The rectangle on the stick was the size of a popsicle and the color of red-velvet cake. Coated in peanut powder and rolled in cilantro, the delicacy wasn’t quite as gelatinous as I had expected—considering that I was eating congealed blood. Pig’s blood cake is but one of the traditional food items found in Taipei’s numerous night markets (Shilin is the largest), where tourists and locals alike roam stall-lined streets while vendors sell food and drinks, clothing, and souvenirs. Stinky tofu ...

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