~ 23rd March 2014 ~
Picking Lealea Garden Hotel as a place to stay was the best choice ever. The moment we stepped out of the lobby, the main road greeted us and the night market was right smack there~! The looks of the night market was really inviting so unlike other night markets. Our stomach were rumbling due to lack of food.
We were thinking of walking around from end to another before deciding what food to eat so that we would not be too full when we come to the stall that we really wanted. That's the lousiest plan ever and in less than a minute, we found ourselves crossing the road because there's this stall which looked really attractive. Lights and colours do attract~!
And the aroma does help~! Pictures are important to serve tourists like me who can't read a word. When you're hungry, the price did not matter. We have spent thousands of NTs on other things, so whenever we see two digits sum, it's totally okay. It wouldn't hurt the pocket since I had the whole wad of cash strapped around my body.
We got ourselves the baby steamed buns with steaming hot soup inside. The seller insisted that we eat first before feeding my camera. It was really good and to be sure that you have customers, it's not always when we see people queuing up, we would follow suit. Good PR is needed....
He was asking us to buy the miniature dumplings and because of his persistence, we bought a few. Mi madre said we should keep for the night. It was already night so mi madre must have meant supper before we called it a day. Mind you, we ran away whenever we see crowds and we have developed some kind of phobia when we see crowds and throngs of people. So, any stall with humans standing in one snake-long line, we stayed far away from it.
We crossed the road back to where we plan to start but in less than a few steps, we fall in love with this stall. We didn't have to stand or walk along to road, holding out paper plates or plastic bags. Chewing while walking was what we didn't mind doing a decade ago. This stall came with comfortable wooden bench, so why not.... we were actually attracted to these...
|Ooohhh.... ooohhhhh.... oysters... clams.... snails....|
We were undecided what to order and after some mental calculation, I don't think it's a good idea to order something that will make us full immediately.
The price came in three digits and it's not good according to my mental arithmetic. But in the end, we ordered what we loved most....
|Our large clams...|
|Some may think this is disgusting... but we're good with these snails....|
|Enjoying the seafood~!|
The uncle who manned the stall even gave us a free huge clam just because I used Hokkien. He must be excited to hear a foreigner speaking their Taiwanese language... haiyo... Uncle, thank you for being nice but most Penang lang can speak Hokkien leh.... then you will have to give many free clams away :D
|Our free clam in soup... Thank you... Really appreciate the kind gesture...|
When we're done, we left a big mess on the once clean table...
Mi madre's suggestion of supper came too early. We just had to gulp down everything. They were so good... and no, we don't miss the glutinous rice dumpling because we could make better ones :D
Look at the price~!! It's so cheap~ and the soy sauce grilled chicken was so good. I think I bought two thighs and took back to the hotel room to feast on those thighs. They were so good I regretted buying two only. Should have bought all seven plus some bishops' nose *chicken arse* Looking at this now, I need to again, upgrade my cooking...
Pinky got this or was it mine? Can't remember... soy bean milk? Don't remember at all... Frog milk *eeewwwww* No such thing la...
That looked tempting but we didn't get it... dunno whhhhhyyyyyyyy *wailing* I really like Kending's night market with no crowd and really good food. Please, forget about always going to Taipei just because everyone's going to Taipei. Be a more adventurous tourists and start looking at Taiwan's own down south. Kaohsiung and Kending, in Pingtung county were two of the best places according to us.
If you can't stand night market food, there's always Smokey Joe's for you to try out. We're not keen to try on any Western dishes in a Chinese country.
Should have bought that phone clip for the hubby. Hubby would like to have that gadget on the table so he did not have to hold on to his phone.