There were 3 ‘best things about Kenting’.
1. You could hire a bicycle and cycle the Kenting coast very easily and for less than a fiver a day.
2. It was easy to rent a scooter and drive the whole south coast of Taiwan and back in a few hours, including stops offs.
3. The Kenting Night Market was the best I’ve ever been to.
For $50-100TWD / £1-2 you could try a whole range of Taiwanese cuisine in one go. The Kenting Youth Hostel where I was staying overlooked the market and just sitting in the lounge area you could smell the delicious fishy, meat aromas working their way up the stairs.
There were 100s of stalls and 1000s of dishes to choose from, it was incredible.
As with all street markets some of the food looked totally grim. Pigs knuckles were spit roasted, sea cucumbers laid out in all their slippery glory, baked potatoes ruined with some sort of cheesy slime and anything that was left lying around on the seabed had been completely battered.
What I enjoyed
During the four nights I ate there I enjoyed banana pancakes, oysters, gyoza, fruit smoothies, Taiwan-style chocolate cake, sausages, swirled crisps and a selection of chopped fruit for just a few pounds.
A few fails I didn’t
- Deep fried Oreos (had to be done, not as good as they sound)
- Corn dog (the queue told me they’d be something special, they weren’t)
- Diced steak (pure grease)
I’m not touching that
Among the more unusual items there were black squid ink sausages, pork scratchings in a variety of flavours, a whole stall selling every part of a duck including the deep fried head, beak still on and a range of pickled chicken feet.
The Kenting Night Market starts from around 6pm and goes till 11pm. Plenty of time for you to gorge on everything.
(Even the sea cucumbers?)