An eye-catching food paradise with affordable prices in Taipei (Taiwan) is waiting for you to discover.
1. Taiwanese Breakfast
In Taiwan, breakfast should always be taken seriously therefore early in the morning there were hundreds, thousands of restaurants are bustling. The traditional breakfast in Taipei is often served in the form of purchase and then taken away. In general, breakfast in Taipei usually has Chinese cruller (youtiao), egg pancakes (dan bing), egg pies (Shaobing) and the dessert is a glass of soy milk (bing dou jiang ). Such meals will provide enough power for you to work for hours.
Where to buy: Fu Hang Dou Jiang
Address: 2/F HuaShan Market, 108 Eastern Zhongxiao Road, Zone 1
Transport: Metro station at Shandao Temple
2. Deep-fried milk
Deep-fried dishes are very popular in Taipei’s night markets, and one of these must be the Deep-fried milk dish. It sounds a bit ridiculous but just walking around Taipei’s night market areas, you will understand why this is the most popular snack in the city. This is made of milk powder then fried, the products are the yellow pies, very crispy on the outside but soft inside.
Where to buy: Raohe Street Night Market
Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District
Transport: Songshan Metro Station
3. Taiwan fried chicken
Fried chicken is a popular dish in the world. However, the gourmets still talk to each other that the Taiwanese people already know how to make a delicious and irresistible fried chicken. Usually, the chicken is cut into bite size pieces, wrapped in a thin layer of powder, while eating can feel the crispy meat and no cooking oil taste. After salting with pepper, chicken is sprinkled with paprika if required. Also, the tourists can choose to buy the whole large chicken thighs to satisfy their appetite.
Where to buy: Xuguang Xiangxiangji
Address: No. 121 Hanzhong Street, Wanhua District
Transport: Ximen Metro Station
4. Gua Bao (Round sticky rice cake with meat)
Gua Bao means “sliced bread”, but in reality, this dish is even much richer. The braised fillet will be sandwiched between the round sticky rice cake, sprinkled some crushed peanuts, coriander, and a few sour foods to make a delicious dish.
Where to buy: Lan Jia Gua Bao
Address: No. 3, Alley 8, lane 316, Zone 3, Luosifu Road (Roosevelt Rd), Zhongzheng District
Transport: Metro Station at Taipower Building
5. Da chang bao xiao chang (Small sausage in large sausage)
This is considered as the hotdog Taiwanese version. And even heard of it, but in fact, you can eat only one sausage. This dish includes a sausage and a Round sticky rice cake, grilled over charcoal. The diners can eat with a variety of food materials such as wasabi, garlic, salted turnip. This dish often appears at the night market and be preferred by many tourists.
Where to buy: Shilin Night Market
Address: No. 101 Jihe Road, Shilin District
Transport: Jintan Metro Station
6. Xiao Long Bao
Taipei Xiao Long Bao cakes usually ranked 2nd in quality after Shanghai Xiao Long Bao cakes. However, these little cakes have traveled everywhere in Taipei City and are also much preferred by the tourists. Xiao Long Bao dish often has the filling of marinated pork. In Taipei, people still have the kind of cake with pork and crab meat or crab eggs. The filling is then mixed with the transparent dough layer and steamed until the dough layer is condensed, may be decay at any time. The art of eating Xiao Long Bao is eating without dropping any portion of soup or burning your tongue. Take a sip by little, and do not forget to eat with vinegar and ginger.
Where to buy: Kao Chi
Address: No.1 Yongkang Street
Transport: Dongmen Metro Station
7. Taiwanese beef noodles soup
Taiwanese beef noodle soup is favorited to the extent that every year have a beef noodle festival to be held in Taipei. This noodle dish is originated from Ningxia Muslim community and was taken to Taiwan during the civil war with the Chinese Mainland. Try looking through a bowl of noodles, the steak, beef tendon; bone looks strange, but the stranger this dish looks, the more delicious it will be. In Taipei, people often eat noodles with cabbage, tofu, seaweed; even the broth is cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and Chinese herbs. The steaks are usually greasy and melted in the mouth when eating.
Where to buy: Lin Dong Fang
Address: No. 274 Bade Road, Zone 2, Zhongshan District
Transport: Nanjing Fuxing Metro Station
Originated from Japan, mochi gradually comes into Taiwanese cuisine and has become an extremely popular sweet dish. Mochi is made from mochiko, a kind of sweet rice becomes limber when crushed. The traditional mochi includes red bean, and sprinkled a little peanut, but today, people can easily eat chocolate mochi, strawberry mochi or green tea mochi. One of the most delicious dishes to mention is the black sesame mochi, with the soft and limber shell. Mochi dishes are very fragile, because of that you should leave them in your hand luggage, and do not refrigerate them. Mochi is most delicious when eaten immediately, but still able to be outside for three days.
Where to buy: Ijysheng
Address: No. 51, Sector 3, Xinglong Road, Wenshan District
Transport: Metro Station at Xinglong Road
9. Pig’s blood cake
This is an iron-rich food, and the flavor is an exquisite combination of mochi and the crispy rice cake. Pig’s blood is mixed with glutinous rice, broth and condensed until stiff. It is fried or steamed and coated in peanut flour. This dish is sold at night markets.
Where to buy: Pig’s blood cake Chen.
Address: No. 187, Sector 3, Tingzhou Street, Zhongzheng District
Transport: Gongguan Metro Station
10. Stinky Tofu
Just standing from afar, you can smell the taste of this dish. Stinky tofu is considered as the blue cheese version of tofu, the harder its flavor smells, the better taste it will be. The tofu is soaked in water includes fermented milk, saline, herbs, shrimp and fermented within a few months. In Taiwan, people eat stinky tofu with other side dishes, often served with salted vegetables or barbecue. The most famous tofu dish is from Shenkeng District, Taipei, served with gravy that covered up the smell of tofu.
Where to buy: Shenkeng Tofu Street
Transport: Bus No. 660 from Gongguan Station