Traditional Markets in Taiwan

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.

A typical fishmonger selling his goods. The people of Taiwan don't have much meat in their diet, as there is little space to raise cows, but there is plenty of fish!

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.

On the left is Dragon Fruit, which is unique to the climate zone. They are either white or blood red inside, depending on the variety. On the right is Pummelo, which can also be found in the US. They are sort of like overgrown grapefruit.

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:

Roasted chicken and duck on display

Lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, and potatoes can also be found here

I don't think there is a name for this fruit in english, but translated directly from Mandarin it is called "Buddha's Head Fruit", due to it's bumpy shell resembling the head of Buddha

Here are some links in case you guys want to see some more pictures: https://wakecounty.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/dscf7794.jpg

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-Matt

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3 Responses to Traditional Markets in Taiwan

  1. lindsey @ eva perry library, apex says:

    Yeah, good point. Definitely ask permission before taking pictures of people or their fruit. It’s just polite. These are great pictures, btw.

  2. Nicole says:

    That’s really interesting. The dragon fruit looks good. Good pictures!

  3. CHill says:

    Like the photo you added, hope for more photos as you can.. will keep reading. UC.

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