Some say if you have never visited FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市), then you have not been to Taichung(台中)! That shows how famous FengJia Night Market is, a must visit tourism spot in Taichung. It was the largest night market in Taiwan (claimed to be), covering area up to 1km around Feng Chia University in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. The night market was full of quality clothes, bags, shoes, souvenirs, mobile phone accessories and of course foods and snacks! You can find all these at reasonable price, bargain is allowed at certain stores.
FengJia Market was really huge, our plan was to focus on the foods, and leave shopping at other places in Taipei (台北) like XiMenDing (西門町), stay tuned!
Getting to FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市)
We hired driver for GaoMei Wetland (高美湿地) round trip, from HSR TaiChung Station to GaoMei Wetland, then last stop at our accommodation 台中逢甲新宿(FengJiaXinSu). You can find my review on 逢甲新宿 (FengJiaXinSu) here.
If you are taking HSR like we did, you can take shuttle bus 160 from HSR TaiChung Station (高鐵臺中站) towards Chinese Overseas University (僑光科技大學), alight at Feng Chia University (逢甲大学). It is free for HSR passengers with HSR receipt, so do remember to keep your HSR receipts to enjoy the free service. The journey takes around 40mins with smooth traffic. You can find more information at TaiChung Transportation Bureau webpage.
FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市)
Could not wait to try out those delicious and “creative” foods in FengJia Night Market, we quickly checked in accommodation and went out for foods hunting!
We could only manage to cover part of the night market during 1st night (4 hours), so been there again on 3rd night trying to cover more. So I will include here the foods that we have tried on 3rd night as well.
Are you ready with handkerchief to wipe your saliva?
First, we tried the Da Jia (大甲芋頭城) yam rice ball desert & Yi Xing (一心素食) stinky tofu (really quite stink) were nearby our accommodation. These 2 stalls were so famous in FengJia Night Market, tasted pretty good. I like the yam rice ball desert [NT45 for mixture], so chewy and heavy flavor, especially the pumpkin rice ball, nice!Cia Cia Fu fries with plum powder (甘梅薯條). The combination of sweet potato and plum powder tasted not bad and special, kind of creative. It wasn’t so delicious, but I couldn’t resist to keep eating. Cost, small – NT35, regular – NT55, large – NT100, ours was small.
JieChanXiaoPu (解饞小舖 ) “red tea” stinky tofu, the name itself already attracted us. We decided to get 1 box after food tasting offered by a staff. The tofu was crispy with rich bean taste; kimchi was fine but I don’t like the combination of that with stinky tofu, I find that 2 didn’t match; the sauce (not shown in picture) was good, a bit spicy and tasted like oyster, perfect match for the tofu. Our tofu became soft when reach hotel, so I will recommend to finish it as soon as possible. It cost NT55 for 1 box, NT100 for 2.
Japan boat Takoyaki (日船章鱼小丸子) and MingLun Pancake (明伦蛋饼) were next to each other, with long queues. We tried the Wasabi flavor Takoyaki [NT45]. I find it tasted weird with Wasabi at the beginning, but getting to like it more after awhile, ended up that became my favorite food of the night! The squid was chewy, overall texture wasn’t so soft and just nice for me, I don’t like Takoyaki to be too soft. The Wasabi was appetite stimulating, it might taste a bit spicy but that was totally fine for me.
Honestly, we decide to try MingLun Pancake [NT30] because of its super long queue, didn’t find the food attractive to us at first. The pancake was good, egg tasted so fresh with the sauce they used, texture was soft and smooth, , I would say it deserved the rating of above average.
AYue Red Tea (阿月红茶), bought our 1st cup of red tea of the trip from this tea house, regretted after 1st sip… For me, it was a cup of ice water, tasteless… And that cost us NT45. We have tried a few more tea shops during the trip which are way better than this.
We love mushroom and fried foods, this deep fried salty mushroom matched that 2 criteria, so we bought it, simple reason… The mushrooms that cost us NT50 were crispy, it tasted salty when you 1st put it into your mouth and then the fresh mushroom taste, liked it.
ShiFangYuan (十方缘) offered a huge variety of grilled sausages, original, Mala, Wasabi, lemon, and many more. I am a huge sausage fan, couldn’t resist the aroma and quickly bought one before my stomach got filled up. That smelled good, crispy outside firm inside, tasted good and juicy sausage cost me NT40.
I have tried JinPaiJuWuBa( 金牌巨无霸) stinky tofu during my previous trip and liked it so much, and wanted to revisit again. This time round the quality dropped, but still above average. The skin was crispy while inner was soft, the black sauce used tasted like oyster sauce and able to bring out the bean taste. It didn’t really smell stinky with the coriander, and that actually made the fried tofu tasted less oily. It was selling at NT50 per box.
We were so satisfied with the 1st day of our Taiwan trip and couldn’t wait for the 2nd day’s activities!
- Free shuttle bus service 160 from HSR TaiChung Station (高鐵臺中站) to Feng Chia University, for HSR passengers with HSR receipt.
- Keep your stomach empty before heading to FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市).
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