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Conveniently located near the MRT and plenty of retail shopping, Ruifeng Night Market is the most popular night market in Kaohsiung and definitely our favorite market in the city. Offering an array of classic Taiwanese night market staples, creative western creations, and some seriously fun carnival style games, it’s one of the best places to spend a night in Kaohsiung.
With such a dizzying amount of options to choose from, Taiwanese night markets can be a bit daunting the first time around. Here are our top picks at Ruifeng Night Market. You can see our choices for the Top 10 Taiwan Night Market Foods here.
Take the MRT Red Line to Kaohsiung Arena Station. Exit 1. Walk along Yucheng Road briefly, about 5 minutes, until you arrive at the night market on the right.
Address: 804, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Zuoying District, Yucheng Road, 南屏路
Hours: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. — Closed Monday + Wednesday
Definitely the most popular stand at Ruifeng Night Market and probably the most popular in all of Kaohsiung. Don’t believe me? Walk over and check out the TV above the ordering counter that shows clips of the famous chicken cutlets being featured on numerous TV shows and Youtube videos.
The good news? All that hype is warranted. Their fried chicken pieces are not simply massive pieces of chicken. They are also crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned. Speaking of seasoning, you can get the spicy seasoning option if you’re feeling brave.
Crispy, airy, and not overly sweet. These poppable little bites look like munchkins or Tim bits. Which is fitting, because I think they’re best described as tasting like the marriage of a delicious sweet potato fry and a donut.
These are an excellent night market food because they’re shareable, easy to walk with, and cheap. Plus they’re not too heavy so they work just as well as a first or last stop at the market. The stand is located right at the market entrance, making it dangerously easy to take a few for the road.
While the stand famous for selling these is located at Raohe Street Night Market in Taipei, I’m happy to report that these are just as delicious.
These buns look a lot like a simple sesame seed dinner roll. However, instead of bland nothingness, they’re filled with a succulent mixture of black pepper, minced pork, and scallions. Pepper pork buns are probably my favorite of all Taiwanese night market food.
I know, I know. Paella is not exactly Taiwanese food but stay with me here.
The only reason we stopped at this particular stand, other than the intoxicating aroma coming from the massive pan of simmering paella, was the equally large line in front of this tiny stall. We figured if it was good enough for crowds of Kaohsiung’s teens and twenty-somethings, it was good enough for us.
And we were handsomely rewarded for our decision. The paella was one of the best we’ve ever had.
In this classic Taiwan street food, the big sausage is made from sticky rice rather than meat. The larger sticky rice sausage cradles a smaller grilled Taiwanese pork sausage. This combo makes for a full meal you can hold in your hand. Topped with garlic, herbs, and pickled veggies, these sausages are almost like a Taiwanese version of the American hot dog. Just please don’t embarrass us ask for ketchup.
One of the things that I found most interesting about Ruifeng Night Market was that in addition to mouthwatering delicacies, there were a bunch of carnival games. Some of which I recognized, some that I definitely didn’t. But that didn’t stop me from trying.
By far the most popular game in the entire market was a game that I can only describe as bottle fishing. To put it simply, a bottle was placed on its side on a slightly elevated platform. Players are then given what looks like a stick with a string and a metal ring on the end. The goal of the game is to lift the bottle upright by catching the metal ring on it. Laugh if you want, but I’m just going to tell you now that it’s a lot harder than it looks.
Ruifeng Night Market is one of the most unique night markets I’ve seen throughout Asia. Have you seen a better one? Do you know the secret to winning that bottle game? Let us know!
…Especially if it’s about the bottle game. We’re awful.
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