Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市) is one of the oldest and the most established night markets in Taipei. It is also one of the easiest night market to navigate as it occupies a straight lane. In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we bring you the best things to eat and see at Raohe Night Market.

What to eat in Raohe Night Market (饒河夜市)

I simply love the street food in Taiwan. During our very first trip to Taiwan more than a decade ago, we visited both Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market – undoubtedly two of the best night markets to go to in Taipei. This time, we wanted to go back to Raohe Night Market to see what has changed and what are the best things to eat there.

Raohe Night Market Entrance

Unlike Shilin Night Market with its meandering lanes, Raohe Night Market is a much easier place to navigate with only one lane to walk through.  Being one of the most popular night markets in Taipei, it also has lots of great food and shopping.

Here’s our list of the best things to eat at Raohe Night Market.

Raohe Night Market Street

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1. Fuzhou Pepper Buns (福州胡椒餅)

You will surely find this stall selling its famous Black Pepper Buns because it is located right at the entrance.  It is a massive stall, and the buns are baked and sold right there. So you can be assured that you are getting them fresh and piping hot straight off the oven.

Raohe Night Market Black Pepper Buns

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2. Chen Dong Herbal Pork Ribs (陳董燉排骨)

This was one of the best things to eat and the one that left the most vivid memories from our trip to Taipei more than a decade ago.  The strong herbal aroma is enough to lead you to the stall.  Just as it was a decade ago, this stall is still so popular that it’s hard to snag a seat.  The herbal pork ribs here are one of the best and are a must-try.

Raohe Night Market Herbal Pork Ribs

Raohe Night Market Herbal Pork Ribs Stall

Raohe Night Market Herbal Pork Ribs Soup

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3. Demon Chicken Cutlet (惡魔雞排)

Demon Chicken Cutlet (惡魔雞排) originates from Fengjia Night Market in Taichung and is immensely popular there.  It seems that they have opened an outlet here in Taipei.  Definitely worth a try if you don’t want to go all the way to Taichung to try it.

Raohe Night Market Demon Chicken Cutlet

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4. Dried Bak Kwa (豬十二)

We are all used to the wet Bak Kwa that is sold in Singapore, but these dried sheet versions are a good deviation from the norm as well.  What’s more, they come in a variety of creative flavors such as lime and sesame.  They are also packed in beautiful boxes, making it easy to carry home as a gift.

Raohe Night Market Dried Bak Kwa

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5. Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms

King Oyster Mushrooms are ultra-popular now, so don’t forget to try it at Raohe Night Market.

Raohe Night Market Grilled Mushrooms

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6. Grilled Seafood – Recommend Giant Grilled Scallops

You’ll notice many stalls selling grilled seafood here.  The one that you must try are the grilled scallops.  They are huge and juicy and quite unforgettable.

Raohe Night Market Grilled Scallops

Raohe Night Market Grilled Seafood

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7. Taiwan Dessert

If you are a fan of Taiwanese desserts, then don’t forget to try this store that the locals frequent.  The taro balls here are great and the serving is huge enough for two.  It was one of the best things that we had in Taipei.

Raohe Night Market Dessert Store

Raohe Night Market Taro Balls

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What to Buy at Raohe Night Market

Need a beverage to go with the street food?  These beverage holders are especially handy in leaving you hands-free when navigating the night markets with a beverage.  Just slot the cup in and hang it around your wrists.   It has earned us many envious stares when we used them outside of Taiwan.  Many strangers have also approached us to ask where we bought them from! You’ll likely be able to find these at other night markets, but do pick them up if you come across them here.

Raohe Night Market Beverage Holder

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How to get to Raohe Night Market

Take the Taipei MRT to Songshan Station and take Exit 5.

Songshan MRT Station Taipei

Upon exit from the station, Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮) is on the right hand side.  Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮) is great as an attraction on its own so budget some time for this if you are interested.

Ciyou Temple

Ciyou Temple outside Raohe Night Market

The entrance to Raohe Night Market is right next to Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮).

Entrance to Raohe Night Market Raohe Night Market

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