The New Hukou Monday Night Market

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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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Oh, we’ve started another series, called “Hukou” for all the articles that take place in Hukou and don’t belong to any other series.

MJ Klein
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature photographs of travels of MJ and wife Hui-chen, plus daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
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