Hualien is the city in TW all tourists frequent on the way to Taroko Gorge.  The night life is non-existent but the nightmarket is spectacular.  If you get a chance to visit Hualien, stay at a minsu.  It’s very easy to eat local.  Yogurt with excess probiotics in the morning to line the stomach or fruit to kick start the metabolism and you’ll be good to go for the rest of the day.  Taiwan nightmarkets have a large disproportion of food offerings in the fried variety so you will need cold beer to wash it down.

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busy on a wednesday night

Grilled Corn.  30 min wait during peak hours in the evening.

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Hualien Night Market’s grilled corn.

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Hualien Night Market’s fried squid. As big as a hand.

Fried Squid.  Go with the half serving (just tentacles) as one full serving will prevent you from eating at other vendors.

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A Taiwanese stable food – stinky tofu.  This is a must try on every travelers visit to a nightmarket in Taiwan.  We chose this joint in Hualien:

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Hualien Night Market’s stinky tofu

Stinky tofu is pungent.  You will not be able avoid the smell so long as the nightmarket is in session, the scent is everywhere within a 2 block radius.  It tastes a lot better than it smells.

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Hualien Night Market’s stinky tofu and pickled vegetables

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Another dining option would be the noodle vendors.  A typical family run business that operates at all hours of the day.  Taiwanese people love their noodles.  The freezer shows the cold dish variety that is available.

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soup kitchen

This is their open kitchen.  The soup broth is always simmering. Everything is made fresh.

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I had the fresh noodles with bean curd.  I asked for the vegetarian option but it had to come with meat as the soup stock is made with pork.

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Taiwanese soup noodles

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