To end our time in Tainan, we knew we had to stick with our streak and look for more delicious eats at one of the city’s most popular stops: Flower Night Market.
Flower Night Market:
Unlike other night markets we visited, Flower Night Market is only open three days a week; Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Opened in 1999, it’s one of the youngest night markets in Tainan, but also one of the largest and most popular markets amongst locals and tourists alike.
Our First Impression:
When we first arrived at the market, we were instantly impressed. The market felt open and easy to navigate, and we found some of our favorite foods here in Tainan. Once we left Taiwan and looked at all of the night markets we visited, Flower Night Market still stood out above the rest, and came in at #1.
Looking back at our video footage, my mouth still begins to water. Flower Night Market is definitely one market we would go back to.
Flower Night Market Food:
Surprisingly, we only ate three things at Flower Night Market, but they were SO good that they will forever be etched into our hearts and taste buds. Let’s reminisce, shall we?
#1 Crispy Green Onion Pancake:
Every time we talk about our trip with other people, or just amongst ourselves, we somehow always come back to this piece of heaven. This was the first thing we saw when we entered the market, and it was definitely meant to be.
Pancake batter is lovingly poured into a round pan, and fried to perfection. After sprinkling it with magic spices, it’s cut into perfect sections and stuffed into a bag so you can enjoy it as you walk around the market.
This was wonderfully crispy, yet somehow also light and airy; spicy, but not overbearing. It set the tone for the rest of the night, and we were super excited to see what else we could find.
#2 Fried Chicken:
A few days after we left Tainan, we ate fried chicken at Shilin Night Market, and it was better than what we found at Flower, but this was still pretty amazing!
The chicken was first deep fried, and then grilled to perfection (and to keep it warm for potential customers). There were a lot of bones to get past, but the outer shell was super crisp and surprisingly sweet. The chicken itself was perfectly cooked, and not dried out, which is so important to me – sometimes Caleb complains that I don’t cook chicken long enough. #ButHaveYouDiedYet
This wasn’t the best fried chicken we had in Taiwan, but overall, it was still a pretty solid choice when in Tainan.
#3 Fried Sweet Potato Balls:
If you didn’t take a picture of your food, did you even eat it? I tried to salvage a screen shot, but if you want proof that we ate Fried Sweet Potato Balls, just go all the way back up and watch our vlog. You won’t regret it. 😉
These fried pieces of sweet sweet potato dough were crispy, mildly sweet, and weren’t too oily even after being deep fried. They were the perfect way to end the night without feeling too full.
Want to Visit Flower?
Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays
As always, make sure to do a double Google check before going to ensure you get the most out of your visit!