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After the peace and quiet of the Confucius Temple (see my previous up-loads) , the night market in Tainan is a real experience. Imagine the atmosphere of a fairground with crowds walking around eating all sorts of food. Everything is fresh (fish, sea food, meat, vegetable, steamed stuffed dumplings, fruit …) and all the dishes are prepared in front of you from soup to squid on a stick and anything you did not know which could be eaten but were afraid to ask.

To open you appetite you have the smells of wonderful cooking but on the other hand you can be put off by the weird odour of the “stinky tofu”. You can drink some marvellous coconut milk or fruit teas made with fresh mangoes. Each stall has its own speciality and the stall holder is a master in cooking that dish.

The place is busy. People smile at you and greet you with “ welcome to Taiwan! Where are you from? Why do you come here? ..etc…” and in no time you are eating new things with new friends. Wonderful.

When we stopped to eat at this stall I was fascinated by the skill of the cook in his use of the spatulas and the speed at he cooked everything while you are sitting in front of a big and hot sheet of metal. When cooked the food is place in front of you and will remain hot while you are mastering the use the chopsticks and trying not to lose too much of your meal.

Hoping these photos will open your appetite.

Thank you for your comments on my recent up-loads. They are always appreciated.

Have a nice evening and a great week-end,

Jean-Noël

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:SIGMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:TAINAN NIGHT MARKET
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:20 Feb 2009 - 6:39 PM
Tags:Food, Landscape / travel, Night market, Open air eatery, Portraits / people, Republic of china, Tainan, Taiwan
Votes:38
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 6:41 PM

I would love to go to Taiwan one day,just for the food if nothing else... Smile

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 6:44 PM

Good candids and interesting write up

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 6:46 PM

great notes and lovely series of pics

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 6:57 PM

Mouthwatering!

Tim

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
20 Feb 2009 - 7:10 PM

Happy memories so well captured

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 7:45 PM

3 super shots

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 7:55 PM

Three fantastic captures.
Bob

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Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 7:59 PM

Great set

Stace

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gary_d
gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 8:04 PM

That sounds a fantastic place to be, 3 great shots. - gary

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 - 8:10 PM

Superb captures I can almost smell the cooking they remind me of the stalls in Kowloon Hong kong,
Alan

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romansnumber7
20 Feb 2009 - 8:10 PM

Terrific narrative, good series.

Paul

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 10:52 PM

Nice captures of life in the street at night. Wonderful!....Sandy

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derekv
derekv  7 England
20 Feb 2009 - 11:14 PM

Great candids with excellent detail, JNC.
Derek

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DolphinLady
20 Feb 2009 - 11:17 PM

These are wonderful, colourful candids.
Hilary

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2009 - 12:28 AM

A wonderful agora-- would like to visit ( and eat!)

Jennnnn

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2himanshu
2himanshu  6 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2009 - 2:43 AM

nice info

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SRSmith
SRSmith  7 United States
21 Feb 2009 - 3:03 AM

Stunning, Jean. The smells almost transcend the continents. You and I are nearly the same age, so I think we see things in the same relativity, like the sharing of food. Sure wish I'd been there with you!

steve

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CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2009 - 5:16 AM

Wonderful images, showing the fascinating night-life in the markets in Taiwan. You have really whetted my appetite with your pics and write-up. Carol

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22 Feb 2009 - 10:58 PM

Yummi, this looks very appetizing!
Johanna

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23 Feb 2009 - 7:15 AM

Not as ancient, but great candids

Peter

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cjl47
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24 Feb 2009 - 3:22 PM

A roadside food poisoning outlet.
Great set.
chris

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
24 Feb 2009 - 6:00 PM

Thank you for your comments.
I ate on two occasions at this food stall as well as many other "street restaurants" in Taiwan and Vietnam and survived without ill effects + had great and tasty food.

I ate once in a restaurant in the UK and got hepatis A. The "roadside food poisoning outlet" is not necessarily in far away countries.
JNC

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 8:24 PM

v1 for me.lesley

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Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 7:16 PM


Quote: A roadside food poisoning outlet.

You are just too posh to eat in those places, Chris...Smile

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photophantom
26 Feb 2009 - 9:25 PM

yummy!

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