For the record, I bumped into the first earthquake (6.3 magnitude to be exact) of my life when I was in Keelung (基隆) and I didn’t feel anything. It was a total non-event for me. Why so? That’s cause I was totally preoccupied with scoffing down a bowl of uber delicious braised meat rice (滷肉飯)! Hilarious, I think! This is probably the epitome of gluttony behavior! 😛
Ok, back to the main topic! 🙂 Keelung is a port city which is 1 hour by local train from Taipei. It’s quite a nice place to chill out while enjoying some scenic port views.
Basically, I went to Keelung just for the famous Miaokou Night Market (廟口夜市). The name of the market literally translates to mean that it is located around a temple. While the word ‘night market’ suggests its opening hours after dark, Miaokou Night Market is actually open during the day as well. The main stalls along the temple are open from lunch time and some seriously good food can be found here. FOODIES alert!! 🙂
Miaokou Night Market is easily accessible on foot from the Keelung train station. Just exit the train station and walk for around 10 to 15 min in the direction of the port. The market is located beyond the waterway.
For travelers heading to Keelung, be sure to try the famous Taiwanese street food: braised meat rice (lu rou fan 滷肉飯) at this awesome stall! This is by far the yummiest one I’ve eaten after trying from a few different stalls in Taipei. They also serve up a mean dish of sliced braised pork knuckle and shrimp ball soup.
There aren’t many seats available and having a meal while crowding around the tiny table ledge certainly added to the fun experience of eating street food.
After the awesome lunch, I headed for the next recommendation by my Taiwanese friends – flavored ice (pao pao bing 泡泡冰) ! There is nothing more heavenly than having a cold dessert under the hot summer heat!
There are many flavors to choose from: green bean milk, pineapple, passion fruit, peanut, yam, strawberry milk etc.
While waiting for my flavored ice, I saw this local delicacy which is definitely not for the faint hearted: pig’s blood cake on an ice cream stick. Sounds fear factor-ish??!!
On a lighter note, I also saw this interesting fruit stall:
Looking to buy some local snacks back home? Try this delicious peanut coated fluffy balls (ma lao 麻粩).
My belly was definitely quite happy after Keelung! 🙂