The Tong Hua Night Market (通化夜市) is one of the less well-known night markets in Taipei so you won't be seeing as many tourists. In fact, while I was there, a good 90% of the people there seems to be locals - you know it's good when the locals go! The Tong Hua Night Market is also known as Lin Jiang Ye Shi (臨江夜市) as it is located along Lin Jiang street so don't go searching for both thinking they are different. Also, if you happen to stay in the Grand Hyatt Taipei like I did, Tong Hua Night Market is probably one of the closest one located to the hotel - approximately 15 to 20 minutes stroll.
What to Eat at the Tonghua Night Market (通化夜市)?
1. San Xing Cong Bing (三星蔥餅)
The San Xing Cong Bing (三星蔥餅) is a green onion pancake that was originally from Yilan, a county in Northeastern Taiwan. San Xing is a township in the Western part of Yilan that is famed for producing San Xing Cong (scallions from the town of San Xing). The fresh mountain water and geographical advantages in this town produce the allegedly best tasting scallions that are crisp and delicious. Instead of traveling to Yilan, come down to the Tong Hua Night Market and try this delicious dish yourself!
2. Yan Su Ji (盐酥鸡)
Yan Su Ji (盐酥鸡) which translates into Salted Crispy Chicken (or more affectionately known as Taiwanese Fried Chicken) is a dish that you will see in almost all night markets. One of the most well-known Yan Su Ji however is from Tong Hua Night Market. With over ten years of experience under his belt, the Taiwanese Fried Chicken is moist and tender in the outside while having a deliciously crispy battery outside. Conveniently, this store was just right across from the San Xing Cong Bing while I was there.
3. Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包)
Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包) which translates into Pan Fried Bun, contains flavourful pork (or other variants of meat) filling with a delicious soup stock. While this dish is originally from Shanghai, this store at Tong Hua Night Market (通化夜市) makes a pretty good one too!
4. Roasted Sugarcane Juice
Since it is getting warmer in Taipei (as I am writing this article), this warm beverage may not be as attractive. When I visited Tong Hua Night Market (通化夜市) a week ago, it was actually 15 degree Celsius, making this warm beverage a godsend. Anyhow, if you are looking for a drink to quench your thirst from eating the street food, this roasted sugarcane is sweeter than the usual sugarcane juice with a hint of smokiness.
How to get to Tong Hua Night Market (通化夜市)?
Opening Hours: 5pm til late
Closest Metro Station: Xinyi Anhe Station (信義安和站) - RED LINE