At this point in our trip, we were only four days in, but feeling run down because of our head colds. Our plan for this day was to travel to Taichung, make a stop at the Rainbow Village in Taichung’s art district, and then drop our backpacks at our Airbnb before doing more exploring around the city.
The day ended up being filled with a few travel mistakes (we never made it to Rainbow Village), and once we got to our Airbnb, we crashed. After waking up from a much needed nap, we headed out to find food at Fengjia Night Market and bubble tea at Chung Shui Tang.
Our First Stop in Taichung: Fengjia
I can only shake my head when I think about Fengjia. A few people were disappointed when we uploaded our Taichung vlog on YouTube, because this night market is usually gets pretty high ratings. Our experience, however, was pretty bad, and we ranked Fengjia as our least favorite night market in Taiwan.
The market itself felt more touristy than others, and there weren’t as many new and unique food options available. We didn’t enjoy what we ate, and left the market feeling hungrier than when we arrived.
Here is what we ate at Fengjia:
#1 The Meat Burrito:
We were drawn to this stall as we watched the chef roll flat pieces of meat around what looked to be a delicious green vegetable. The meat rolls were then slathered with a special sauce, and thrown on a grill.
As we picked up our order, a lady walked by and said in a strong Valley Girl accent, “Oh yeah, that’s a meat burrito.” The name stuck, and we chuckled as Caleb took the first bite.
The chuckles soon turned to frowns as we realized that this meat burrito was actually a terrible first meal choice. We’ve talked to a few friends that visited Taiwan before us, and they said this was their favorite food item – so maybe it was just this particular meat burrito stand? Nonetheless, the meat was incredibly dry, the vegetable inside was stringy and tough to chew, and there wasn’t too much overall flavor. Try the meat burrito at your own risk.
#2 Garlic Clams:
After the meat burrito fiasco, we searched for something to cleanse our palettes and lift our spirits. Our intuition brought us to the Seaside Cottage food stall, where you can quench your thirst for seafood with fresh clams and prawns.
We ordered the fresh garlic clams, which were mouth watering-ly salty, and had huge chunks of garlic in each clam shell. These clams were the redeeming quality of Fengjia Night Market, and helped salvage what had turned into a pretty disappointing night.
Once we finished our clams, we continued searching for more food, but eventually gave up and left the market.
Our Final Stop in Taichung: Chun Shui Tang
Chun Shui Tang is known in Taiwan as the origin of Pearl Milk Tea – also known as “bubble tea.”
There are many different locations throughout Taichung, and we ended up going to the location near the Calligraphy Greenway. We had a little bit of trouble finding the restaurant, but eventually found it at the bottom level of what looked like a mall/shopping center.
Once we were seated, we were able to take in the atmosphere of the restaurant – it had great ambiance, the lights were turned down low, and the booths were huge and made us feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant.
What We Ordered:
Traditional Black Pearl Milk Tea:
Caleb ordered the traditional black pearl milk tea, which is just basic black milk tea with tapioca balls. The tea was mildly sweet, but was creamy, frothy, and delicious. If you’ve never had bubble tea before, this is a great choice until you’re ready to branch out into bolder flavors. Chun Shui Tang has definitely mastered the art of milk tea with this one.
Mango Tea with Coconut Pearls:
I feel like I call this drink something different every time, but it turned out to be more of a mango smoothie, rather than a traditional tea. They replaced the traditional tapioca balls with coconut pearls, which brought in a nice sweetness to contrast the tartness of the mango. There was a lot of ice, but I still really enjoyed this drink. It was one of the more pricier options, but overall, another great choice at Chun Shui Tang.
Brown Sugar Mochi:
This will forever be one of my favorite desserts. Ever.
I have always been a huge fan of mochi; I love how soft and chewy it is, especially when it’s freshly made. We ordered this knowing we were going to like it, but it blew our minds.
The mochi came out on a simple white plate, and they brought out another smaller plate divided into two sections; one section was filled with sweet cream, and the other with sesame seeds.
We were instructed to dip the mochi into the cream, and then into the sesame. By itself, the mochi was delicious. But with the cream and sesame combo, it was taken to the next level. It was sweet, chewy, and creamy, with a hint of savory sesame. Perfectly balanced, and just downright delectable.
If you ever go to Chun Shui Tang, this is a must order!
Our eyes were opened to the wonder of taro at Chun Shui Tang. We had seen night market stalls selling taro in various forms, but we decided to finally try it out here.
The taro cakes were fried, and were not only crunchy, but had a smoky/meaty flavor to them. They weren’t overly oily, and I felt relatively healthy eating them, even though it tasted like I was eating a starchy french fry dipped in bacon fat.
I’m still not entirely sure what taro is (I read it’s a tuber vegetable), but the texture was similar to a potato. All I know is that this fried taro was delicious and another must try at Chun Shui Tang.
Want to Go to Fengjia Night Market?
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Different sources have variations of the market hours, so be sure to do a quick Google check before you go!
Want to Go to Chun Shui Tang?
Hours: The hours vary based on what location you go to. The hours for the location we visited are:
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Have you been to either Fengjia Night Market or Chun Shui Tang? What did you eat?
What would you recommend for future travelers?
Let us know in the comments below!