No.168, Wufeng N. Rd., East Dist., Chiayi City 600, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Having operated since the Japanese rule, East Market bills itself as the oldest traditional market in Chiayi, where a significant number of historic eateries and food stalls have been around for two generations of owners. Many locals grow up having these delicacies. They find a deep connection through food and the memory of generations that have gone before.
A highlight of the East Market is Wang’s Ancestral Local Beef Offal Soup, whose claim to fame is that they only use beef from cows that have been slaughtered that morning, making the beef incredibly tender and fresh. This no-frills eatery opens its door at 6 a.m. to provide salivating carnivores with the freshest beef imaginable. For those city-dwellers who like their meat straight from the cow, it’s worth getting up early for. Other local gems include crispy sparerib soup, rice tube pudding, spring rolls, starfruit ice, and many more. Come on an empty stomach. You have been warned!