Last night we attempted the popular and touristy Liuhe Night Market. On a Saturday night. Really not a good idea.
I generally love night markets because it is really just a street or area with one food stall after another. So dinner ends up being an eating progressive. An order of this or that from each food stall that catches your eye as you make your way down the street. And Liuhe has EVERYTHING. It has many foods that I won’t eat – like stinky tofu or BBQ’d animal organs, but it also has lots that I love to eat! Deep-fried oyster mushrooms, zhongzi (sticky rice), dumplings, green onion pancakes, noodles, papaya milk (Mike’s favorite), etc. You have to remember to pace yourself though because it’s a long street and there’s always something else you’d like to try just a few stalls down.
It began okay because we arrived a little early (around 6pm), but after our first stop at a shao long bao (dumplings) stall, the street became increasingly crowded. On top of that, throw in a section of the street that allows mopeds to drive through and it’s complete chaos.
Still, we made it about halfway down the night market before the crowd of people just became too much for Jennica…and Mike.
Afterward the husbands (my cousin, Mike, and Greg) took the kids back to our apartment while the wives went out for night shopping, more eating, and foot massages. Thanks guys!