The people who brought Artbox to Singapore is here with Taiwan's Shilin Night Market! Although the initial heat today was unbearably sweltering, Singaporeans still stayed on and even braved through the subsequent thunderous weather. Running for two weekends, the pop-up event features a range of food stalls, shops and performers all the way from Taiwan. One of the food stalls I've always wanted to try, but refused to even though it has outlets in Singapore and Hong Kong, is the Hot Star Large Fried Chicken. Unlike the permanent outlets in Singapore, the one at this event flew in their chickens all the way from Taiwan. For $5.20 per piece, they also serve it whole, which is actually how it's served in Taiwan, instead of cutting it up as we Singaporeans are used to. The queue for it saw more than an hour long of waiting, with umbrellas on one hand and sweat trickling down spines. Fortunately, our Spicy Large Fried Chicken didn't really disappoint us. For one, the chicken was very soft and juicy, much tenderer than Singapore outlets', apparently. Because they had to keep churning the chickens out to keep up with the crowd, ours was sizzling-hot and crispy. The skin was delightfully crackly and very generously seasoned with several types of seasoning powders. It was great, but I doubt I'll want to wait for more than an hour under the humid rain again. Apparently, it doesn't even take more than 10 minutes in Taiwan. Rating: 4.4/5
There were several of these vendors at the Raohe Street Night Market. Beef that's grilled and torched then seasoned. I saw them recommended on a few food lists, but wasn't going to get any initially. After passing so many, I gave in and got an order. There were different seasoning selections, which I forgot to take a photo of and only remember rose salt being one. I chose cumin seasoning on mine. The texture was tender, the flavor was good, but some of the pieces were oily and fatty. It was one of the pricier food selections at the night market. I think it was 100NT but I'm not positive.