ironlady wrote:Yeah, for everyone who's sorry for the passing of those "lovely international restaurants" -- those are a very new phemonenon in the life of the Shi-Da night market area. The backbone of those businesses was the shuijiao place on Longquan, the noodle shops, and the endless assortment of tea shops -- all gone for some time now. What's left is a gentrified imitation of a night market. If you want "international food" go to Xinyi. I'm just wondering if there will be any place accessible to normal folks who want an order of shuijiao. It's getting harder and harder to find "normal food".
There were some great places on Longquan St. where students could fill up on good but inexpensive food. The knife noodle place and the big Hong Kong style duck shop were two great example. But the decent places are long gone. In the core Longquan St. area, the only remaining food shops are of very low quality indeed. The surrounding areas are where the new 'international' additions are.
For great jiaozi at a reasonable prices, walk don't run to Longmenkezhan just north of CKS Memorial. They are the only place I know of that still makes their own wrappers themselves. I don't eat shuijiao anywhere else in Taipei (China is a different story). The side dishes--cucumber salad, doupi, charcuterie, and luwei--are all outstanding. Two people can gorge themselves and drink themselves silly for less than NT$500.
And guess what? The area is slated for redevelopment and this great Taipei institution will soon vanish.
Very soon, Taipei will have no street food left at all despite the claims in the tourist literature that you can get sopmething to eat 24 hours a day etc.