Taiwan the Food Heaven:15 Must Try Food in Taiwan + Travelling GuideTuesday, March 24, 2015
As a avid foodie lover (look at my body size and amount of food pictures in my Instagram), I shall go with the food escapes in Taiwan (since I am allowed to only pick one theme!)!!! It’s Time to Eat!!!!!!!! Chiak Chiak !!!
Many of the street food found in Taiwan can be found in various places in mainland China but it can be hard to get all of them under one roof at a affordable price which you can now, by having it all in Taiwan. Question is Do you have what it takes to taste them all??
Taiwan is famous with street food or snack that are set up in a small stall akin to the night market we have here in Malaysia. Well probably if you are from countries from West side, you might not seen the night market scene. Imagine a street filled with small stores where vendor sell various food and snacks. These stall are usually family owned, passed down from generation to generation and operate in a very basic metal stall. Some stalls that had made it to the top sellers, may have upgrade their stall to brick and mortar. You can just buy and eat on the go or can opt to take a seat at a table nearby after you done picking your snacks. Most of the food are in bite size and not really a full meal so you can buy a various food in small portion comes in a pack or stick and enjoy a various kinds of flavours that Taiwan has to offer.
The list of food to try out in Taiwan is ginormous and I doubt I could finish all in one trip! The food can be categorised in 3 main type street food, dessert and regional specialties. For this post, I will list down 15 must try food in Taiwan which I personally think that you must try.
I will be hunting this down if I were to win this awesome trip to Taiwan. Even if I don't win I will be sure to step into Taiwan one day!!!!!!!! Let's go for a treat in Taiwan now!!
Okay I am imagining myself in Taiwan already as I saw this poster in one of the mall and I actually walk through the taiwan food street in Jurong Point, Singapore and grab a few snack to eat!!!!!!!!!!
Here is the map of all the food I introduced in this post for your easy reference.
I am a huge fan of Taiwanese pork sausages. Made from chunks of pork fat and chopped pork, with clobs of glistening pork fat make these sausages especially moist and flavourful. These Sausages are usually grilled and served on a stick for your biting pleasure while on the go. The sweetness that kicks in as I bite the outer crispy skin through the springy pork meat stuff underneath were unforgettably delicious. Many said the one in Taiwan taste so much better than the one we had here. It get more interesting as you can get upgraded version of this sausage in Taiwan.
Dachang Bao Xiaochang, 大腸包小腸) can be translate into English as a big sausage wrap small sausage. It’s pretty similar to a hotdog bun but i this case the glutinous rice become the bun and made into a sausage shape and then being slit open to stuff in the pork sausage. This will surely give you a burst of flavour and texture!!!
- Fengjia Night Market, Taichung County
- Shilin Night Market, Taipei
This dish is quite common in Malaysia, we can get this is most kopitiam (Chinese food stall) and it's a famous dish in Penang too. This dish is will got you struck with burst of oyster juiciness!! If you like oyster and egg this is a must go food in Taiwan, it warm up your tummy well. Look for those stall with fresh oyster on display as they make the best oyster omelette.
- Lai's Egg Oyster Omelette (賴記雞蛋蚵仔煎), Ningxia Road Night Market
- Yun Le Market, Tainan
- Yumin Street Night Market, Banqiao
- Haipu Oyster Omelette, No. 86, Zìyóu St, Hualien City
After introducing some common food we can find in Malaysia what about we go into some unique food? Tian Bu La, a funny name which is a Taiwan version of the the famous Japan Oden. Made from fish paste that is moulded into different shape and sizes, deep-fried, then boiled in a broth. These solid fish paste will be eaten with a coat of brown sauce. For extra flavour, ask for broth from the vendor and add into the bowl with the remaining brown sauce and enjoy it to the fullness! Ahhhh.. I feel like drinking the soup now as i am typing… It’s raining cat and dog here at the moment.
where to get?
- Simon Tian Bu La (賽門甜不辣), 95 Xining South Road, Wanhua District,
- Yi Fan Tian Bu La, Shi Lin Night Market
This is another interesting bun that you will never get in Malaysia (I think). I always love pepper in my food and I think this must be hell good of a bun! Pork with strong pepper flavour is the perfect combination. The bun made from fresh pork, marinated in a unique sauce which give a delicious rich and juicy pork flavour. The pork filling is filled with plenty of green onions and is baked on a wall of clay oven and has sesame sprinkled on giving a crispy finishing skin and piping hot filling.
- Raohe night market, north end of Kee Lung Road, Taipei
When I first hear about this, I was like what? Coffin Board?? What a peculiar name… As the name suggest, a hole is dig from the thick toast just resemble a coffin opening. The thick toast is then deep fried and right after it is filled with various fillings like chicken, pork,beef, shrimp and vegetable.You gotta eat this fast unless you want a soggy toast.
- Shihlin Market
Reading the name of this exploding chicken roll excites me!!!!! I can imagine the juicy chicken essence burst in my mouth on first bite. Most the time I burn my tongue having similar snack like this but it feels satisfying to me!! Found this blog, that said she literally fell in love with it the first bite and buy one on every market she went after that. WOW it became an addiction. It made up of a chicken skip wrap over chunks of chicken and grilled to perfection giving a very crispy and juicy bite. You can opt to add more flavour onto the chicken roll like salt & pepper, lemon salt, wasabi etc.
where to get?
Ermmm have you not had enough of juicy affair?? Xiao Long Bao is a mini steam dumpling made into bun shape with thin skin contain sweet broth and minced meat (pork or chicken) or seafood. Originally from Eastern China but Din Tai Fung, Taiwan made this Xiao Long Bao reach out the world and was awarded with one Michelin Star and ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times, the original Din Tai Feng can be found at Yong Kang Street.
Apparently I found another blog mentioned that the one in Su Hung Restaurant (info can be found at the link below) rival the one in Din Tai Fung so you might want to give it a try. It’s also cheaper and no queue at all.
You can also get another chewier and thicker Xiao Long Bao version at Yung Ho stall, just like the char siew bao (steam caramelised pork bun)
- Din Tai Fung (Taipei 101)
- Din Tai Fung, Yong Kang Street
- Su Hung Restaurant
- Yung Ho, Zhong Zheng Road, Shilin District
8. Mee Suah
Do you have a craving over thick smooth starchy concoction of gravy over noodles?? I do and I crave for mee suah all the time especially on rainy weather. The fine and smooth vermicelli is cooked for hours until it turn into tan brown starchy soup. Then oyster or pig intestine will be added along with coriander and pepper for extra aroma and flavour. You can also add vinegar to give extra kick to your bowl of mee suah. According to Google best mee suah can be found at Ximending’s Emei Street 西门丁 or Shida Night Market 师大夜市.
- Ximending’s Emei Street
- Shida Night Market
I bet you have tried this by now? This is a famous snack of mine!! It’s has a very unique kick of flavour from the huge chicken chop, as huge as my face. The skin is filled with battered and then shimmered with five spice powder and pepper and for extra hot option add some chilli powder. Every bite filled crispy skin and juicy chicken meat. This is a favourite dish for all age!! Go to Hot-star for the original oversized chicken cutlet. The very famous Hot Star stall now has franchise stall around the world.
Where to get?
- Hot-star Large Fried Chicken (豪大大雞扒), Shilin Night Market, Jīhé Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City
Came across this unique gua bao, a Taiwan version of Hamburger. The Tiger-Striped chicken gua bao is a elevated version of the common pork belly gua bao in Taiwan. The true gua bao, a fluffy steam bun which is usually used to sandwich tender braised pork belly pickled mustard greens, fresh cilantro, and powdered peanuts. Now isn’t the original version of gua bao a bombastic combo already? Old New Restaurant in Kaohsiung transform the bun by using pumpkin and edible charcoal powder to create yellow-and-black striped bun, then fills it with deep-fried and braised chicken fillets in soy sauce and tomato sauce. Tadaaaa a whole new guo bao with sweet and sour flavour totally different from its ancestor.
Where to get?
- Old New Restaurant (老新台菜), 227 Jiuru 2nd 3077 Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung; +886 7 313 3077
There you go 10 top savoury food that are in my food to explore list in Taiwan. Seriously, I want to write more but this post will get way to lengthy! So I put a stop for savoury food and shall move on to dessert heaven now.
This is like top of the list of must try dessert/ snack when ever I read article about Taiwan. I am a fan of pineapple tart but a pineapple cake? I have never try before, apparently Taiwan uses a different name. It is actually same thing like pineapple tart but in brick shape. I can imagine how delightful to indulge in the crumbly crust holding the tangy pineapple jam filling. Great to go with a cup of tea. This is most raved snack among tourist and this must be a hell good of cake to get such hype.
link as the author compile 8 different pineapple cake maker and also explain in detail the differences in flavour and texture on each of them.
where to get?
- Sunny Hill, Minshen East Road 1F
- Chia Te, 5 Nanjing East Road
- Dawn Cake
- My Sense One, No. 6 Lane 361 Fuxing North Road
- Wu Pao Chun, No.88,Yanchang Rd., Xinyi Dist
- Vigor Kobo, No. 27 Section 3 Cheng De Road
- Amo, 1F, No.140, Sec. 1, Fuxing S. Rd. Da'an Dist
In my country, Malaysia we have our own version of shaved ice, ABC with syrup or brown sugar coating of shaved ice burying red beans, sweet corns, grass jelly, peanut and other condiments underneath. Off course we do have those that comes with fruit combo too just like those in Taiwan. However, according to my source from Google, Taiwan shaved ice is much much better than the one in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea. The most famous flavour is mango, you get a generous amount of mango cubes & puree atop the smooth and fine shaved ice. Sometime, a vanilla ice cream will be added on top to give more flavour and dimension. Perfect for humid and hot weather during summer time in Taiwan. The mango cubes is amazingly fresh and sweet which is something I don’t get to have in my home country.
- Yong Kang 15 (永康15), 15 Yong-kang St., Taipei City; +886 2 2321 3367;
- For classics go to Tai Yi Milk King (臺一牛奶大王), 82 Xin Sheng South Road, Section 3; +886 2 2363 4341
Anything with peanut and taro will sure attract me to dig out my money and buy it for myself… Any of you love to eat peanut and taro like I do? You must try this out!!!!!! This Peanut Ice Cream Roll would fulfil your craving on peanut and taro. This spring roll will be top with grounded peanut candy, maltose, celery and two scoop of taro ice cream added on top before wrapping it around.
- Jiu Fen Old Street
Alright before we get started, no "OX" is used in the process, hence it is safe to consume without "Fear Factor" challenge in mind as it’s named after the shape (Yeah, it looked like a long piece of tongue slab of the OX and there is no OX meat at all).
slightly crusty on the exterior and fluffy on the soft center. I guess you can equate it to a Chinese doughnut of some sort without a hole and more crusty. These little pastries is available at Lukang Old Street and I was delightfully surprised that it is a pastry. Definitely try one of these when you see them, mostly at old streets.
where to get?
- Zhongshan Road, Lukang Old Street
Now what better way to serve pastry with? Yes, you can opt for tea if you are tea lover. You should go try some of their tea or buy some as souvenir. Well it’s a better option than key chain right? It's also a great way to bring Taiwan back to your home country and let your family and friends to have a taste of Taiwan. I found a blog that list down all the types of tea based on districts. Now how cool is that.. WOW! There is too many types of tea which I guess you have to Google for individual flavour of the tea to find out how it taste. I'm looking forward to try out the Oriental Beauty Tea, Sun Moon Black Tea, Ta Fung Tea and many more…
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The food choice and variety is crazy in Taiwan… All I can imagine is eat, eat, eat and eat…. Before I go for my Taiwan trip I have to diet so that there is space for this amount of food!!!! Are you drooling over the food after reading and seeing all those delicious photos?? I feel so hungry now!! Can I fly over to Taiwan now?
Before I end this post, remember I talk about there is too many reason for me to visit Taiwan? but I cant put all of them here.. I just love to highlight some of the key reasons....Taiwan is also a shopping heaven for men and women... Not just for us girls only for your boyfie too!!! Let me list a few places for shopping and I will link the website which I find quite useful for your reference.
- Wu Fen Pu,Songshan Station for clothings. ** Do not go on Mondays and Fridays coz that is when they take a stock check and only sell to distributors
- Xi Men Ding, Harajuku of Taiwan for clothings.
- Shida Night Market, some cheap and not so cheap clothing. Usually filled with college students.
- Little Three, Paris Strawberry, 86 Shop for all your beauty supplies (mask, skincare, cosmetic)
- NOVA Building, acrossTaipei Main Railway Station. Electronics (phones, laptop computers, electronic dictionaries, computer accessories, MP3 players) at bargain prices.
- Camera Street, BoAi Street near Taipei Main Station. Get your photography equipment here.
- Guang Hwa Electronic Mall like Nova but much bigger and has a lot more stuff.
- Taiwan guide to shopping in Taipei
- Shopping Wufungpu Taipei Taiwan/
- The shopping guide Taipei/
- Taiwan beauty shopping inTaipeis
- Taiwan beauty haul
- Shopping for electronics and toys in Taipei/
For more info you can refer to below link too: