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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,


Tags: Food Taiwan Landscape and travel Republic of china Portraits and people Night market Tainan Open air eatery

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
20 Feb 2009 6:41PM
I would love to go to Taiwan one day,just for the food if nothing else... Smile

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Ray42 9 3 England
20 Feb 2009 6:44PM
Good candids and interesting write up
madbilly 9 1 4 England
20 Feb 2009 6:46PM
great notes and lovely series of pics
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 6:57PM

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
20 Feb 2009 7:10PM
Happy memories so well captured
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
20 Feb 2009 7:45PM
3 super shots
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
20 Feb 2009 7:55PM
Three fantastic captures.
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
20 Feb 2009 7:59PM
Great set

gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
20 Feb 2009 8:04PM
That sounds a fantastic place to be, 3 great shots. - gary
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 8:10PM
Superb captures I can almost smell the cooking they remind me of the stalls in Kowloon Hong kong,
20 Feb 2009 8:10PM
Terrific narrative, good series.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
20 Feb 2009 10:52PM
Nice captures of life in the street at night. Wonderful!....Sandy
derekv 10 3 England
20 Feb 2009 11:14PM
Great candids with excellent detail, JNC.
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
20 Feb 2009 11:17PM
These are wonderful, colourful candids.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 Feb 2009 12:28AM
A wonderful agora-- would like to visit ( and eat!)

2himanshu 9 23 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2009 2:43AM
nice info
SRSmith 10 1 United States
21 Feb 2009 3:03AM
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!

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
21 Feb 2009 5:16AM
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
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2009 10:58PM
Yummi, this looks very appetizing!
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
23 Feb 2009 7:15AM
Not as ancient, but great candids

cjl47 9 4 3 England
24 Feb 2009 3:22PM
A roadside food poisoning outlet.
Great set.
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.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
24 Feb 2009 8:24PM
v1 for me.lesley
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Feb 2009 7:16PM

Quote:A roadside food poisoning outlet.

You are just too posh to eat in those places, Chris...Smile
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
26 Feb 2009 9:25PM

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