Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memories in the Market

Last night a small group of us went to the Shilin Night Market to say "Good-bye" to Marcy, a dear friend that is leaving Taiwan after three years. It WAS raining, but we managed to have some fun anyway!

Standing outside the market with Erin and Marcy

Going on a weekday night is best. The crowds are not as bad, nor as overwhelming. But, don't think for a minute that the place was not hopping....because even in the rain, there were still people wandering around with drinks and snacks and doing LOTS of shopping.

We began the night off right. With. Dessert! Love not having the kids with us! ;) Uwe bargained with the lady to get a better deal. She threw in a small bag of sesame taffy candy and we each could have one soft peanut taffy like candy...but that was it. She wasn't budging. But, it made for a good entertainment watching them go back and forth for a few minutes. (But never worry, it was all laughs in the end on both sides...gotta love Asia!)

This "log" beauty is Amazing! Inside the dough-like crust is crushed peanuts,
black sesame, and SUGAR! This stand was a total sugar bomb!

So, to take the sugar rush off we followed with an onion fried bread. Of course, I didn't get a picture of this...but it is basically dough with green onion kneaded into it and then rolled out flat, then fried on a hot plate. Nice and hot!

Something we did NOT eat was the famous Shilin Oyster Omelet. These slimy things are cooked all around the market. If you like oysters, you probably would like it, but if you don't...well, then probably not.

These three Oyster Omelets had lettuce scattered on top. After this,
they would add a red sauce, which I'm not sure what it was since we did NOT eat any!

Back to what we did do.....after we finished the onion flat bread, we got the best drink there. Mango slushy....let me be clear...fresh mango slushy! Ahh, they are good no matter the weather! This did not make the Top 5 List, but would have made the Top 10 for sure!

Shilin Market is not just a food market...it does have shops and games. We meandered around the arcade part....Uwe played a game to test his skills from his military days. And won us each a balloon horn; that when you blow up the balloon and let go the horn goes off.

He only posed with this game....this market is best described
as a county fair without the livestock and large rides!

We shopped a little and bought some odd and end things at a cheap store with lots of random things...from toys to ties to masks to tools to clothes to whatever you need. From there we finally ate some supper at Alibaba's! Great little Indian stand...

The guy would flip the bread like a pizza crust then cook it on the round topped oven.

I got the Garlic Chicken and Uwe got the Curry Chicken.

That ended our night on the town with Marcy. Last day of school is tomorrow with more good-byes at the last school chapel to staff leaving. Better remember to bring my tissues as it won't be the laughs like we had this night...
Thanks for some great memories, Marcy!

7 comments:

Nevada said...

Wahhh!!!!

MaDonna Maurer said...

Totally...

Sandra said...

Missing her already.

Jenny said...

That's a cute picture of you and Uwe. Your posts always make me long to live somewhere else (not in a discontented way, just in a "what a great experience" way). And regarding mangoes, which you've been talking about lately, Ryan and the kids go through bags and bags of frozen mango.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your day with us. It's great to hear about other cultures. :) I'm with you on the oyster omelet. ICK!

MaDonna Maurer said...

Sandra...just saw your comment...really missing her now, eh?

Thanks Jenny! I LOVE your blog..you always have great ideas for schooling AND some great looking food to try...as for frozen mangoes, glad to hear you can get them frozen like that. We've had them off the shelf in the US and well, they just are not ripe.

Sharon, thanks! I've actually tasted the omelet once a few years ago. I don't remember what it tasted like, just remember that it wasn't something I wanted to revisit. HA!

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