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Top 23 Popular Foods Must Try In Taiwan

Friday, September 10, 2021

Taiwan’s cuisine is rich in variety, and Taipei’s night market is prosperous with more than 1,000 cuisines. Many people go sightseeing in Taiwan who have to taste Taiwan’s famous dishes. So, what are the Taiwanese dishes? The snacks that best reflect the characteristics of Taiwan’s diet are: fried oysters, braised pork rice, Dingbian file, large intestines wrapped in small intestines, A Zong noodles, Changhua meatballs, Taiwan beef noodles and so on.

1. Braised pork rice (Lu Rou Fan - 卤肉饭)

It is said that only Taiwanese in the world can make braised pork rice with a unique flavor. Taiwanese braised pork rice, the braised pork is juicy, plump and not greasy. The crystal-clear and plump rice absorbs the essence of the marinade and is rich in fragrance. Coupled with the crispy and delicious pickled pickles, the sweet and salty taste is really hard to refuse.

2. Beef Noodle Soup (Hong Shao Niu Rou Mian -  红烧牛肉面 )

Taiwan is known as the kingdom of beef noodles. Beef noodle shops can be found everywhere in the streets and alleys. Taiwan’s beef noodles combine the essence of cuisines from all over the world to form their own unique characteristics. In fact, the capture of the food's mouth also makes tourists come to Taiwan if they don't eat a bowl of beef noodles, it seems to be a bit more regretful.

3. Oyster Omelette - 蚝煎]

Oyster omelette is a familiar snack for many mainland tourists. According to folk rumors, Zheng Chenggong defeated the Dutch army. The Dutch army hid all the rice in a rage. Zheng Jun simply took the local specialties and then mixed Taiwanese specialties with oysters and sweet potato flour to make pancakes to eat, unexpectedly passed down to later generations, and became a popular snack in Taiwan.

4. Pearl milk tea - 珍珠奶茶

Pearl milk tea is a well-known representative of Taiwan's beverage industry, and it is said that it originated in the famous Chun Shui Tang in Taichung. In the early days, Chun Shui Tang used a shaker to make tea and shook out the foam of the tea, invented bubble black tea, and later added pearl-like powder circles, so Pearl Milk Tea was born. The fragrant milk tea meets the pearls of the Q bomb, quenching thirst and chewy, and soon became popular throughout Taiwan and even the world.

5. Milkfish - 遮目鱼

Milkfish is a common edible fish in Taiwan. It is nutritious and affordable. It can be eaten in a variety of ways: Pan fried milkfish, milkfish skin soup, braised milkfish belly in soy sauce, etc. are all popular delicacies, major night markets, or Taiwanese cuisine restaurants. Tainan also has the only "Sabafish Milkfish Theme Museum" in Taiwan, which is interesting and delicious.

6. Du Xiaoyue Danzi Noodle -  度小月担仔面

Du xiaoyue danzi noodles are a very tasting noodle dish. According to legend, the fisherman took the burden to sell noodles on the streets to make ends meet, in order to spend the off-season fishing, so he named Du Xiaoyue. The signature Danzi noodles are carefully stewed with minced pork and prawn head broth with a century-old secret recipe and topped with noodles. The essence of the small bowl is full. The noodles are chewy and tender yet still soft to the touch, broth is flavorful. 

7. Pan-Fried Pork Buns (Sheng Jian Bao - 生煎包)

Shengjianbao is a very famous snack in Shanghai and Zhejiang. It has a crispy outer skin, full meat filling and rich gravy, which is very popular among diners. Taiwan's pan-fried buns are made in accordance with the ancient method and sold now, and they are also loved by foodies.

8. Steamed Pork Belly Buns (Gua Bao - 刈包)

Gua Bao originated from Fuzhou. Fold the oblong flat dough wrapper in half to cover the stuffing. The traditional stuffing is usually nothing more than flaky pork belly, sauerkraut, peanut powder and coriander. There are also lean meat instead of pork belly for health reasons. Because of its shape and filling, it is also called "虎咬豬" in Taiwan.

9. Iron Eggs - 鐵蛋

Iron eggs is one of the famous snacks in Danshui. The store puts selected eggs or bird eggs in a secret brine for three hours every day, and then naturally dried in the shade, which lasts for a week to complete. The iron egg made in this way is black, hard and chewy, and friends with good teeth must try it.

10. Pineapple Cake ( Feng Li Su - 鳳梨酥)

Pineapple cake is the most popular souvenir in Taiwan. Tourists who come to Taiwan do not taste a bite or take a bit of it home. They always feel that something is missing. The meringue of Taiwan's pineapple pastry is full of milky fragrance. There are two main types of filling. One is the traditional filling, which is made with pineapple and honeydew melon. The taste will not be too sour. The other is pineapple cake, only pineapple, the taste will be slightly sour.

11. Meatball (Ba Wan - 貢丸)

Meatballs are one of the Three Treasures of Changhua. Generally, the best sweet potato powder or sweet potato powder is used to make a soft and elastic outer skin. It is covered with pork cubes and mixed with bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Well, top it with the special sauce, bite it down, sweet and meaty, very Taiwanese flavor.

12. Fried chicken


Fried chicken delicacies can be seen everywhere in Taiwan’s major night markets, streets and alleys, and market alleys. In the beginning, it was the store owner who cut chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and chicken chops with flour and fried them in a pan to avoid waste. The salty and crispy smell of the fried chicken makes people from eight thousand miles away can't help but smell it. Therefore, it is quite popular among the public.

13. Scallion Pancake (Cong You Bing - 蔥油餅)

Scallion pancakes are a common street snack. The most distinctive feature of Taiwan's scallion pancakes is the fried egg pancakes in Hualien. It is different from ordinary scallion pancakes in that the golden and crispy crust is wrapped with half-boiled eggs, which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. , You will have a bursting taste after one bite, and the taste of warm egg liquid blooming in your mouth is invincible, and it will be more delicious if you add hot sauce!

14. Oyster vermicelli (Orh Ah Mee Sua - 台湾蚵仔面线)

Oyster noodles is a very characteristic snack in Taiwan. The quality of a bowl of oyster noodles depends on the size and freshness of the oysters, and whether the large intestines are marinated. The noodles are also hand-made. The soup made with big bones or bonito fish is more delicious and healthy. After seasoning, the delicious oyster noodles are guaranteed to have an endless aftertaste.

15. Stinky Tofu

The taste of stinky tofu is divided into two polarized evaluations. Although it smells stinky, it tastes fragrant. Friends who like this taste can’t stop, but those who are not used to it can’t. In addition to the tofu itself, Taiwan's stinky tofu will also be paired with kimchi, shiitake and other ingredients to form a unique flavor.

16. Frozen Baked Sweet Potato - 冰烤地瓜

Sweet potatoes are a common snacks. There are many delicacies made from sweet potatoes in Taiwan, from Hualien, the most distinctive potato in Hualien, to the popular frozen baked sweet potato in Tainan, each with its own characteristics. After the sweet potatoes are ground into flour, the taro balls, sweet potato ice cream, meatballs, oyster pan-fried, and roasted sweet potato are made as raw materials. They are delicious and healthy. Those who like it may wish to try it.

17. Mango shaved ice

Taiwan’s specialty ice products are spread all over the world. Mango shaved ice is typically made by shaving mango-flavored ice into a bowl and serving the ice shavings with fresh mango cubes and condensed milk. Enjoyed both in summer and winter, this dessert typically has a smooth and melt-in-your-mouth texture and is defined by a fresh, fruity flavor with a mild sweetness.

18. Pepper Buns ( Hujiao Bing - 牛肉胡椒餅)

Pepper buns is a famous night market delicacy and is a type of baked bun that originated in city of Fuzhou, the capital of China's Fujian province. A popular street food in Taiwan, sesame seed buns filled with layers of peppered pork and green onions. It blends perfectly with the scallions, and the delicious soup, even if the long queue is worth a try.

19. Ding Tai Fung Xiao Long Bao - 鼎泰豐

In 1993, Ding Tai Fung Restaurant was selected by the New York Times as one of the top ten gourmet restaurants in the world, and it has become a representative of traditional Chinese cuisine in Taiwan. Many domestic and foreign tourists come to Taiwan to visit Ding Tai Fung, just to taste the delicacy of Xiao Long Bao.

20. Pork Ribs Tea (Bak Kut Teh - 肉骨茶)

Stewed pork ribs with China's medicine is a common tonic soup in Taiwan. It has a long history of consumption and belongs to Taiwan's unique meat and bone soup. Generally, the big root ribs are cooked and stewed together with more than a dozen traditional medicinal materials. The essence is extracted from the pork bones and medicinal materials. The soup tastes rich and full, sweet and has a touch of Chinese medicine fragrance. The ribs are stewed until tender and tasteful. Instant, delicious and nutritious, especially in winter to keep warm.

21. Goose meat

Among the many meat products in Taiwan, goose has a loyal supporter. There are also many famous restaurants in Taiwan that specialize in goose meat. Generally, they use high-quality goose meat. They are simmered and then poured with hot goose oil soup to make the meat soft and fat, with a sweet aroma. The special seasoning sauce is more delicious.

22. Ding Bian Cuo - 鼎邊銼

The traditional Ding Bian Cuo was originally a home-made snack in Fuzhou, and later became one of Taiwan's specialty snacks. The Keelung Ding Bian Cuo  is the most famous. "Cou" is Taiwanese, meaning crawling. Grind the rice into flour and mix with water to form a paste, wipe it along the edge of a hot large pot to form a thin skin, then remove and cut into shreds, add oysters, golden needles, fungus, bamboo shoots, and squid shreds, and boil into soup.

23. Mochi

Taiwan is known as the kingdom of mochi, and the mochi produced in Hualien is the most famous. The outer skin of mochi is generally made of round glutinous rice or glutinous rice flour. The taste is soft and glutinous. It is filled with red bean paste, mung bean paste, sesame, taro paste and other flavors. It is full and rich, sweet but not greasy. It is also the most popular companion. One of the souvenirs.

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