We piled into Chocolate’s CRV at around 9pm and picked up Hannah on the way. Boabi, Chocolate, Hannah, Cameron and I were on our way to meet another foreigner, Bryan, at the Jhubei Night Market, a sprawling market in Hsinchu’s sister city of Jhubei.
First order of business: dinner. Boabi, Chocolate and I were starving, while the others claimed full stomachs. I asked Chocolate to order for me while I took some pictures.
Night markets are great for eating cheap, fast food, and it’s thrown together right there in front of you.
Once we finished our $3 dinners, we set out to shop, play games, and nosh on snacks in the meandering aisles of the market.
The six of us slowly made our way through throngs of people, occasionally stopping to buy or make fun of something. You have to be careful, though, because many Taiwanese know more English than you’d expect.
We snacked a bit on fried mushrooms, salted cherry tomatoes, steamed mussels, and some other treats.
We stumbled upon the victim midway through our evening. It was dirty and was being mistreated in front of our very eyes. Our first reaction was to gasp, eyes wide. Then we laughed and added to the harassment.
After eating and shopping, it was time to waste some money on carnival-esque games.
On our way out, we came across the ultimate drinking game: lift a bottle to standing position using a string and a metal ring. It frustrated Cam and Bryan to the point of cursing.
After a fun couple of hours, we headed home a little poorer, with full bellies and bags full of junk.