Photos by MJ Klein
It’s been awhile since we had a visit to our local night market on Monday evenings, so this time I took my Nikon along with me.
Even from this far away you can see the bright lights in the distance.
We park our car up at the beginning of this road (same road as the above photo). Lately, young kids have been going up and down this road very fast, on scooters, no helmuts and as many as 3 people on one scooter. Just the week before I saw one kid very nearly crash into a line of parked cars because he took the curve just a bit too wide at that speed. Do you think he slowed down?
Up at the entrance to the night market. Just as I snapped this photo, someone almost ran me down on a scooter. Why are people in such a hurry to go nowhere important?
Every week we eat at the “quick fry” restaurant. Here we see the boss whipping up some great local cuisine.
Right behind the Quick Fry is one of those iron plate steak places. Notice the space between the tables. Can you guess what happens when any space is left between tables and chairs like this?
If you answered: “Some people, with total disregard for your meal and contents of any drinks on the table, will forcibly push past you and use that space to cut through to the other side, most likely knocking over said drinks and spilling your food.” – you would be correct.
The rocket scientist above nearly fell flat on her face as she tripped on the tires embedded in the blactop which are supposed to demark the selling spaces. We’ve had our drinks knocked over, food spilled, and we’ve been violently pushed right into the table by selfish people forcibly pushing their way past us in the dining area and not on an actual walkway. These concepts are lost on people here. If you get upset or try to explain it to them, they’ll think you’re crazy. I usually position the tables so there is no gap and i sit in between them to discourage passing through. It’s all part of the night market experience. That and being called names.
This is a parting shot of the boss cooking up another excellent dish. This guy is on his feet all night and he really works hard.
Sometimes, Hui-chen likes to get some other dishes, and there are quite a variety to choose from. Here you see her ordering some of Taiwan’s famous stinky tofu.
Hope you can join us in Hukou some Monday night for our excellent market!