In Taipei, you can find 5 star hotels, fancy restaurants, and modern coffee joints. However you can also find traditional marketplaces in alleyways that sell items ranging from kitchen appliances to roasted duck to dried herbs and spices. This is the kind of marketplace I went to last night.
These marketplaces are about equivalent to farmer’s markets back in the US. But they don’t just sell raw fruits and vegetables; you can also find stalls that sell meals that are ready to eat, and bakeries with all kinds of bread. I personally sampled everything there that seemed even remotely edible.
The star of these marketplaces here in Taiwan is the fruit. Because of the tropical climate of the area, many different types of fruit grow here, many of which can’t be found in the US.
I personally like the dragon fruit the best. It tastes surprisingly like a kiwi, but it is much more fragrant.
I did run into some difficulty taking these pictures though. It turns out many of the shop owners don’t like people taking pictures of their foods (I learned that the hard way). Apparently they are worried that their trade secrets are going to be copied (as if taking a picture is as bad as taking an actual piece of food). It’s usually only the bread bakeries and dumpling makers that are concerned though, so I got some pretty nice photos of every thing else. Check em out:
Here are some links in case you guys want to see some more pictures: https://wakecounty.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/dscf7794.jpg