Night market is an unfamiliar concept in the West.
In Canada, stores close very early. You can’t even shop after work.
In Asia, most people go to a night market not for shopping but for eating. This is especially true in Taiwan. At some large night markets there, you can also find all kind of games to play. Very often, there is a Chinese temple somewhere in the night market and people can go to bai-bai. Night market is a great place to hang out.
NAAAP(North American Association of Asian Professionals) and T&T supermarket has brought a night market to downtown Toronto this weekend following NAAAP’s successful Night It Up! night market in Markham earlier this summer.
There are dozens of vendor booths selling mostly food from around the world, mostly Asian cuisine. There are bands and groups sing or dance at two stages.
Tornado Potato, which originated in South Africa, is said to be very popular in Korea now. It is one of the most popular food at the night market.
Stinky Tofu has always been the most popular food at almost any night market. It has a stinky smell when it’s not cooked. After being deep fried, it has an appealing aroma and taste for most native Chinese. However, most non-Chinese especially those who have never tried it would still hate that smell.
Stinky tofu is made and consumed in different ways in various areas of China. But it gets famous overseas really because of night markets in Taiwan.
Stinky tofu is a main staple in every night market throughout Taiwan. Many Asian tourists even pay special visits to a village near Taipei Zoo that’s famous for making stinky tofu.
There is an auto show at the night market as well.