When we got out of the jiantan MRT station, we thought we would follow the crowds to the food market. Makes sense, right? We crossed the street and there were no food stalls in sight, only clothing stores on the street! This market is huge and you can easily lose your sense of direction. I thought that there would be some food stalls on the street but most of them were in the basement of this building. Having said that, we shared amongst the 3 of us: the big fried chicken, beef noodle soup, oyster pancake, and mango ice which were all yummy. Not so yummy were the pepper pork buns (too much pepper and too much bread) and the veg/meat buns (skimpy filling) which was disappointing since buns are what Taiwan is famous for. After eating inside, we wandered the streets and looked at the clothing stores. We then happened upon this stall that sold beef buns that they baked in a tandoor-like oven, it seemed to be a husband/wife stall. The woman was quickly wrapping the meat and a ton of spring onions in dough and her husband was reaching inside the oven and sticking them on the side. The buns came out a little crunchy on the bottom and still doughy around the rest. These buns were fantastic! We bought some to take to the hotel and had them cold (we put them in the mini fridge) for breakfast the next day. Still fabulous! I would go back to the night market just for these buns...if we can find it again!
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