Not to Miss at Shilin: Shrimping, Games & Penis Cake!

So, I’ve seen this thing before as souvenir from a friend. A unique, memorable, edible souvenir that can be found only at Shilin Night Market: the penis cake. Yes, you read that correctly.

But we’ll get to it later. I’ll tell you how Shilin night market was and how I enjoyed my visit there. Shilin Night Market was more than I imagined about a night market in Taipei. I thought it was only about food, food and souvenirs. But you can also find clothes (most of them are imported from China), cosmetics, gadgets, games (gambling too) and shrimping game.

Wait, what? Shrimping? Lol.

Shrimping

Shrimping is one of local popular activities in Taiwan that precisely what it sounds like, fish a shrimp! The actual shrimping activities are located inside building with a large pool filled with live shrimps. It’s kind of popular late night activity for Taiwanese. Here in Shilin night market, you can find and experience mini shrimping game. For around 100 NT (I forgot!), you’ll get 7 hooks to catch some shrimps and put them into a bucket provided.

Whatever you catch, you can either take them home or have it freshly cooked for snack. Oh watch how the locals play and follow their steps to get as many shrimps as possible.

Mini Shrimping at Shilin Night Market
Mini Shrimping at Shilin Night Market

Carnival Game

Fancy for some exercise at night? Go for carnival games at Shilin then! There were various carnival games where you can train your skill and ability to shoot whatever there, like balloons or balls to win souvenir e.g. plush toy/doll, pillow and other cute stuffs.

Tony Bui Acer Vietnam was trying his luck
Tony Bui my colleague was trying his luck

 

Penis Cake

Shilin is a place where you can find all those popular local snacks like snow ice, fried chicken steak, sausages and seafood. I had seafood for dinner at food court on the basement and it was delicious. Here you can also find the famous penis cake that being sold at several food stalls. :mrgreen:

Penis Cake at Shilin Night Market
Penis Cake at Shilin Night Market

The famous Penis Cake from Shilin Night Market looks like what it’s called. It comes in 4 variants: waffle, cake, pop-sickles and hotdog (or hot cock? It has real sausage in it). The cake can come covered either by chocolate, chili sauce or honey just as you like to order. I bought a box of penis cake as souvenirs for my colleagues in Jakarta. It cost about 118 NT each; consist of two cakes, one was covered by chocolate and filled with cream. I was so excited to find them I didn’t even bargain. Vinayak asked me, “Didn’t bargain at all?” but I already paid the cake haha.

You might think that they’re famous because it sensational form but it taste awful. Surprisingly the cake that I bought taste good, similar with Taipei pineapple cake and remind me to taste of “nastar”, the Lebaran snack.

Here’s how to get to Shilin Night Market from Taipei downtown: take MRT to Jiantan MRT Exit 1. Or you can simply take a cab from your hotel.

2 thoughts on “Not to Miss at Shilin: Shrimping, Games & Penis Cake!

  • May 31, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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    Penis Cake… ewwwhh..
    but, I think I’ll buy one penis cake when I’m on Taipei wakakak. So, what is the best variants for the cake? 😀

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    • May 31, 2015 at 7:12 PM
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      I can only recommend you the cake variant with cream/peanut sauce in it since I haven’t tried other variants yet.

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