LuoDong Night Market 罗东夜市 @ LuoDong, Yilan County

For our full trip itinerary, please click here.

So we sneaked out from our beautiful B&B – Rothenburg Lodge to visit LuoDong’s night market located at the center of Luodong Township and around Zhongshan Park in Yilan County.
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Mr. Hsu stopped us at 鸭喜露 (Ya Xi Lou), a very famous “braised product specialist” in LuoDong.
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We bought some braised duck’s carcass, duck’s tongue, duck’s feet, duck’s intestine, duck’s neck and unhatched eggs, all for a total of NT380 (RM 40)! Never knew that duck’s tongue is so astonishingly expensive at NT200 for every 100g. However, the owner was so amazed when he found out that we are actually Malaysian, and able to fully converse in Mandarin. So he gave us some discounts and even freebies! I can’t say enough about Taiwanese hospitality!

We brought everything back for supper. Sweet, salty with a smokey taste, it makes a great beer snack.

Ya Xi Lu 鴨喜露肉品專家
http://www.duck168.tw
羅東博愛住院大樓地下道前二家 (sorry, can’t seem to find the address in English)
Tel:(03)9530580
Fax:(03)9531616

From Ya Xi Lu, we walked to LuoDong Night Market. It is such a vibrant and lively night market selling all kind of food and clothing. It’s even better than some of the famous night markets in Taipei. The shopping is really great over here; trendy along with a very affordable price tag.

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Getting Here: Take a train to the Luodong Railway Station, transfer to Yising Bus and get off at Gongyuan Rd. Alternatively, upon exiting the station walk straight down Gongjheng Rd., turn left on Jhongjeng Rd., make a right on Mincyuan Rd., and continue on to Jhongshan Park.

On top of that, we managed to try almost everything that comes highly recommended by Mr Hsu, our B&B owner. Let’s see what we have eaten?

#1 Long Feng Drumstick (龙凤腿)
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Long Feng Drumstick is a very well known snack in Yilan.
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It looks like a drumstick, but it is actually ground meat and minced seafood wrapped in zhuwangyou (猪网油, what is it in English?)and deep fried till golden brown. With a touch of lardy grease, it is a very very sinful treat!

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zhuwangyou – gross but so yummy! (pic form http://www.stjie.cn).

#2 YiFeng Green Onion Pancake 义丰葱油派
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Long lines are often seen at YiFeng because their green onion pancake is exceptionally crispy. Using only the famous green onions from SanSing, the pancake were so delicious!!

p/s: the auntie very fierce one! she scolded me for couldn’t understand Hokkien. T____T
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the tambah telur version (NT30, NT12 without egg). yum!

#3 Dong Shan Duck’s Head 东山鸭头
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the famous Dong Shan Duck’s Head from Tainan (South Taiwan)
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Lining up in the hall of fame with Dongshan’s duck head and ribs – make your pick!

#4 Angelica Lamb Soup 当归羊肉汤
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Our nose nearly bleed from having such a nutritious soup on a hot summer day but it was worth it!
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Angelica (danggui) Lamb Soup (NT50). It works really well in soothing our body and nourishing our appetite. The soup tasted really good too – the clear soup had a pleasant flavor and aroma of chinese herbs and the tender lamb strips did not have a gamey smell or taste to it.
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Stinky Tofu (NT50) – the best that I’ve ever eaten! You can’t really smell it but a symphony of flavors will just explode in yourmouth! I was shocked the moment I put em’ in my mouth but I love the surprise element!

#5 Xiao Chun 3 Star Fried Pork 小春三星扑肉
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This particular stall is using a digital numbering system to control the overwhelming crowd, don’t play play.
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One of their famous item is 3 star fried pork 三星扑肉 (NT50). Specially selected pork bellies were cut into strips, then coated with their secret batter and deep fried, the pork strips were crispy outside and tender inside.
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Very addictive stuff!
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糕渣 gao zha – something that I’ve not heard or seen of.

“糕渣、芋泥向來是被視為代表宜蘭人性格的名菜,因其外表冷卻而內部炙燙。糕渣是以雞胸肉熬湯瀝清,並將赤肉和鮮蝦仁剁碎,再將肉泥、高湯、雞油加太白粉放入鍋中,以小火邊煮邊攪拌約一小時,待其冷卻凝固再切塊油炸,等糕渣呈金黃色即需撈起”

Gao zha, with it’s cool exterior and piping hot interior, is seen as a signature dish that represents people from YiLan. Gao zha is made from a mixture of chicken breast cooked in superior soup minced pork, shrimps, chicken stock and flour. The mixture is then stew and stir over slow fire for an hour, then cooled and coagulated. Finally, cut em into small pieces and deep fried till golden brown.

#6 Green Onion Cake 葱油派
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We couldn’t resist having another green onion pancake after seeing the fresh batch of green onions in a beautiful hue of emerald green having just arrived.
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ultra thin skin with fillings on the verge of bursting. yummmmmmm
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love the jovial stall vendors.
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Their green onion pancakes were perfect–light, thin, crispy enough, and just the right degree of saltiness.
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Ending the post with a picture of adorable kids.

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