[Taipei] One of the oldest night markets in Taipei, the Raohe Street Night Market饒河夜市 is packed with food, retail and entertainment stalls.
Raohe Street Night Market is the epitome of authentic Taiwanese experience. With its wide range of traditional street food stalls, quaint retail shops, and carnival/arcade-style activities, this is a must-visit for any tourist.
As the name suggests, it’s located along Raohe Street in the Songshan District.
So while the market is not as big or well-known as the Shi-Lin Night Market, it boasts of around 600 meters of shopping space. This single pedestrian lane makes this open-air market easy to navigate and browse through.
It is also not as touristy and packed.
Shoppers walking amidst a festive mood, vendors showcasing their unique delicacies, and the cool night air complete the Raohe Street Night Market ambiance.
You know when you’re at Raohe the moment you see a temple standing at the beginning of the road.
The Ciyou Temple, built during the Qing Dynasty by residents, sits at the eastern end of the market just outside the Songshan Station. Its proximity to both MRT Green Line 3 and train makes this a staple of any travel itinerary in Taipei.
Foodies trek to this market mostly for local gastronomic treats, from baked to grilled items. Here are some of the food you can find at Raohe Night Market 饒河夜市:
Fu Zhou Shi Zu Pepper Bun 福州世祖胡椒
You CANNOT miss the famous Fu Zhou Shi Zu food stall, right there as you enter Raohe Street. It serves Hu Jiao Bing, a.k.a. Black Pepper Bun (TWD50, SGD2.24) or “Taiwanese Pepper Bun”.
It is a piping hot baked bun stuffed with minced meat (pork or beef), scallion, sugar, soy sauce and of course, black pepper.
The vendors prepare and bakes them in front of you.
People swear that the 10 to 20 minutes waiting time as you wait in queue is worth it. There are other stalls that sell pepper buns, but this stall has the longest line ever.
Angus Beef Cubes
Another popular item is the torched Angus Beef Cubes. These are juicy bite-size chunks of beef, cooked upon order.
You can add different toppings, but rose salt is recommended.
Shi Boss Spicy Tofu 施老闆麻辣臭豆腐
Famous stinky tofu soup stall – you can smell it from metres away. Try the Mala Stingy Tofu added with duck blood curd, or the crispy version with picked cabbages. A
A portion is priced from TWD50 to TWD100.
Monga Fried Chicken 艋舺雞排
A brand co-owned by celebrity host NONO, Monga serves up Fried Chicken Fillet in flavours of “Tian Wang” (heavenly kind), Seaweed, Chilli; Fried Mushrooms; Fried Sweet Potato Strips; and Juicy Chicken Nuggets.
The Fried Chicken pieces are said to be sliced into a thick slices with a minimum of 2cm, that ensures that the chicken fillet remains firm and satisfyingly juicy even after being deep-fried.
To distinguish itself further, Monga uses honey instead of granulated sugar to marinate the chicken meat. The amylase in honey helps to tenderise the meat and elevates the taste of the chicken fillet.
Taiwanese Beef Noodles
The classic Taiwanese dish, Beef Noodles (TWD90, SGD4.03), is sold by many vendors at Raohe.
It is served with tender slices of beef bathing in a rich and savoury broth, mingling with thick bouncy noodles.
Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medical Herbs Soup 陳董藥燉排骨
Pork ribs soup with strong herbal taste. The stall also serves up Lamb Chops and Braised Pork Rice.
Of course, do not leave without having some “Xiang Chang” – skewered plump Chinese sausages.
They’re fresh (not dried) and made from coarsely chopped pork with some un-rendered pork fat to keep them moist and juicy.
The flavour is more on the sweet side.
You can rehydrate yourself after all the walking with freshly squeezed juices.
These are available in stalls all over the market. Try to look for the lady who makes/sells taro tapioca ang mung bean drinks. Sells fast!
Her stall is near the temple in the middle of the market, near the Nike store.
Other tips: Take exit 5 when you get off the terminal station Songshan (松山) of MRT Green Line. The ornate night market entrance is right across the street next to the temple. Just a minute away.
If you prefer the train, take any local train northbound (區間車) from Taipei Main Station to Songshan Station (松山). Exit via MRT Exit 5.
Some stalls may open as early as 4:00pm or 5:00pm but it is best to come around 7:00PM to enjoy all the shops open. The hustling and bustling intensify around 9:00pm.
Crowds tend to form around the eastern edge of the market, especially from tour groups. It is best to browse the shops first before buying from the first store you spot.
There are stores even in the middle of the street, so walking space is quite narrow. Not recommended for parents with strollers.
Before munching a snack at Raohe, you can stroll and shop at the Clothing Shopping Outlet in Wufenpu (五分埔). This area is known for its super discounted fashion finds. Get lost in the maze of alleys filled with shops that will please any shopaholic.
Raohe Street Night Market 饒河夜市
Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Nearest Station: Songshan)
Tel: +886 2 2763 5733
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am Daily
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