Songshan Fu De Temple & Raohe Night Market

Another night, another market. There are enough night markets in Taipei to visit a different one each evening and still have a few to spare. Tonight, I visited the Raohe Night Market which is next to the Songshan Fu De Temple and across the street from exit #5 of the Songshan MRT Station.

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The Songshan Fu De Temple is a particularly beautiful place to visit. There is no admission fee and tourists are permitted to walk freely around the premises. There are stairs at the rear of the temple that allow access to three levels of the building.

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Songshan Fu De Temple
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Decorative ceiling

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The entrance to the night market is next to the temple, and can’t be missed.

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Entrance to Raohe Night Market

Before going through the gate into the market, I saw a stand selling black pepper buns – a popular Taiwanese food that I hadn’t tried yet. There was a line waiting to buy the buns, so I joined the line. The buns are made by placing a pork mixture and some green onions inside a ball of dough. The dough ball is then placed on the inside of a small oven to bake.

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Black pepper bun stall
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Assorted baked goods at the bun stall

Above video clip: Making black pepper buns

Having eaten my black pepper bun, I walked under the gate into the market proper and then saw another black pepper bun stall with a much longer line. This one was clearly the most popular of the two stalls. Wondering whether there was a difference, I joined that line and bought one of their buns. I must say that the second bun was better than the first. The outer bread crust was much crisper and the bun itself was larger. Very nice!

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Long, winding queue for the second bun stand
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Making Black Pepper Buns

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Buns in the oven

Above video clip: Black Pepper Buns being made at the second stand

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Nougat for sale
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Tropical fish for sale
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Angelfish and Platies
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‘Painted’ tetras
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Balloon Mollies
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Lake Malawi cichlids
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Neon Tetras
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Little girl catches feeder goldfish
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Musical instrument stall

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Roasted chestnuts

There were several stalls where fortunes could be told. Some of the fortune tellers used birds to select cards from a box, and therefore ‘tell the fortune’ of the customers. Another uses small turtles and a board. It seems that fortune telling is a popular business.

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Fortune telling birds

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Fortune telling turtles
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Fortune teller with his birds
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Fortune teller in action
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Another fish dealer  – guppies
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Fancy goldfish – a Bettas in the cups on the tray
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Barbecued Steak

Above video clip: Barbecuing steak with a butane torch

 

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Offal
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Candy – including some in ‘light bulb’ bottles
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Gate at the opposite end of the market
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Seafood
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Ecargot and abalone

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Sugar cane juice
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Durian flavoured lollipops

 

Above video clip: Seven minutes of the sights and sounds of Raohe Night Market

 

I found the Raohe Night Market to be very interesting. It is smaller than the Shilin Market, but larger than the Ningxia Market. It has a nice variety of stalls with some features that I haven’t seen at other markets, such as tropical fish sellers and fortune tellers. Definitely worth a visit – and don’t forget to try the Black Pepper Buns.

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