Fall off the airplane, having magically teleported from Friday early afternoon to Saturday early evening due to the international date line, and make our way to the hotel via the convenient airport express hotel buses. Great deal for the equivalent of US$4!
Get sorted, then a few quick metro stops up the road to Shilin Night Market, the largest in Taipei. Perhaps the most touristy, but being my first time, I had no idea how it may have been a few years ago (pre-mainland Chinese-tourist invasion). As it was, we found some absurd lines for a (so-so) deep fried chicken steak and a few other items that didn't make any sense to American eyes.
Stinky tofu was excellent, all the rest of the food we had was so-so. A highly entertaining display of flame-grilled pork and beef was actually fairly chewy mediocre beef (the pork might've been better, but they wre sold out). Several noodle soups could've been better, although maybe it was a slow night? While crowded, we expected bigger crowds than this on a Saturday night.
Fried milk, corn dogs (!), more food-on-skewers, tiger prawns, and small crabs were also in abundance. Plus some deep fried bread-like things and a few other items I wasn't familiar with. A few game stalls (popping balloons with darts or pellet guns, etc.) and some goods/clothes stalls, too. Could've done a much more through exploration if we had the stomach space, but after a few disappointing food items, we were kind of meh on the experience.