Shenkeng 深坑 is Taiwan's tofu town and some experts claim, that the sleepy little town near Taipei is the world's tofu capital. Tofu is seen and felt all over Shenkeng: Every business is related to tofu, every lane smells like tofu and on every corner someone is cooking or eating tofu. You think I kid you, but I kid you not.
Shenkeng has a well preserved old street from Japanese times, that is plastered with tofu shops. It's a fairly narrow and not always "old" street, that's also undergoing renovation in many parts. It is however very lovely and I recommend you a stroll on a Sunday afternoon (if you love crowds) or during the week (if you prefer solitude). The little town and its famous street are very crowded during the weekend, so you better be prepared for Taiwanese tofu gourmets standing in long lines to try some of the famous fried tofus there. I highly recommend you to try the barbecue tofu skewer 烤臭豆腐 and the tofu ice cream 豆腐冰淇淋, the first one a delicious street food experience, the second one a uniquely tasty dessert. To reach Shenkeng, the easiest way is to exit at Taipei Zoo MRT Station and then take a cab - the village is nearby. There are also buses heading in the direction (check a map of Shenkeng here).
Let me share some photos of my Shenkeng visit in 2011:
One thing is sure: If you ever come to Shenkeng, be sure you are an enthusiastic fan of this:
Tofu-bonus: Here are my top 3 Shenkeng tofu dishes, a must try for every Shenkeng visitor:
1 Barbecue tofu skewer 烤臭豆腐
2 Tofu pudding 豆腐布丁
3 Tofu ice cream 豆腐冰淇淋
More about Tofu in Taiwan here>>
[TAIWAN TRAVEL][All photos by MKL, 2011]