Since I visited Taipei for the first time in 2014 ago for business trip, the city has been on my to-revisit-list. Yes, 4 days (and 1 effective day) is not enough to explore a city like Taipei. There are places I haven’t visited yet.
One day, someone named Petty Poh mentioned me on Twitter and shared me Vimeo link to her video called Taipei Timelapse. But since Vimeo is blocked by super smart people in Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, I suggested her to post on YouTube as well so more Indonesian people can also enjoy watching it.
Until today, I lost count on how many times I re-watch the video. I miss exploring new places and particularly, I miss Taipei. But I’m lucky enough that I’ll be visiting the city this month, not only once but TWICE.
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 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.
Shilin Night Market is often mentioned as one of must-visit-places while you’re in Taipei. Yes, I heard about it as well from my friends who have visited the place. So, I put Shilin on my itinerary with a mission to accomplish: find a memorable-digestible-souvenir for my colleague.
Yes, Shilin Night Market was on my Taipei checklist event it’s kinda mainstream whilst my colleague recommended us to check Raohe Street night market instead. Actually Raohe was closer to our hotel but instead we headed to Shilin because you haven’t been to Taipei yet if you skip Shilin night market.
It’s the biggest night market in Taipei where you can find local foods, souvenirs (even though I was pretty sure most of the products are imported from China mainland), attractions (ever heard about “shrimping?”) and so on.
Been working for a multinational company for almost 3 years, I finally got an opportunity to attend a regional meeting in Taiwan. Last month, I finally visited Acer HQ in Taipei, our mother ship.
It was a very short visit, only 5 days and 4 nights with 2 days spent only for the overseas trip. With two-full-days meeting in between, I had only approximately 1 day to explore Taipei and its surrounding area. I had no particular plan in mind thought except to visit Taipei 101 building (once was the tallest building in the world) and to find penis cake at Shilin Night Market hahaha. On top of it, I was totally available and open for any spontaneous and unplanned trip, and lucky me I had pleasant days while in Taiwan.