The New Hukou Monday Night Market

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Photos by MJ Klein including FOOD PHOTOS!

Recently, the area where Hukou’s Monday night market is held began undergoing a major developmental project.  The night market had to be moved to a new location in Hukou.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

We parked a little bit far away from the new night market location and walked over to it.  This is the scene at the entrance road – mayhem.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

As we turned to the left to walk down the main entrance road, this is what we saw:

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Some of these photos might be a little unclear as they were taken at night in the ambient light using our optically stabilized lens.  Night markets like these have literally hundreds of food vendors, with everything imaginable on offer.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

I took this shot with the camera held above my head.  There was a throng of people there!

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Everything you can imagine is on-hand, from fruits,

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

to grilled corn,

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

to grilled squid and chicken, just to name a few things.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is the “crustacean man” as I call him.  He has all sorts of crabs, shrimp and even mantis shrimp for sale.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

There are lots of these little game machines for kids to play.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is one of the mobile kitchens that are setup for cooking dishes on the spot for customers.  We’re heading for another one of these kitchens.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

There are quite a few grill vendors set up to grill various fare on offer.  I have to tell you that it’s all really good to.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Although they are overexposed and hard to see clearly, there are plenty of river shrimp on offer here.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is a popular game from Japan, where people throw a baseball to try to knock out sections in the sign board.  It is a lot harder than it looks!

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

More games for children to enjoy.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

What would any self-respecting night market be without pole-dancing strippers?

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

One of the many stores selling household items.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Hui-chen stops to check out some stuff at one of the stores.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

The night market is a family affair so there are always lots of kids there.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is where we are headed – to the “quick fry” restaurant.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

I know this boss, who is always very friendly and polite to us.

Hukou Monday Night Market

This is a shot of him cooking at the old night market place.  He’s on his feet all night and really works hard.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is a shot of the food you can get at his quick fry restaurant.

Now for shots of the food we got:

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Fried noodles 炒麵.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This is fried lotus flower buds (tiger lilies) 炒金針花

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Fried fish 煎虱目魚肚.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

And my favorite fried oysters 炸鮮蚵.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

This guy is demonstrating a toy top.  He has a wireless headset and it talking to the audience.  There are always several sellers doing this.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Watches for 100 NT dollars.  Not a bad deal for a watch.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Sometimes, we get a bunch of wings to take home and eat while watching TV.  They are very good!

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

The sheer number of restaurants and tables is surprising if you haven’t been to one of our night markets before.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

After eating, Hui-chen and I walked around to see the rest of the market.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

The ladies’ section.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Anyone up for shooting some BB guns?

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

More colorful games.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

And still more colorful games!

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

You can buy pants at the night market, and get them altered right there on the spot.  If they have your size, you can’t beat the prices!

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

These guys are playing a ring toss game.  This game is very difficult to win anything but there are no lack of people trying.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

One of the ice cream and soft drink trucks that you find in the night market.

Hukou's New Monday Night Market

Our last shot is of another BB gun game seller.  We’ve now walked through the entire night market, but we’ve only shown you a small percentage of the stuff that’s available.  Hukou has always had really large night markets no matter where they’ve been located throughout the city.  Since I’ve lived here, this is the third location of the night market and it shows no signs of dying out from lack of popularity.

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    1. hi gridman. well not all of the night markets have them. i’ve heard of other places that do but they’re usually fairly large markets. Hukou has always had large night markets for some reason. thanks.

      1. hi Fili. they had occasional dancers at the previous site where the night market was held. this is the first time i’ve seen them in the new site, but i haven’t been to the new site very much yet. thanks and take care.

  3. WOW… pole dancing stripped at a night market… Iv’e never seen anything like that here in the states. I wonder if I can organize a night market and get some pole-dancing strippers to perform at it 🙂

    I don’t know about there… but here those ring toss games are next to impossible to win. The diameters of most of the glasses will be “slightly” larger that the inside of the ring… but there will be some that are slightly smaller. They game operators (a.k.a. carnies) know where those are so they can demonstrate how the ring will fit over the glass… but there are very vew glasses in which the ring will fit over.

    The BB gun games should be easy to win… assuming they don’t mis-align the sight so the BB doesn’t go anywhere near what you’re aiming at.

    Nice to see Hui-chen wearing a Redbones t-shirt 🙂
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    1. Mike, no way would that happen in the US. the women would complain and that would put an end to it. here, the women don’t complain about stuff like that.

      i’ve never done that ring toss here but it seems lot more fair because the items are pretty small and it looks like the ring will fit over them, np.

      Yes, the Redbones shirt does look good on Hui-chen. she really likes that shirt and i have to admit, it’s comfortable and well made. we picked up a few shirts from places we visited on our trip. more to come on that soon! take care, Mike.

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    1. hi Carolyn. what usually happens is that they get some half-drunk guy in the audience to come up on stage, and the girls take his shirt and pants and won’t give them back to him. does that count? lol take care.

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