Established in 1963 along Wenhua Road, way before I was born, Fengjia Night Market in Taichung City claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan. It was also the night market that left me in awe when I first travelled to Taiwan back in September 2012, as my friend & I didn’t manage to finish touring the night market in a night (read more about my pleasant experience then here). So I made sure for my recent visit to Taichung, I must visit Fengjia Night Market again.
Over the years, the entire Fengjia commercial district has expanded to Fengjia Road, Fuxing Road, Xitun Road & Xi’an Street, surrounding Fengjia University. With such a big area to cover, we spent 2 out of 3 nights’ stay in Fengjia, so that we could explore the area thoroughly. Read on for more details of my yummy journey through Taichung City’s foodie heaven to unveil 8 must-try foods in Fengjia!
1。 Minglun Pancake 明伦蛋饼
There is more than 1 Minglung Pancake outlet in Fengjia, & I think we bought it from outlet #2, which was at the intersection of Xitun Road Section 2 & Wenhua Road, & not the above address I indicated. 😛 We got to know about the famous shop selling Taiwan’s classic breakfast scallion pancake through hotel recommendation, but upon seeing the other outlet (which was nearer to Hotel Mapp), we just bought 1 to try without confirming. It was only later when we walked along Wenhua Road did we realise the more popular outlet is further down the road. No wonder the outlet we patronised didn’t really have a queue, unlike the one pictured above. 😅
Fortunately, the scallion pancake (40 TWD, ~S$1.80) we had was great, freshly prepared only upon ordering. As promised on its signboard, the pancake was not greasy or too salty. It also had a fragrant eggy flavour. I can’t comment on the “great scallion” promise, because I’m not a scallion fan. In fact, I even asked for less scallion! 😛 Try it in the evening the next time you visit Fengjia, instead of consuming it as a breakfast item & see if you like it! 😉
Address 地址: No. 546, Fuxing Road, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區福星路564號（近文華路）
Open 营业时间: 3 pm to 1.30 am daily 每天下午3时至凌晨1时30分
2. Hsu Pan-fried Pork Bun 许生煎包
Hsu Pan-fried Pork Bun is an unassuming hole-in-the-wall stall just a min walk from Minglun Pancake #2 outlet, along Wenhua Road. Again, this was recommended by the hotel, who told us to try our luck as it may not always be opened & it’d usually be crowded with customers. I was lucky enough to find it quickly on the first night in Fengjia, & there was no customer yet! Maybe because it was still early before 6pm?
Anyway, it’s easy to order from the 30-year-old stall, for they only sell 1 item – the famous pan-fried pork bun at 5 for 40 TWD (~S$1.80). I only ordered 1 set as my brother in-law doesn’t take meat. Each bun was generously filled with lots of minced pork meat, crunchy chopped cabbage & sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. The skin was thin & not starchy. Very tasty & juicy! As it was piping hot when I bought, I took a while before I dared to sink my teeth into 1. Even then, I could feel the juice overflowing in my mouth as I chomped down the buns. Despite being so yummy, I couldn’t finish all 5 as I wanted to save some space for other food in the night market. Best to share a set with your travel kakis if possible, for each bun was really quite big.
Address 地址: No. 3, Wenhua Road Sec. 3, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區文華路3之3號
Open 营业时间: 4 pm to 12.30 am daily 每天下午4时至凌晨12时30分
3. Yixin Vegetarian 一心素食
Who says night markets cater more to carnivorous folks than vegetarians? You may never have been to Taiwan, or Fengjia Night Market for that matter. Vegetarians like my brother in-law will be happy to see Yixin Vegetarian eatery in Fengjia, & its popularity may surprise many. Are there so many vegetarians in Taichung you wonder? For the small eatery seemed to be forever packed with customers waiting for seats or queuing for takeaway whenever we passed by the eatery those 2 nights. Fortunately we visited on a weekday when it was just past 6 pm, so we only had to wait a little while for the food. When we finished our meal, we could see the long queue of customers waiting outside!
Hotel staff recommended us to try this vegetarian eatery after learning 1 of us was vegetarian, & she said the vegetarian mee sua (40 TWD, S$1.80) here was very nice. Indeed, it was a generous bowl of wholesome goodness. Besides mee sua, we also ordered the vegetarian stinky tofu (50 TWD, ~S$2.25) to try. To be frank, I’m not a fan of stinky tofu, as I had never eaten 1 that was so good till it converted me to become a fan.
After few bites into the stinky tofu, we both agreed that this was even better than the mee sua. The accompanying salad enhanced its taste even more. In addition, the tofu was crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside, & it didn’t leave a greasy aftertaste. Or maybe because the accompanying kimchi & cucumber slices helped to eliminate the oily feeling. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, Yixin Vegetarian is certainly worth trying if you are in Fengjia. 😉
Address 地址: No. 2, Fuxing Road Lane 461, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區福星路461巷2號
Open 营业时间: 5 pm to 1 am daily except Mondays 下午5时至凌晨1时，逢星期一休息
4. Dajia Taro Town 大甲芋头城
Located right next to Yixin Vegetarian on Fuxing Road Lane 461, Dajia Taro Town is a must-visit if you are a taro fan. Apparently, Dajia district in Taichung is reputed as the hometown for taro, & this dessert ice shop uses only taro from the famed town. The shop is only half the size of Yixin, but it is by no means a pushover. There were 9 types of iced desserts & 5 hot desserts to choose from, & the staff recommended us to try its Taro Combo Ice (45 TWD, ~S$2), so we ordered 1 to dine in.
Oh boy, can you see how big each chunk of taro is from above picture? & there wasn’t just 1 or 2 slices of the chunky taro! While taro always tastes yummy to me, this one at Dajia Taro Town has such a chewy texture, I don’t remember eating any like this before. It was great that the dessert wasn’t overly loaded with sugar so we could get more of its natural goodness. Besides the generous portions of taro, there were also other toppings that filled the big bowl: taro balls, sweet potato balls, tapioca pearls & red bean to accompany the shaved ice. A very filling & satisfying dessert that I would highly recommend to all!
Address 地址: No. 2-2, Fuxing Road Lane 461, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區福星路461巷2-2號
Open 营业时间: 1.30 pm to 1 am daily 每天下午1时30分至凌晨1时
5. Sweet Potato Balls 地瓜球
Frankly, I am not sure where is the exact location of this no-name sweet potato balls stall in Fengjia. We stumbled upon this little stall while heading towards Fengjia Road (where the entrance to Fengjia University is) from Fuxing Road. Although it may not be the famous 30 year-old Fengjia sweet potato balls shop that is highly raved about online, the classic Taiwanese street snack sold here is cheap & good too. 1 pack costs 30 TWD (~S$1.35), while 2 packs cost slightly cheaper at 50 TWD (~S$2.25). The sweet potato balls were crispy & addictive enough, such that before you realise, you would have popped all into your mouth! 😛
6. Guan Zhi Lin Taiwanese Sausage With Sticky Rice 官芝霖大肠包小肠
Guan Zhi Lin Taiwanese Sausage With Sticky Rice is probably the most well-known stall in Fengjia Night Market, & I wonder why I didn’t know about it back in 2012 when I first visited the place. 😜 It is located on Fengjia Road, just a straight short walk down Fengjia University’s main entrance. This street is also affectionately known as “Bento Street” to the locals.
Being such a famous shop, it was not surprising to see many tourists patronizing the stall, & I even spotted a few carrying a handy food guide of the night market. I wonder why there was a need to have 2 Fengjia outlets, when they are located next to each other? 😅 Anyway, because the staff were constantly busy tending to customers, I had no chance to ask haha.
Other than the original flavour, there are 5 other flavours to choose from, namely mild spicy, extra spicy, black pepper, wasabi & garlic flavour. I opted for the mild spicy flavour as I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take in both the chilli & chilli sauce (in extra spicy version) in the Taiwanese sausage with sticky rice. Besides stuffing a big sausage with sticky rice, dried radish, pickled vegetables & cucumbers can also be found in the tantalising snack. It was a very filling & flavourful street snack to munch on. While I couldn’t taste any chilli in the snack for the first few bites, the spiciness grew on me as I finished the Taiwanese sausage with sticky rice. Whether this is indeed the original shop that started the Taiwanese sausage with sticky rice craze, it is definitely worth your attention when in Fengjia. 🙂
Address 地址: No. 16, Fengjia Road Lane 20, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區逢甲路20巷16號
Open 营业时间: 3 pm to 1 am daily 每天下午3时至凌晨1时
7. Fengjia Massage Chicken Chop 逢甲按摩鸡排
Chicken chop stalls are a common sight in Taiwan night markets, but most of them are coated with a thick layer of flour before they are grilled or deep fried. So when I got to know about this one-and-only chicken chop stall in Taiwan that promises to cook the marinated chicken chop without all the flour, I knew I had to hunt it down. 🙂
The Massage Chicken Chop stall is located along the small Qinghe Street off Wenhua Road, but once you manage to find the street, it should be easy to spot this popular stall constantly with a queue. Choose from either the extra large char-grilled chicken chop (70 TWD, ~S$3.15) or extra thick deboned chicken drumstick in teriyaki sauce (90 TWD, ~S$4.05). There was a friendly staff taking orders in front of the stall & queue moved pretty fast when I ordered the extra large char-grilled chicken chop pictured above. Before serving my chicken chop, chilli powder was sprinkled on top. The chicken chop was tender & juicy, with a hint of char-grilled aroma. Best for people who want to enjoy flavourful chicken chop without all the unnecessary flour (carbs)!
Address 地址: No. 75-2, Qinghe Street, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區慶和街75-2號
Open 营业时间: 5 pm to 12 am (Mondays to Thursdays); 4 pm to 12.30 am (Fridays to Sundays)
Website 网址: https://0921497279.blogspot.sg/
8. Black Tea Yeast Stinky Tofu 解馋小铺 – 红茶臭豆腐
As its name implies, Black Tea Yeast Stinky Tofu sells the ubiquitous Taiwanese snack – stinky tofu. But it stands out from the rest because it claims its stinky tofu are fermented using premium earl grey black tea yeast. The stall is just located steps away from Massage Chicken Chop & was pretty crowded with customers (typically tourists) when we were there too. There are also 2 other outlets in Fengjia, with #2 along Bento Street at Fengjia Road & #3 along Wenhua Road.
从店名可知道解馋小铺 – 红茶臭豆腐买的就是台湾著名的臭豆腐啦。不过，不要误以为店家专卖红茶和臭豆腐，它主打的是以顶级伯爵红茶为菌种发酵的臭豆腐。店家就在按摩鸡排同一条街上，走几步就到了，也很多游客。逢甲商圈里还有另两家解馋小铺 – 红茶臭豆腐，2号店在便当街，而三号店在文華路。
Please do not be mistaken by the photo you see above, which only has some stinky tofu cubes & pickled vegetables left. I didn’t take photo of it before it was almost wiped out by my brother in-law. 😅 Neither did I manage to eat it when it was still piping hot as I was still queuing for the chicken chop. There was very faint, almost negligible smell of the early grey tea & the stinky tofu was not as crispy on the outside & soft on the inside compared to Yixin’s. But I like the pickled vegetables & spicy sauce provided in the box. Thus to be frank, I prefer Yixin to BlackTea Yeast’s. If you try this next time fresh from the pot, let me know if it’s actually as good as it claims!
Address 地址: No. 5, Fengjia Road Lane 20, Xitun District, Taichung City 台中市西屯區逢甲路20巷5號
Open 营业时间: 3 pm to 1 am daily 每天下午3时至凌晨1时
Website 网址: Facebook
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my food journey in Fengjia Night Market. Despite exploring the district for 2 nights, there were still some recommended food places that I missed. For example, this Brother Ah San Braised Food eatery near the intersection of Wenhua Road & Fushang Lane.
As the entire commercial district is near Fengjia University, the night market is not just a place for foodies &/or gluttons. There are numerous shops selling affordable trendy clothing & accessories too. In fact, this is the place I enjoyed shopping for clothes the most in Taiwan. You can get your stuff at lower prices compared to if you were to shop in Taipei (except for manufacturer price-controlled items). So have fun chomping down on all the yummy food while shopping to your heart’s content in Fengjia Night Market! 🙂