10 Fear-Factor-Worthy Food You Cannot Miss in Taiwan

Bizarre food in Taiwan

As a holiday destination, Taipei is mostly known as a haven for foodies. With street food and exotic fare galore, it’s easy to see why. Take a walk on the wild side and put these bizarre eats–think morbid animal parts and stinky rotten fare–on your bucket list. It’ll make your Taipei trip that much memorable. And hey, you’ll score some Fear Factor-esque bragging rights.

1. Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu Taiwan

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This deep-fried tofu got its typical stench from being fermented in a brine of milk, vegetables, and meat. Usually sold in night markets all over Taipei, stinky tofu is typically served with pickled vegetables and a chili sauce. Try it at the Raohe or Shilin Night Market to get a full-experience.

Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City

Nearest Train Station: Songshan Railway Station

2. Iron Eggs

Iron Eggs Taiwan

Usually made by stewing chicken or quail eggs in a mix of spices and then air-dried, iron eggs are brown, chewy, and choc-full of egg flavor. Buy them in sealed packs at Ah Po Tie Dan which is the oldest and most popular brand there is.

Address: 135-1 Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui district

Nearest Train Station: Tamsui Train Station

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3. Black Chicken

Black Chicken Taiwan

This black-boned chicken, called a silkie chicken, is coveted for its medicinal value because of the high level of antioxidants supposedly present in its meat. Gamier in flavor than a typical chicken, it’s usually served as a deeply flavored and aromatic soup.

Address: No. 14, Shuangcheng St., Zhongshan Dist, Taipei

Nearest Train Station: Zhongshan Station

4. Duck Tongue

Duck Tongue Taiwan

Braised and served with sesame oil or deep fried on a stick, duck tongues are tasty, tender, and melt in your mouth. Best place to try it is at Lao Tian Lu, and there’s always a queue to prove it.

Address: No. 55, Sec. 2, Wuchang St., Wanhua Dist., Ximending, Taipei

Nearest Train Station: Wanhua Station

5. Pig’s Blood Cake

Pig Blood Cake Taiwan

Made from a mixture of sticky rice and pig’s blood that’s bathed in a soy dressing and rolled in peanut flour, it’s actually a very delightful street eat. Serious Eats calls it a hybrid between a rice cake and mochi and definitely a must-try.

Address: No.187, Sec. 3, Tingzhou Rd., Zhongzheng Dist, Taipei

Nearest Train Station: Zhongshan Station

6. Asparagus Juice

Asparagus Juice Taiwan

We’ve all heard of tomato juice but I’m sure asparagus is a first. Popular in Taipei and found in local convenience stores and vending machines, asparagus is prized for its supposed health benefits.

Address: Various Convenience Store locations

Nearest Train Station: Various Convenience Store locations

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7. Penis-Shaped Waffles

Penis Waffles Taiwan

Eye-catching would be one way to describe this unique treat from the night markets of Shilin. Phallic-shaped and is served coated with either chocolate or green tea, consuming it is sure to be a memorable experience to say the least.

Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City

Nearest Train Station: Jiantan Station

8. Chicken Feet

Chicken Feet Taiwan

It may look unappetizing with its grotesque form but it takes on a whole lot of flavor! With very little meat, chicken feet is mostly skin and tendon, hence its gelatinous mouth-feel. Usually simmered in a bunch of spices, it’s packed with flavor and is a must-try–if you can get over how it looks.

Address: No. 55, Sec. 2, Wuchang St., Wanhua Dist., Ximending, Taipei

Nearest Train Station: Wanhua Station

9. Cock Comb

Cock's Comb Taiwan

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Think chicken feet is grotesque? Well, the cock comb is up that alley. Slightly rubbery on the outside and chewy and gooey on the inside, it’s usually basted in barbeque sauce and grilled in night markets.

Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City

Nearest Train Station: Jiantan Station

10. Century Eggs

Century Egg

Chicken or duck egg preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several months (no, not a century) is a usual addition to rice porridge. With a black translucent “egg white” and greenish and creamy “yolk,” century eggs have an earthy, if not musky flavor that’s usually an acquired taste. Get them vacuum sealed and in bulk in local groceries and share the fright home to your friends..

Address: Various Grocery Store locations

Nearest Train Station: Various Grocery Store locations

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Up for the challenge?

Find out the best way to travel around Taiwan by checking out our 3 Day THSR and 5 Day Joint Train Pass guides!

And remember to Tripsle yourself a pocket WiFi and Insta-story your adventure as you conquer one food at a time, because as they say, “pictures, or it didn’t happen!”

Extra Tip: Have your luggages delivered straight to your hotel from the airport so you can immediately hop on to your first food stop!

Tripsle me to Taiwan!