • The chives.

  • The green onions.

  • Is it tasty?

  • Really tasty.

  • And I like that it is a small bite.

  • And I like that is was a bonus.

  • We didn't pay for it.

  • Or I feel like we didn't pay for it.

  • It was just like stuffed in the bottom of the bag.

  • We like free things.

  • What is next?

  • Okay, next we're having something sweet so we stopped at Anna's egg tart (蛋撻).

  • And these are like the miniature egg tarts (蛋撻) that you might find in Portugal or

  • Hong Kong or Macau.

  • Except these are like mini bites that you can just pop them right in.

  • Yeah, you can pop them in.

  • One each.

  • Mmmm.

  • How is that?

  • That is really nice.

  • It is like creamy and smooth and custardy.

  • It is really good.

  • I'll have this one too.

  • Hey!

  • Hahaha.

  • That is so mean.

  • I'm not sure this is going to be enough for Sam the giant.

  • Show us that tiny little.

  • Look at how small that is.

  • These are really mini.

  • When they said they were mini they weren't kidding.

  • But I love these.

  • Like you've said I've had them in Portugal, I've had them in Hong Kong.

  • I've had them in Macau so really cool to try egg tarts here in Taiwan.

  • Yeah.

  • Big enough to fill a cavity, right Sam?

  • Mmmm.

  • Oh man.

  • What do you think?

  • That is really good.

  • The thing I really like about it is that it is really creamy and sweet.

  • I can tell that those are freshly made because it is still warm.

  • Yeah.

  • Mmmm.

  • And they were so cheap.

  • Flaky pastry.

  • How much did we pay?

  • They were only twenty each.

  • So you're talking like just over a dollar US for us to both have.

  • Maybe like a dollar twenty.

  • Really really good.

  • Nice little bite.

  • But yeah that is not going to fill me up.

  • Alright, let's keep moving.

  • Red bean.

  • Okay.

  • (Speaking Chinese)

  • And now it is time for a mystery sample that caught our eye but we have no idea what it

  • is.

  • We're being a little adventurous here.

  • We have no idea what this is.

  • It is cold in the hand.

  • And it feels kind of slimy.

  • And we got ten of these for thirty five Taiwan dollars so that is just over one US dollar.

  • So let's just hop right in and try it.

  • Um, I think I heard him say red bean.

  • Yes, one of these are red bean.

  • And this was sitting on ice.

  • It looks like a dessert that was sitting on ice.

  • Mmmm.

  • Okay.

  • Sweet.

  • Yeah.

  • The red beans obviously has some sugar added to it.

  • And if I had to guess I think it is something the consistency is sort of like a rice cake

  • on the outside.

  • Do you think it is like a miniature mochi ball (麻糍 - 麻糬), maybe?

  • It could be.

  • It might be little mochi balls (麻糍 - 麻糬).

  • Quality control.

  • Quality control.

  • Mmmm.

  • Is it passing quality control?

  • It is.

  • I like it.

  • It is kind of like a I would consider it to be a little bit more like a dessert than.

  • It is definitely not savory.

  • It is sweet.

  • Good stuff.

  • My hand is actually freezing holding this bag because it has chunks of ice in it.

  • Um, but I'm going to try a different one.

  • Sam was having the red bean.

  • And this is another mystery one.

  • It is yellow.

  • I have no idea.

  • The lady was trying to explain what it was but I don't get it.

  • We didn't catch.

  • We didn't catch it.

  • Does it taste like anything familiar?

  • No?

  • It has like the texture of bean paste.

  • Yeah.

  • White bean paste?

  • Is there such a thing as a white bean?

  • Hahaha.

  • I don't know.

  • It is good though.

  • It reminds me a lot of red bean paste just different color.

  • But it is sweet.

  • And it is cold.

  • My hands are so cold right now.

  • So this next snack was purchased solely for its cute factor.

  • Let's take a look in the the bag.

  • They're like these little egg waffles (雞蛋仔) or pancakes shaped like a cartoon.

  • So here I've got Sponge Bob Square Pants.

  • Let's see who else is in there.

  • We've got this is like a Pokemon.

  • That is a Pokemon.

  • I don't really follow it.

  • I have no idea.

  • If you guys follow Pokemon tell us who it is.

  • And if it a Pokemon.

  • Hahaha.

  • This looks like a cow with giant nostrils.

  • No, that is panda bear.

  • That is a panda bear.

  • Anyways let's try it and see what it is like.

  • A cow with giant nostrils.

  • Nice.

  • Oh how is that?

  • Okay.

  • So no filling whatsoever.

  • But it is super light and fluffy and it has like pockets of air inside.

  • Is it sweet?

  • It is pretty nice.

  • This would be good with ice cream.

  • Oh, it is sweet.

  • Oh yeah.

  • It is like cake.

  • Fluffy cake.

  • Okay Sam, who will you be devouring tonight?

  • So I'm going to bite in to Sponge Bob here.

  • Sponge Bob.

  • Square Pants.

  • Those are really good.

  • They're freshly made.

  • That is what I'm loving about this night market so far.

  • Everything we've had has been pipping hot.

  • Freshly made.

  • Gotta love that.

  • And it was cheap too.

  • So we paid forty five Taiwan dollars for this one.

  • Which is less than one dollar and fifty cents US.

  • So and we got five.

  • We got five of them.

  • Yeah.

  • We'll be snacking on these for a while.

  • Alright.

  • Please put the whole cookie deep in your mouth and chew it.

  • So what are you having Audrey?

  • It is smoking.

  • Smoking cookie.

  • I have to put this whole thing in my mouth, chew with my teeth and not with my tongue.

  • Alright.

  • Woah!

  • It is smoking out of your mouth.

  • Haha.

  • You look like a dragon.

  • Haha.

  • Is it good?

  • It is cold.

  • It is ice.

  • Oh wow.

  • It kind of gets stuck to your tongue.

  • That is why they tell you to eat it with your teeth and eat it fast.

  • Because it wants to get stuck to your tongue.

  • So you probably just saw me try a smoking cookie.

  • We also got some ice cream from the same place.

  • This is called Smoking Molecule ice cream.

  • I got the bubble tea (波霸奶茶) flavor and this is the bubble tea sauce in a syringe.

  • An injection of it.

  • An injection.

  • Let me inject that.

  • He said do it slowly.

  • There we go.

  • That looks good.

  • And it has the pearls.

  • This is bubble tea (波霸奶茶) which I love.

  • Let's see is this going to make me smoke as well?

  • Like this ice cream is super cold.

  • It was so cold it was freezing.

  • I don't know what they're putting into it.

  • Let's try.

  • Mmmm.

  • How is that?

  • Ha!

  • It is not making me smoke.

  • No smoke this time.

  • No smoke this time but the ice cream is really good.

  • It is dripping down the sides but it is tasty.

  • Mmmmm.

  • Yeah.

  • That place was a lot of fun.

  • It is kind of like a performance while they're making your food.

  • Yeah, that is what I thought too.

  • I thought it was just fascinating to see how it was made and just it is such a charismatic

  • performance and a lot of attention to detail.

  • A lot of fun.