Jul 19, 2009

永樂市場的(魚土)魠魚羹 - Fried Kingfish Soup

Small street vendors are one of the places you can find truly local, delicious Taiwanese food,
And 永樂市場 (Yun Le Market) is the area for authentic fried kingfish soup.

The small stand is located near the market I mentioned earlier and 迪化街 (Dee Hwa Street),
The market is famous for selling various fabrics since at least 80? years ago,
You get the point, it's a very old place.
As for Dee Hwa Street, it's famous for a wide assortment of snacks, Chinese medicine, and stuff people use during Chinese New Year.

Here is the picture of the owner and the store front-

Fried kingfish soup-

Basically the fish was prepared and pre-fried on the side,
After the customer placed the order, the vendor will chop up few pieces of the fish and then add into the gooey soup.

Fish meat close up-

You can add more black vinegar and chili paste per your preference,
There are no bones inside the fish, the vendor did a good job taking out all the nasty stuff.

Apparently they marinated the fish prior frying it, or they added some essence for the coating,
Maybe both,
But the fish is very fresh and the meat is semi-bouncy, not the flaky kind.
Give it a try sometimes, pretty good!
Around $1.75 U.S. per order.

Cindy's Rating: 7

Next to 永樂市場 (Yun Le Market) and 迪化街 (Dee Hua Street)
If you're around the area, just ask the residents for the exact location.


  1. Looks so good and fresh! I don't think I have had kingfish before. Was there any vegetable or noodle that was in the soup too?

  2. the proverbial fish gen.. cept not made with formed fish paste. Q: was the soup thickened w/ cornstarch? Looks like it, yes? (hence, 羹)

  3. To EatTravelEat~
    You can tell them that you want noodles in the soup.
    The vendor also put cabbage and scallion in it, refreshing!

    To SinoSoul~
    Yeah it was thickened with corn starch!

  4. ohohoh that s the one we went together right? i remember it was pretty hot that day too... and early in the morning... haha.. how come we are always doing things under the scary sun


  5. To Rach~
    Yeah that should be the one,
    BTW, no more outdoor activities when the sun is out!!
    Safe trip tomorrow!