Written by Shirley T
Monday, 14 February 2011 00:00
Tucked in between Danshui waterfront promenade and the bustling ZhongZheng Road, Gongming Street or better known as Danshui Old Street (淡水老街) is a pedestrian friendly street with enormous array of food to tuck in and souvenirs to bring home.
Stretched over 200 meters, Gongming Street is less than 2 minutes walk from red brick Danshui MRT Station. Crowded, lined up with shops and food stalls on both sides of the road, Old Street is good spot to try out Taiwanese hawker (street food) and local snacks such as fish ball soup, iron egg, oily bean curd (Ah Gei), fried fish cracker, fish dumplings and a variety of seafood.
Ah Gei (阿給) or oily bean curd is an interesting signature dish of Danshui. Easily spotted at most eateries, it is a deep fried bean curd (tofu), stuffed with crystal noodle and sealed with fish paste. The texture of bean curd is soft inside and presented with some savory-spicy sauce. Taste is rather subjective to individual but for a foodie, this is is a must try at Danshui!
Beside Ah Gei, Danshui fish ball (魚丸) is another choice to try owing to Danshui's location, near the ocean with plenty of fresh catch. Typically, they are made from from fish paste that is stuffed with meat and garlic then served in a plain soup.
As one strolls along Gongming Street, tonnes of vacuum-packed black globules somehow would catch your attention. This is the famous Danshui snack called 'Iron Egg' (鐵蛋). From the hard boiled egg, they are repeatedly stewed for hours with fermented bean paste, soy sauce, sugar and spices which eventually turning them into black balls. Smaller iron eggs are prepared from quail eggs while the larger ones are from chicken eggs. Their texture is rubbery and some claimed the taste is flavorful (but not my fancy though!).
The eateries and shops here are open till late at night. Begin with your evening at Danshui by watching sunset, then diving into the food haven to chow down!
Gongming Street, Danshui Township, Taipei County
Coordinates: 25.1683°N 121.4441°E
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