Written by Shirley T
Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00
Visiting Keelung is never complete if one does not take a glance at Miaokou (at times written as Miaokow) Eating Street. Fame for the best place in Taiwan that offers street snacks especially seafood, Keelung's Miaokou has a steep history started since Japanese occupation. The story began with some regular vendors selling snacks near the entrance of Dianji Temple. As the demand from Keelung townies increased, this had attracted more vendors that eventually turned the temple's entrance to be a food market.
Miaokou or literally translated as 'Temple's Mouth' occupies several square blocks of Ren 3rd Road, Ai 3rd Road and Ren 4th Road in Keelung Downtown. Some people even joked that Miaokou has attracted more foodies than pilgrims!
Known to visitors as Miaokou Night Market, this food corridor would never disappoint you even during the day. In fact, bright day light is a better time to stroll without the inconvenience of shoulder to shoulder crowd that happens at night. Located near sea, Keelung provides an edge for Miaokou to serve fresh seafood with all kinds of variety including puffer fish (something I have never seen on food street!), crab, shellfish and internal organs of marine creatures which allures tons of foodies every day.
Due to Keelung's historical background, invaded by several foreign forces, the unique food culture here encompasses a blend of west and east, north and south. It is not a surprise if you see quite a number of Tempura and Sushi from Japanese influence, sandwich and fried chicken of western impact, apart from the typical Taiwanese food such as meatball, sausage, spring roll, dumpling, noodle, glutinous rice, soup and porridge. Most of the menu are in Chinese (Mandarin) though there are some in English and Japanese. Whenever it comes to food, it is always wise to clarify so that one does not end up with something too challenging! If you do not speak Mandarin, walk nearing the stall and observe what the others eat to get a good clue.
Happy hunting and eating!
Intersection of Ren 3rd Road and Ai 3rd Road
Keelung City, Taiwan R.O.C.
Coordinate: 25.1286°N 121.7428°E
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