Studying abroad in Asia - what to eat at the night markets in Taiwan
Studying abroad In Asia
Food and drinks
Visiting Taiwan whilst studying abroad in Hong Kong was a memorable experience - not only was the city of Taichung busy, exciting and beautiful. But the city also had delicious night market selling an array of different snacks, teas and desserts located within the heart of the city.
Like I have said before; studying abroad in Asia would not be complete without trying the cultural cuisines of the local city that you find yourself. Therefore whilst Studying abroad in Asia I really wanted to try the food Taiwan had to offer.
In this post we will explore the different snacks and desserts that can be found in the night market in Taichung however if you want to know more about different cuisines and Taiwanese dishes don’t hesitate to check out my other posts.
Firstly the night market I am referring to is the “Feng Chia” Nightmarket which is located around Feng Chia University and includes the Fengjia-Wenhua Night Market, Fengjia Rd., and Fuxing Rd. the market itself is just outside Taichung’s commercial business districts and it covers approximately 1km in diameter. However, the market itself is not limited to just one street, there are actually various alleyways and streets you can discover whilst making your way around the market. No wonder that the night market has been claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.
Now we have got an idea of where the market is located. We will briefly discuss how to get there before we explore, the more interesting topic, of what there is to eat.
How to get to Feng Chia night market when studying abroad in Asia：
There are 2 core routes you must be aware of:
1st - Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Taichung Interchange → Sce. 3, Taichung Port Rd. → Sec. 3, Liming Rd. → Shang-an Rd. → Fengjia Rd.
2nd - Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Shalu Interchange → Prov. Hwy 10 → Prov. Hwy 1B → County Hwy 127 → Fuxing N. Rd. → Funxing Rd. → Fengjia Rd.
Public：Take the train to Taichung Railway Station, continue by Bus No. 25 or 35 to Feng Chia University stop.
What to eat at Feng Chai night market when studying abroad in Asia?
1. The 'Devil’s Chicken Chop'
If you eat one thing from FengJia Night Market, it must be the Devil's chicken chop. Usually, when you think of 'deep fried chicken' you tends to think of a chewy, thin and dry bone of meat. But this one is different; You'll soon come to realise that the chop is juicy and tender, whilst at the same time being great value for money.
2. Egg roll
If you are looking for a vegetarian option at the FengJia Night Market in Taiwan then this 'egg roll' is a shout. The ingredients are simple; it is basically made of flour and egg. Egg rolls are key for Taiwanese cuisine. that is why trying these little snacks are a must when studying abroad in Taiwan.
3. Bubble Tea
Taiwan's most famous drink is, you guest it, bubble tea! That is why, whilst you're at the FengJia Night Market in Taiwan trying this tasty drink is a must! When i first tried bubble tea the texture was interesting however the drink slowly grew on me.
4. Pepper Biscuits
The particular shop that i am referring to that sell the pepper biscuits have won multiple awards, and has been featured on various TV ads. Additionally, the biscuits are very cheap, roughly 40NTB each and 150 if you buy 4. Therefore, it is a no brainer to try these snacks whilst on your year abroad in Taiwan and browsing the FengJia Night Market.
5. Roast Duck Bun
Another great find is the Roast Duck Bun. Whilst you're at the FengJia Night Market in Taiwan be sure to check out a roast duck stand, as they are surprisingly more healthy than the other deep fried foods that are available, as the buns are steamed and they come with plenty of vegetables.
I hope this post has acted as a guide as to 'what to eat' whilst you're studying abroad in Taiwan and have the opportunity to visit the FengJia Night Market. However, as i have not yet explored the entire market and got the opportunity to visit every single stall, i would also advise to try the random items that make you curious...as they are usually the best.