17 Taipei Foods You Need to Try
Indulge your foodie senses with these tasty Taipei treats.
Beef Noodle Soup 牛肉麵 (Niu Rou Mian)
Vans pull up to vendors in the middle of the night for a suspicious exchange of…fresh beef. With no fridge life, Taiwanese beef soup literally comes “straight from the cow.”
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Dragon Ball 龍珠 (Long Zhu)
Fried squid mouths with a hint of spice. Fun fact: squid only have one hole…think about it.
Stinky Tofu ~in shop special~ 臭豆腐 (Chou Dou Fu)
What smells like poop, tastes like poop, but actually isn’t poop? Oh, right…
Wheel Cake/Wheel Pie 車輪餅 (Che Lun Bing)
Sweet fried dough filled with red beans or custard — best eaten standing in the middle of the street. (Example above)
Fu-long Lunch Box 福隆便當 (Fu Long Bian Dang)
Japanese bento box? No, this is Fu-long’s famous lunch box — get with the program
Stone Flower Jelly 石花凍 (Shi Hua Dong)
Top your lemonade/tea combo off with a glob of mystery jello!
Taiwanese Herb Tea 青草茶 (Qing Cao Cha)
Ever had a chocolate chip frappuchino? Well, this tastes like the last few swigs of it — trust me.
Mango Shaved Ice 剉冰 (Mang Guo Sha Bing)
No words. Just feelings. Try Smoothie House or Taro King in Yong Kang Street!
Grilled Squid 烤魷魚 (Kao You Yu)
With or without jiggling tentacles?
Taiwanese Taco (Koah-pau or Gua Bao) 刈包
Soft dough, glazed pork, fresh cabbage and shredded peanuts…so, basically heaven.
Braised Pork Rice 滷肉飯 (Lu Rou Fan)
Savoury, sweet, filling…no wonder this is one of Taiwan’s most famous dishes.
Try it out at Hu Tao Traditional Taiwanese Cuisine or Du Hsiao Yeuh in Yongkang Street!
Spicy Won Tons 紅油炒手 (Hong You Chao Shou)
Warning: The juicy, perfectly spiced wontons may result in an involuntary foodgasm.
Cha-Tung-Hui’s Bubble Tea (Cha Tang Hui Zhen Zhu Nai Cha)
Happy customers at a branch of Taiwan’s first bubble tea cafe and the best!
Taiwanese Burrito/Spring Roll 潤餅 (Run Bing)
Tortilla, ground peanuts, cilantro…and taro ice-cream? The conflicting elements combine for an unexpectedly delightful dessert.
Small Sausage in Large Sausage 大腸包小腸 (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang)
A small sausage placed inside of a larger one that’s actually skin covered rice…brilliant!
Oyster Pancake 蚵仔煎 (Ke Zai Jian)
Slimy yet satisfying
Pancake from Childhood 小時候的大餅 (Xiao Shi Hou De Da Bing)
Your choice of sweet filling stuck between two unforgiving thick pancakes.
Soup Dumplings 小籠湯包 (Xiaolongbao)
One doesn’t simply “eat” xiaolongbao. Dilute your tourist appearance — learn the technique (with Din Tai Fung’s handy how-to guide!)