Fengjia Night Market: 8 Must-Try Foods In Taichung’s Foodie Heaven 台中市吃货篇:逢甲夜市不可错过的8大美食

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.

在我还没出生之前的1963年,号称台湾最大的逢甲夜市就已在台中市西屯区的文華路成立,所以又称文華路夜市。记得第一次到访台湾是2012年9月,当时让我留下最深刻印象的夜市就是逢甲夜市。为什么?因为逛了一整晚的夜市,我们竟然还无法走到逢甲大学前,真是太大了(点击这里可以看看我当时逛逢甲的感想)!因此,这次我告诉自己,在台中市三晚,无论如何都得再造访逢甲夜市。

The conspicuous signboard of Fengjia Night Market, at intersection of Fuxing Road & Wenhua Road
显眼的逢甲夜市招牌,就在福星路与文華路的交界处

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!

这么多年下来,逢甲夜市已演变成一个大商圈,不只局限于当初的文華路。现在,逢甲商圈还包括慶和街、逢甲路、逢甲路20巷(俗称「便當街」)等等。规模这么大,当然要花多一点时间,才能好好地寻找美食,看看有什么好买的。以下就分享我在台中市的吃货天堂 ——逢甲夜市的两天美食之旅,介绍夜市里不可错过的8大美食!

1。 Minglun Pancake 明伦蛋饼

The famous Minglun Pancake with constant long queues
人气名店【明伦蛋饼】永远都排着长龙

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. 😅

逢甲夜市有两间明伦蛋饼店,但我们是在2号店买了蛋饼后,才发现的。😝上图的明伦蛋饼店应该是比较多客人的1号店,而我们买的那家就在西屯路2段与文華路的交界处,不少地图中所指。希堤微旅的柜台职员推荐我们尝一尝明伦蛋饼,也有告知地址,不过大头虾的我们一看到先经过的2号店就迫不及待地买来尝尝😄。后来知道买错了才晓得为何我们买的那家人潮没那么猛。😄

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! 😉

虽然买错了,但2号店的蛋饼(一个40台币)也很好吃,是现点现做,绝对新鲜。就如招牌上说,蛋饼的宗旨是”少油、少盐“,一点都不觉得过油或咸。蛋饼香味四溢,也符合它的”好蛋“宗旨。至于”好葱“嘛,抱歉,我无法评论,因为我不是个爱葱之人,我还要求少葱呢!🤣 下次你到逢甲夜市时,记得买个蛋饼试一试,看看在早餐以外的时间吃,是不是别有一番滋味。😉

The other Minglun Pancake outlet
位于西屯路2段及文華路的交界口的明伦蛋饼

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?

许生煎包离明伦蛋饼2号店很近,就几步路而已,是一个在文華路上不是很起眼的小摊位。这也是旅店推荐的在地小吃,说我们可以碰碰运气,看它有没有开门做生意,因为它不定时休息,也常常大排长龙。幸运的我们第一晚逛逢甲就看到它开张,而且没人!或许是平日的关系吧?还是因为还早不到傍晚6时?

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.

来到30年的老店——许生煎包摊位前,无需苦恼要点什么。因为它就只卖生煎包😄。一份生煎包有五个包子,只需40台币。既然姐夫是素食者不能与我分享,我也只能点一份。包子来到我手上是热腾腾新鲜出炉的,我都不敢立刻咬下去。每个包子都是皮薄馅厚,里面裹着满满的猪肉碎及爽脆的高丽菜,上面还撒上些许芝麻。把包子送入嘴里,饱满的汤汁就快溢出来了,超好吃!不过,由于五个包子的料真的太多太扎实了,我没有吃完,因为得在肚子留些空位尝其他美食。😜所以,可以的话,最好你有其他同伴可以共享许生煎包,不然好浪费这么棒的平价美食!

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!

如果你觉得夜市只是荤食者的天堂,我想你应该没到过台湾,或确切的说,没到过逢甲夜市吧。来到逢甲,像姐夫这样的素食者应该会很兴奋逢甲有一心素食这间素食名店。看到店里店外总是人潮满满,会不会开始怀疑台中有这么多素食者吗?我们两晚都有经过一心素食,而每次都是很多顾客。幸好到访的那天是平日傍晚6时左右,无需排队等太久。用餐完毕,才惊觉人龙越来越长!

Vegetarian Mee Sua
素面线

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.

希堤微旅的职员在知道我们其中一人是素食者之后,就向我们推荐一心素食的面线(一碗40台币)。的确,这碗面线是蛮好吃的,很有饱足感。我们也点了一盘招牌臭豆腐(50台币)来尝尝。其实我不是臭豆腐的粉丝,不会特地点这道菜,或许是因为从没吃到超赞的臭豆腐。

Vegetarian Stinky Tofu
招牌臭豆腐

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. 😉

尝了几口的臭豆腐之后,我们都认为这比面线还出色嘞。豆腐外酥内软,也不会油腻。也许是配搭的小黄瓜、泡菜有助去油,提升豆腐的口感吧。无论是不是素食者,我相信这招牌臭豆腐都会赢得许多饕客的喜爱的。逢甲夜市的一心素食臭豆腐绝对值得推荐。😊

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.

芋头控要仔细读这段关于大甲芋头城的介绍了。大甲芋头城就在一心素食的隔壁,专卖芋头甜品。据说,台中市的大甲区是芋头的故乡,而大甲芋头城甜品只选用大甲的芋头。店面虽小,但绝不是省油的灯。这里有9种冰品与热品供食客选择,而我们最后选择点店员推荐的芋圆综合冰。

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!

看到吗?冰品里的芋头多大颗!而且不只一两块哦!虽然只要是芋头我都爱,但这里选用的芋头特别Q弹,从来没吃过这么好吃的芋头啊…… 况且,虽然是甜品,但这碗芋头综合冰不会太过甜,才能尝到天然的好滋味。除了有超大块的芋头,冰品里还有芋圆、番薯圆、珍珠及红豆,是一碗绝对超值美味的冰品。我举双手双脚强力推荐!

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! 😛

抱歉,我不清楚这摊无名地瓜球的确切地址,是沿着福星路前往逢甲路(逢甲大学正门)的途中无意发现的。虽然不是网上疯传的驰名30年逢甲地瓜球老店,但这里卖的地瓜球价廉物美。一包只需30台币,买两包的话更便宜,只需50台币。台湾的地瓜球都很酥脆,吃了容易上瘾。一不小心就会发现你已把整包吃进肚子里!😝

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.

要说逢甲夜市最有名的美食店,我想应该非官芝霖大肠包小肠莫属。不知道为什么第一次到访台中时竟然不晓得它的存在。排队名店就位于俗称便当街的逢甲路,离逢甲大学的正门很近。

Fengjia University main entrance
逢甲大学正门前

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.

既然是名店,常常会看到官芝霖店外有许多游客排队。我到访时,甚至看到有一些游客拿着美食指南。有点好奇为什么两家店面竟然就在彼此的隔壁,有这个必要吗?不过,客人源源不绝,我也没机会询问。😅

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. 🙂

除了原味之外,这里还有5种口味供选择,即小辣,大辣,黑胡椒,哇沙米,以及蒜味。我买的是小辣口味的,因为怕大辣口味里的辣椒与辣椒酱会太过火。大肠包小肠里还有菜脯蛋、酸菜与小黄瓜当佐料,是很丰富很有饱足感的一道小吃。虽然初尝小吃一点都不感觉辣,但辣味是慢慢入侵我的舌尖的,蛮喜欢这种味道。😋不管它是不是台中大肠包小肠的正宗老店,都绝对值得来光顾!

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. 🙂

台湾夜市处处可看见鸡排,但绝大多数都裹上一层厚厚的面粉才去碳烤或油炸。因此当我在网上看到这号称全台唯一不裹粉的逢甲按摩鸡排的推荐后,就告诉自己一定要去尝一尝。

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)!

逢甲按摩鸡排位于慶和街,是从文華路这条大路右转才看得到的小街。一进入慶和街,就不难找到按摩鸡排,因为总是排着长长的人龙。这里除了有我上图所点的超大碳烤按摩鸡排(70台币)之外,你也可以选择超厚照烧去骨鸡腿排(90台币)。排队人潮虽长,但有一名友善的职员先帮客人点餐,所以也不必等太久。店里的职员把我点的鸡排递给我之前,也会先问我要不要洒辣椒粉。碳烤鸡排真的蛮大块的,肉质嫩且多汁,还有淡淡的烧烤味。想尝鸡排又怕面粉多过鸡肉不健康的话,一定要试试逢甲按摩鸡排!

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)
下午5时至凌晨12时(周一至周四);下午4时至凌晨12时30分 (周五至周日)
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!

看到上图,请不要误会,这家臭豆腐的分量怎么这么少?这是吃剩的啦哈哈,因为姐夫等不及我买好按摩鸡排,就先吃了。所以我吃的时候就只剩这样,食物也有点冷了。其实没闻到什么伯爵红茶的香味,臭豆腐也不像一心臭豆腐那么外酥内软,反而有点硬。还好,搭配豆腐的酸菜及辣酱蛮爽口的。因此,我会比较喜欢一心臭豆腐多于红茶臭豆腐。如果下次你有机会趁热吃到红茶臭豆腐,请告诉我它的味道是否如网上说的一样好!

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.

希望你喜欢我所分享的逢甲夜市美食之旅。虽然两晚都到逢甲夜市逛,但还是吃不到一些被推荐的美食。例如,希堤微旅推荐我们去阿三哥卤味,说要尝这家位于文華路与福上巷的店家的卤味需要一定的运气,因为它常常不开门做生意。😅

Brother Ah San Braised Food (signboard on the right in red text & yellow background) was closed throughout the 2 evenings we passed by 😦
可惜两晚都无法品尝著名的阿三哥卤味(右侧招牌)😫

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! 🙂

由于逢甲商圈就在逢甲大学周围,这里不只是美食天堂而已哦。在台湾的大学区,一般都可找到数不尽售卖价廉物美的时尚衣物、饰品等。说真的,要我选我在台湾最爱逛服饰的地方,应该就是逢甲商圈了。这里售卖的服饰比起台北便宜许多(厂商控制价格的商品除外)。所以,下次到台中,记得到逢甲商圈、夜市大快朵颐、尽情购物!😊

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s