Okay, I know there are many street food in Taiwan that I must have, but this one is one that I will not miss not matter, even if I am too busy I will get it at midnight! Another reason is there is a stall like this right below my Taiwanese friend’s the place where I usually stay when in Taipei.
First, these stalls are easy to find in any night market. For some, you don’t even need to be in a night market to find them. In other words they are everywhere. Even though the stall may say 盐酥鸡 (salted crispy chicken), it also sells 炸鸡排 (friend chicken chop) AND a variety of food from livers, chicken backside, squids, tofu and including vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, sweet corn and even cucumbers! Everything that you order is thrown into the deep fryer and then season with salt and pepper and chili powder. The recipe is so simply and yet the combination is so potently delicious that I wondered why no one is selling this in Singapore! Actually there are some shops doing that here, but they are mostly only mushrooms and pre-fried, totally not worth your while.
In all honesty, this is a weight-watcher’s nightmare, but my guilt is somewhat lessen by the fact that I can order vegetables instead the crispy chicken or chicken chop which is coated in flour. Next time you are in Taipei, just walk up to on of these shops, pick some stuff and try it. Fried vegetables never tasted any better than this! Note, you don’t have to pick all of them, just one piece of what you want and the stall owner will top up your choice to the correct weight.
Sorry for the bad photo, but you can see in here that I have order broccoli, one stick of chicken back side, fried chicken skin and green chili. Yum!!