Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival – Taiwanese Street Food From Ningxia Night Market, Right Here in Singapore!
Longing for some delicious Taiwanese street food? Well you’re in luck, because the original chefs and vendors from Ningxia Night Market (寧夏夜市) are coming directly to you! From 16th January till 9th February 2020 (except 20th, 21st and 22nd January 2020), visit the Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival at Siloso Point in Sentosa for an authentic taste of Taiwanese cuisine!
The organisers have created a mini Ningxia Night Market, nicknamed the “stomach of Taipei”! The night market has risen in popularity in recent years, attracting over 1.8 million visitors in 2018 alone. With over 30 food stalls featuring more than 130 different dishes, here is some of what you can expect at the Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival!
The first thing that caught my eye when I stepped into Asian Night Market was the beef noodles. As a big beef noodle fan, I just had to try this first! Li Zheng Braised Beef Noodles (Stall 13) features a beef bone broth that is simmered for two days, resulting in an intensely flavourful broth. The broth goes together with specially made noodles which have a great QQ texture! The dish also features big chunks of beef, which have been stewed in a special braising liquid until juicy and tender. If you are a beef noodle fan like me, you won’t want to miss this!
Love it or hate it, Smelly Tofu (Stall 8) is one of the most popular street snacks in Taiwanese night markets. With its famously pungent aroma, you need only follow your nose to find this Stall at Asian Night Market! Liu Hao’s Smelly Tofu prides itself on its special sauce, which is made from the bosses own secret recipe. The sauce has a good balance of sweet and savoury while being not too greasy.
The smelly tofu had a deep, rich fermented flavour to it! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the tofu was simply divine when paired with that addictive sauce. A heaping serving of pickled vegetables brought some freshness and crunchiness as well. If you have not tried this popular snack, Liu Hao’s Smelly Tofu might just make you a new convert!
No Taiwanese street food experience is complete without a few oyster dishes, so check out the iconic Taiwanese Oyster Mee Sua (Stall 6)! Fresh oysters are piled atop a thick bowl of rice noodles, providing a burst of oceanic umami with every bite. The mee sua also features large intestines, which add an extra layer of meatiness. Make sure to add some vinegar, chilli and white pepper for an authentic taste of Oyster Mee Sua!
If your oyster craving isn’t satisfied yet, grab a serving of the Oyster Omelette! This omelette is starchier and less crispy than the Singaporean version of this dish, but still packs tonnes of flavour. The dish comes with a thick, starchy sauce, which adds a layer of sweet and savoury flavour.
Oysters not your seafood of choice? Try the Fried Squid (Stall 12)! The fried squid is extremely fresh and tender, while the spice mix dusted on the squid makes this a hard one to put down. Each serving consists of an entire squid, making this one of the more value for money snacks in the entire Market!
If you’re looking for something more traditional at Asian Night Market, check out the Taiwanese Sausage with Glutinous Rice (Stall 19). The glutinous rice is shaped to look like a sausage, making the popular snack look like a little sausage within a bigger one! The sausage had a great snap to it as well, a hallmark of a high-quality sausage.
Close by to the Taiwanese Sausage vendor is the Egg-Bombed Scallion Pancake (Stall 21), and boy am I glad that I stopped by to grab one for myself! The deep-fried pancake dough is wonderfully crisp and fragrant with the smell of fried spring onions. Hidden within each pancake is a runny egg yolk, which adds richness to the sweet sauce brushed on the pancake.
After all of that fried food, the Herbal Pork Rib Stew (Stall 4) was the perfect soupy dish to cleanse the palate! The soup features a large variety of herbs to flavour the soup, making it rich and full-bodied.
Bubble Tea has taken the world by storm, and Taiwan, in my opinion, brews some of the best bubble tea money can buy! The Brown Sugar Bubble Milk (Stall 11) features handmade brown sugar, topped off with fresh milk for a decadent finish. For something more refreshing, check out the Pineapple Tea (Stall 4). Featuring fresh pineapples and tea leaves from the Alishan region, this fruit tea is neither too sweet nor sour. While you’re at Stall 4, also get a skewer of freshly fried cuttlefish balls! If you’re looking for some fizz, check out the Mint & Lime Mocktail (Stall 14/23). The drink’s vibrant green hue makes for a very Insta-worthy beverage!
Great food aside, The Asian Night Market has something for everyone to enjoy. Mandopop performances on selected nights by artists such as Wan Weiliang, Tay Kexin, Cold Cut Duo will have you singing your heart out, while an arcade section will keep the young ones entertained for hours on end!
So what are you waiting for? Come down to Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival featuring Ningxia Night Market for a day full of Taiwanese delicacies and fun for the whole family!
Do note that the Asian Night Market is a cashless event, with stall vendors accepting Mastercard, Visa, Wechat Pay, Alipay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and EZ-link card payments.
Entry to the Asian Night Market is free. Sentosa Island Admission rates apply.
Asian Night Market: Taiwan Food Festival
Address: Siloso Point, Sentosa Singapore 098997
Opening Hours: 5pm till late daily, 16th January to 9th February 2020 (Closed 20th to 22nd January 2020).
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