Nanya Night Market 南雅夜市 is a famous night market located in the part of Taipei, that calls itself "New". It's located right in the heart of Banqiao, one of Taipei's most populous new districts. This night market attracts a lot of people from close and afar due to the flattering reputation of being a gourmet's paradise. Let us figure out, if Nanya deserves this reputation.
MY IMPRESSION: The first thing that struck me about Nanya was the fact that it's crowded - very crowded. Although it's considered a "tourist" night market, it has a feel of a local night market... and you won't see many foreigners here like in Shida or Tonghua. The problem with this night market is it's shape. The main street is long and wide at first, but then it becomes narrower and that's where the crowds are the biggest - it's simply too small for the amount of people it tries to digest. A big part of the market are shops with clothes and accessories, a smaller part is dedicated to games - it's just your typical Taiwanese night market.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS COMMON: Food wise, you can find almost everything at Nanya, from traditional noodles, baozi and oyster omelette stands to modern day steak houses. The most prominent stall is Wang's sesame oil chicken soup 麻油雞湯 (máyóu jītāng), something I definitely recommend, if you come here, because it's famous. Aside from that, I have not really tried a lot of extraordinary food here - just your usual and quite nice Taiwanese street food.
MUST-TRY FOOD AT NANYA NIGHT MARKET: Must try would be the aforementioned sesame oil chicken soup, as well as all the milk bottle popcorn 奶瓶爆米花 (nǎipíng bàomǐhuā), which is very popular with the locals. Most xiao chi 小吃 are very tasty as well, you can hardly make a wrong choice.
Let me share our photos of Nanya Night Market from May 2011 with you:
POPULAR STALL: MILK BOTTLE POPCORN
POPULAR STALL: WANG'S SESAME OIL CHICKEN SOUP 王麻油雞湯
IN CONCLUSION: Nanya Night Market would not be among my favorite night markets in Taipei, but it's definitely a market with lots of history and buzz - one can't just dismiss it too easily. The food for me is average and above, which means it's good, but don't have too high expectations.
To find the night market, go to Fuzhong MRT Station and go out at Exit 1. About 10-15 min walk along Xingmin Boulevard and you'll reach the Nanya Road.
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