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{travel} wombmates in taiwan: raohe night market (part 2) and yelp event at da bar

February 21, 2016

After checking off a few of our sightseeing places, we were ready to shop ’til we drop and eat ’til we’re beat! My mom repeatedly told us to shop a lot in Taiwan since the sizes fit us better there. But glancing at most of the clothes, I was wondering if I could fit. There are so many tiny Taiwanese girls! Of course, it doesn’t help that a lot of the clothes are one size only.

2016-01-04 16.11.09If you’re looking to shop exclusively for clothes, Wu Fen Pu (五分埔) is the place to go. Wu Fen Pu is the largest garment wholesale market in Taipei. With up to a thousand shops selling clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, accessories, and more, you’re bound to find something that you want to buy!

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2016-01-04 17.27.50The streets are pretty small, and you have to watch where you are walking because people ride their motorcycles through them! Steph and I checked out a few stores but decided it was a bit too much. Wu Fen Pu is basically shopping on steroids.

Pro tip: If you want to haggle for better prices, bring a luggage or make it look like you’re buying in huge quantities. Shop owners will give you a better price when you buy in bulk! They don’t call Wu Fen Pu a wholesaler for no reason.

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2016-01-04 18.06.23Getting hungry, we decided to go back to Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市). There was a stall on the left side of the entrance that was selling black pepper buns (胡椒餅)… but this is not the popular one! You should be looking for the first stall you see inside the night market street.

2016-01-04 18.07.02There’s a huge line for these black pepper buns because they’re THAT good. They have a crispy shell on the outside and juicy filling consisting of meat, scallions, and black pepper.

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2016-01-04 18.11.07You can see a whole team prepping the dough, filling the dough, baking the buns in large canisters, and wrapping up the buns for customers. Fresh and hot? Heck yes!

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2016-01-04 18.11.55The buns are “baked” in these elongated, hot canisters. About 50 buns can fit in here!

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2016-01-04 18.18.38When you walk up and down the street, you’ll see everyone holding one of these bags. They’re a little too hot to eat right away, so you have to let it cool down a little!

2016-01-04 18.24.01It was so good we bought one for home when we left the night market. 🙂

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2016-01-04 18.35.08Another thing Steph and I love to eat is ba wan aka 肉圓 (meatball). This Taiwanese street food isn’t really a meatball per se since it’s nothing like a regular meatball. This ball is made with a translucent dough and filled with pork, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms. The dough on the outside is chewy and sticky, and you eat it with sweet sauce.

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2016-01-04 18.58.52We came back for more of that cute grandma’s oyster pancakes!

2016-01-04 19.24.31This stall is really famous in Raohe Night Market! Besides the usual stinky tofu and oyster omelet, San Xiong Di (三兄弟) is well known for their pork ribs soup. So many people were eating this dish up! Steph and I weren’t feeling soup and bones, so we skipped it.

2016-01-04 20.46.08After stopping by our airbnb, we headed over to Da Bar for an Yelp event! I had connected with the community manager Roxanne in Taipei before our trip, so Steph and I went to meet some Yelpers. If you didn’t know, Yelp launched a little less than a year ago in Taiwan. Before there was Yelp, all the locals used ipeen for recommendations. Not sure if the locals will switch over, but I’m sure having Yelp there now helps English speaking people plan their trips to Taiwan easier!

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2016-01-04 21.13.53The bar is pretty big – the front is a standard bar, while the back has seating and darts machines.

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2016-01-04 21.39.18The event was really intimate so we got to chat with a bunch of Yelpers. One of the guys was from New Jersey, went to school in New York, and moved to Taiwan to be closer to his family. That is the life~

2016-01-04 21.49.46We got to play with the bar owner’s huge dog for a bit before we left.

The bar owner and bartenders here were all so friendly. They apologetically told us the kitchen was closed so they couldn’t serve us food. (It was fine cause we just came from eating at the night market!) And then they told us they’d give us a discount if we came back the next night, hah.

 

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  • Reply eveonnh March 2, 2016 at 7:05 am

    “Wu Fen Pu is the largest garment wholesale market in Taipei. ” – I read that as this is where you can find the largest sizes aka the place I’d go to shop if I’m there … I guess I’m never going to do any shopping in Taiwan 🙁

    Guh, shouldn’t have read your blog while hungry T_T

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