Night Markets

May 6, 2011

The Danshuin college group and I walked down the streets of “Old Town.” The kids said I had to have some Plum Tea Drink. An elderly woman behind a worn, wooden counter ladled our drinks out of a large metal container and sent us on our way. The drink had a purple hue and tasted like a strong, sour, and strange sort of Gatorade.

The streets of Old Town were ablaze with neon and the odors wafted effortlessly from sweet to foul as tourists and locals strolled along the sidewalk. Pastries, chicken feet, sausages, fresh fruit, noodles, and stinky tofu could all be found in this culinary midway.

This was part of a “Night Market.” The Night Markets in Taiwan are a popular spot for many locals and tourists alike. They are like outdoor malls only without proper sanitation or a health code. They are definitely worth a visit.

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