Raohe Night Market: Your Complete Guide to Taipei’s Best Street Food

Raohe Night Market is the best place to get a taste of authentic Taiwanese street food.

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Raohe Night Market Fried Chicken

We’re not afraid to admit it: Taiwanese cuisine is by far, our FAVORITE type of food. So much so, that during our trip to Taipei, we stayed on Raohe Street, right in the heart of Raohe Night Market.

We explored the Raohe Night Market for a total of 4 nights in a row, walking up and down the market to find the best street food that Taiwan has to offer. This 600-meter street is not just a market, but a hub of culture and taste and contains multiple Michelin-recommended food stalls.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the Raohe Night Market: including what to eat, tips for a better experience, and how to get there. We’ll share insights on the most famous food stalls and our personal journey, offering a glimpse into the heart of Taiwanese life and the flavors that define it.

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8 Tips for Visiting the Raohe Night Market

  1. Bring Cash
    • Cash is king at every single stall in the night market. Ensure you have enough cash on hand to pay for your food.
    • If you need cash, there is a 7-eleven in Raohe Night Market that has an ATM.
  2. Plan to visit more than once if you want to eat at all of the best stalls
    • The individual stalls in the night market all operate on their own schedules, so it’s not every day that all of your chosen stalls will be open at the same time. Sometimes, despite online information stating otherwise, certain stalls might unexpectedly be closed on a given day.
  3. The best time to visit the Raohe Night Market is right when most stalls open at 5 PM
    • Being early has its perks: you’ll beat the crowds, navigate through the market smoothly, and eat at all of the popular stalls without having to wait in long lines.
  4. Obey the flow of foot traffic
    • When you’re in the market, you’ll notice that everyone follows a counter-clockwise path around the market. In simple terms, it’s best to stick to the right side of the stalls as you browse the market.
  5. Don’t stand in front of any of the stalls!
    • The stall owners will get upset if you mingle in their business front since it dissuades other customers from going to the stalls.
  6. Don’t stand in the wrong line
    • If you want to sit down and eat at a stall that has a seating area, you just find an open seat and sit down. The stall workers will come up to you and take your order.
    • The people waiting in line are waiting to get take-out orders.
  7. Bring Your Own Napkins and Wet Wipes
    • Many stalls at night markets in Taiwan don’t provide napkins or tissues, so it’s a good idea to bring tissues or wet wipes, especially if you plan to eat oily food.
  8. Trash Can Locations
    • Trash cans can be found at the east and west entrances of the night market. There are also trash cans placed sporadically throughout the market’s perimeter.

Raohe Night Market Guided Food Tour

If you’re looking for a specific food in Raohe Night Market, then a guide can be a huge help. In this tour, the guide knows where each stall is, which is a huge help since the night market is huge and can be confusing for first-timers. The guide also knows the history behind the foods, so you can get fully immersed in Taiwanese street food culture.

Book your tour: Raohe Night Market Food Tour

12 Must-try Foods at the Raohe Night Market

We visited Raohe Night Market for four consecutive nights, exploring the area to discover the top food stalls and sample a wide range of street foods.

During our visits, we ate at 12 different stalls, including 5 Michelin-Recommended stalls.

Below, you’ll find our reviews of each stall, along with useful tips on how to locate them, as some can be a bit hard to find!

Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun

You can spot this stall right at the east entrance of the night market, near the Songshan Ciyou Temple. There’s always a line, but don’t worry; it moves quickly, and it’s worth the wait!

This savory bun is crafted in large batches inside a clay oven fired by charcoal, imparting a slightly smoky flavor. Inside these golden buns, you’ll bite into a mouthwatering mix of black pepper sauce and pork, all mingling with fresh spring onions.

These crispy buns are simply divine. I tried to order more, but Trey reminded me that there were still more foods to explore!

Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup

There’s so much to say about this one! It was undoubtedly one of our top picks at Raohe Night Market. Why? Well, the flavors were unlike anything our Western palates had ever encountered.

The aromatic broth is rich and savory, with a distinct herbal essence. Perfect for warming up on a chilly winter day! The broth carries a subtle sweetness and nestled inside, you’ll find perfectly tender pork ribs falling right off the bone. This soup is rich with Chinese medicinal herbs which left a nice fragrant taste in our mouths.

Chen Dong stands out because it has its own dine-in area, making it easier to spot! If you’d like to dine in, just sit down at an available seat, and the owner will come to take your order.

Keep in mind, though, that this place gets quite popular and crowded, so we recommend arriving when they open at around 4:30 PM. And if you see a line, double-check that it’s not for takeout orders!

During our first night at Raohe Night Market, we couldn’t find it because, unfortunately, it was closed, so a reminder that not all stalls are open every day.

Braised Pork Rice

  • πŸ’Έ Price: NT$ 30

When you visit Chen Dong for their famous Medicinal Herbs Soup, we strongly recommend ordering a side of braised pork rice. The pork is minced and tender, flavorful, and it comes topped with pickled vegetables.

Oyster Vermicelli

Dong Fat Hao was a bit of a challenge to locate. It’s not a typical food stall; instead, it’s a sit-down restaurant within Raohe Night Market. Unlike the other Michelin stalls, you won’t see any Michelin signage here. You’ll find it right in the heart of the market, along the north (river) side of the street.

When we arrived at Dong Fat Hao and ordered the oyster vermicelli, the first thing the staff did was rub their belly, signing that the dish includes intestines, which I thought was really cute! Personally, I’m not a huge fan of pork intestines, but Trey, being the adventurous eater he is, will try just about anything!

Now, let’s dive into the food! The must-try dish here is the Oyster Vermicelli Soup. It features a pork bone broth with silky vermicelli noodles, pork intestines, and fresh oysters. The broth is clear and light in color, offering a warm yet refreshing flavor.

Compared to other dishes at the market, it has a more subtle flavor. It was a pleasant addition to our food tour, though it doesn’t top our list of favorites.

Stinky Tofu

This particular food can be found (and smelled) all around Raohe Night Market, but in this instance, we’re referring to the Michelin Bib Gourmand ‘Boss Shi Stinky Tofu.’

What surprised us was that the stinky tofu didn’t have that overpowering stench, and it was actually quite delicious. This version of stinky tofu was relatively mild, making it a great starting point for those willing to explore this unique dish.

Trey usually takes the lead when it comes to trying adventurous foods, but this time I was the one who wanted to order more!

Here’s a fun tidbit about stinky tofu: the stinkier it smells the tastier it is!

Mochi Baby Ma Shu Bao Bao

These sticky sweet glutinous rice balls might just be the best mochi we’ve ever had!

This unassuming stall serves only 3 types of mochi: powdered sugar, crushed peanut, and black sesame.

We had both crushed peanut and black sesame and they were phenomenal. Perfectly textured little mochi cakes that were neither too soft nor too dry.

Finding the Mochi Baby stall in Raohe Night Market can be challengingβ€”we found it in 2 different locations on different nights. We think that the stall owner just sets up the stall wherever there’s room.

Chances are that you’ll hear this stall before you see it – it has a tiny model mochi pounder with a Hello Kitty standing on top of it clicking away as it “pounds” mochi.

Chinese Hamburger ‘Rou Jia Mo’

Wow – we LOVED these Chinese hamburgers. They might not have won any awards, but they were undeniably one of our top picks at Raohe Night Market.

When you approach this stall, the first thing that catches your eye is the perfectly fried and baked buns – yes, they’re cooked twice!

These buns aren’t like normal buns; they have a unique, slightly stringy texture that makes them crispy and flaky.

And if that is not enough to get you to try it, let me tell you about the filling. It’s a mixture of juicy minced pork belly, complemented by onions, fresh coriander, and, if you’re up for it, a drizzle of chili oil. Trust me; don’t skip the chili oil – it takes this Chinese hamburger to a whole new level.

Deep Fried Chicken Steak ‘Ji Pai’

This colossal fried chicken breast is the epitome of gluttony. A massive chicken breast is flattened until it’s as enormous as a prime rib, then it’s coated in batter and plunged into the deep fryer. This thing is so huge you’ll need both hands to eat it.

We didn’t try this until our last day at the market. We wanted to make sure we had enough room left in our stomachs to savor everything else.

The chicken has a nice fry on the outside, but the real star of the show is the seasoning that they sprinkle over the chicken. We had a chili powder seasoning that Trey couldn’t stop eating! But beware, there’s a whole lot of breading, so make sure you bring an appetite.

Hot Pot

Around the perimeter of Raohe Night Market, you’ll find several hot pot restaurants. We chose to dine at Sanma Smelly Pot, mainly because they have a menu displayed outside with large pictures. This made it easier for us to see and choose what we wanted to eat.

Each hot pot comes as a set so you don’t need to order any additional meat or vegetables unless you’re really hungry.

Overall, we wouldn’t recommend eating hot pot at Raohe unless you’re craving hot pot. We left the hot pot restaurant feeling extremely full and didn’t have room for any other food for the rest of that night.

Sweet Potato Balls

  • πŸ’Έ Price: NT$ 80 (large portion), NT$ 50 (small portion)

In my opinion, this was the most underwhelming snack that we ate at Raohe Night Market but Trey would beg to differ.

The sweet potato balls have a very bland taste but have a nice fried, ever-so-slightly chewy texture. It could provide a nice balance to the overall savory sensational flavors of Raohe Night Market.

There are a bunch of different stalls that serve fried sweet potato balls all over Raohe Night Market. We saw stalls in other night markets serving this snack too, so we assume it’s a staple of Taiwanese night market cuisine.

Roasted Corn

Out of all the grilled corn we’ve eaten in our lifetime, this one was the most unique. It also took more than 20 minutes to prepare! While waiting for our order, we saw them fulfilling many Grab delivery orders as well… so what makes this corn so special?

The corn is boiled and then covered with an oyster sauce and spice mixture. Then it’s roasted over heat until the saucy mixture hardens into a crispy layer.

Upon biting in, there is a salty spiciness to the flavor, which you won’t notice at first but it builds over time. But once you feel it, you will feel it.

Millet Donut

  • πŸ’Έ Price: NT$ 100 for 3

Raohe is known for its savory delights, but there are also some excellent sweet items that we recommend trying! One of them is the millet donut. This donut can be purchased in a variety of flavors: strawberry, sugar, matcha, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Now for the taste… it’s refreshing and not greasy compared to other donuts we’ve had. The inside is soft and similar consistency to mochi, while the outside is surprisingly crispy.

One word of advice- don’t waste your time trying to argue with the vendor explaining you only want 1 donut. The minimum order is 3pcs for 100 NT and they will not back down. We waited for nearly four minutes while a couple argued with the vendor, insisting they only wanted to buy one donut (they ended up not buying any).

Juicy Pork Soup Dumpling ‘Xiao Long Bao’

Xiao Long Bao Dumplings

If you’re familiar with Taiwanese Food or the likes of Din Tai Fung, then you’ll know that Xiao Long Bao is one of the most famous Taiwanese Foods there is- and honestly, one of our favorites!

Xiao Long Bao is found at different stalls throughout the market and they are just the best. If it’s your first time trying them, I’m willing to bet you’ll be ordering more during your time in Taiwan. I know we did.

What do we love about them? These beautiful dumplings are also known as “Juicy pork dumplings”. They are filled with pork and broth and then steamed to perfection. When you crack them open, juice from the dumpling spills out, and it’s so good. It’s best dipped in vinegar soy sauce and topped with fresh ginger.

How to Get to the Raohe Night Market

The best way to get to the Raohe Night Market is to take the subway to Songshan Station. From Songshan Station, it’s a very short walk to Raohe Street.

When you get to Songshan Station, use exit 1 or 2 to leave the stationβ€”you’ll be very close to the night market and won’t need to cross any busy streets.

Things to Do at Raohe Night Market (Besides Eat)

Play the Claw Machines and Carnival Games

Raohe Night Market is not just a place for food – it also has shopping, carnival games, and claw machines. Fun for the whole family!

We took a liking to playing some games in between eating as we needed a break from stuffing our faces. Trey played a balloon shooter game and actually won a prize!

I enjoyed the claw machines, or ‘scam machines’ the most. I found a really cute machine full of Teletubbies keychains. The cost per turn was NT$10 and after 10 turns, I did not get a Teletubby but it was fun nonetheless.

Those claw machines are real scams though, I don’t know how anyone wins. The second it gets close to dropping the item then it swings the item the other way! I can imagine if we had teenagers, we could leave them at the game sites while we explore the market for unique food finds 😜

Go Shopping for Clothes and Bags

The perimeter of Raohe Street is also home to lots of stores, mostly selling textile goods like clothes and bags. The street also has a few specialty stores, like ones that sell cell phone accessories and shoes.

While these stores aren’t the main attraction of Raohe Night Market, they are fun to pop into while taking a break from street food, especially if you find something that you like.

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