Another day, another jam-packed food festival in Williamsburg. Last Friday night, the third Annual Taiwanese Night Market was held at the Villain, a party venue at 50 N. 3rd St. The event, sponsored by TAP-NY (Taiwanese American Professionals) was designed to promote all things Taiwanese—beer, travel, and of course, the street food for which the island is renowned.
Festive paper lanterns and Christmas lights adorned the industrial space. We got to sample Stinky Tofu from Outerborough (Queens), macarons from Macaron Parlor (East Village) and more macarons and sweets from Sweet Pleasure, dumplings and hot and sour soup from Ah Pou (Grandma) Dumplings, dim sum from Nam Wah Tea Parlour (Chinatown), Popcorn Chicken from Taiken Chicken, Lion’s Head meatballs from Zai Lai Chinese Grille along with candied tomatoes from TKettle, and bubble tea from ThirsTea.
The standouts for me were: Wooly Ice, silky shaved ice with fresh fruit, crumbled cookies with a douse of sweet condensed milk, it was not too sweet and refreshingly light; the Popcorn chicken was savory and super crunchy sprinkled with a lively dash of hot pepper; and the exotic flavored macarons from both vendors were delightful. I was particularly fascinated with the candied cherry tomatoes, something I‘ve never had before. It was sweet and crunchy on the outside, and when you bit into it you let loose a burst of spring. The place was very crowded by 8:15, so my bff and I left to make room for other hungry guests. It was a delicious start to another frenzied food fest season.