10 Foods To Eat in Taiwan Or The Trip Would’ve Been Wasted

Taiwan isn’t just famous for its night markets or friendly people, they’re a food paradise as well.

Whether or not you are a frequent traveller to Taiwan, this post will surely help you to soothe your rumbling tummy!

No matter whether you’re a frequent traveller to Taiwan or looking to plan a trip there in the near future, this article is for you.

1. Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿!

You know what they say; all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

So if you are looking for authentic style Taiwanese Breakfast head to, then head to Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿!

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This is a dish you need to try!

Yes, salty soya bean might not sound all that appealing to you.

But why not try something unique since you’re in a foreign land anyway. Some say this dish tastes like congee and others say its similar to Chawanmushi.

This dish comes with veggies, youtiao and fried shrimps and will keep you full for hours so that you can continue shopping!

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Another favourite item here is their Shao Bing, AKA roasted pancake. Depending on your preference, you can have the thick or thin pancake with fillings like youtiao and egg. You can decide to have it plain too!

One Shao Bing, many alternatives!

Ah Hock loved Michelle and asked her, ‘Ai stead mai?’ in the 90s. Today, he tried again but would it work? Prepare some tissue paper and watch their love story here:

Address: Level 2, No.108, Zhongxiao East Road, Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan [台北市中正區忠孝東路一段108號2樓] *they are located in Hua Shan Market*

Operating hours: 5:30 am – 12:30 pm (Closed on Mondays)

2. Mr Lin’s 三明治

 

Head on down to Mr Lin’s 三明治 if you want some sandwiches for breakfast. They have a wide variety of sandwiches and will satisfy your taste buds!

Common favourites include the tuna sandwich and the pork chop with melted cheese. Pair either of these sandwiches with an espresso and you are good to go!

They also have rice too. So, you will certainly find something pleasing here!

Address: No.8-1 Nong’an Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan

Operating hours: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm

3. Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 金峰魯肉!

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 “Lu Rou Fan”, otherwise known as Braised Pork Rice is a common favourite among the Taiwanese.

So, if you are gonna have it, have the best at Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 金峰魯肉飯! It’s a hot favourite among the Taiwanese people.

But the Lu Rou Fan is not only the spotlight here! Their sides dishes like the winter soup is also a favourite here! It’s clear and tastes like its free of MSG! It is recommended that you have this together with the Lu Rou Fan because it will wash out the greasiness out of your mouth.

Plus, the prices make this place attractive for travellers on a budget.

However, do not that the Lu Rou Fan in Taiwan is usually thicker and stronger, unlike the ones we’re familiar with in Singapore. So don’t go all out and order a few bowls: have one first and decide whether the taste is okay for you.

Address: No. 12-1, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Operating hours: 8:00 am – 12:45 am (Closed on Tuesdays)

4. Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao 杭州小籠湯包

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Who can say no to piping hot XLB? If you agree with me, then you cannot miss out on Hangzhou Xiao Long Bao 杭州小籠湯包!

Imagine this.

As you bite into the juicy filing, hot sweet soup flows out of the dumpling. And somehow, your body feels warm and nourished.

Are you feeling hungry already?

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And no meal should end without a dessert. 

Many praise the red-bean pancake for its sweet crunchiness, and their generous amount of red bean.

Note: This is only 8 mins away from National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall so stop by this place if you are in the area!

Address: No. 19, Section 2, Hangzhou South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (Near Chiang Kai Shek MRT, Exit number 5)

Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

5. Ruins Coffee Roasters 小廢墟咖啡

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Coffee lovers rejoice! You can find all kinds of coffee here from a single origin to hand drips.

If you happen to have a sweet tooth, then you’re in luck! Because their desserts complement their brews!

Fret not if you’re not a coffee lover, because they have hard-to-find craft beers too! Yes, you can drink during the day and not get judged.

Address: No. 242號, Section 3, Muzha Rd, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116

Operating Hours: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Closed on Mondays)

6. Tamed Fox

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Keen for some healthy, delicious and Instagram-worthy food? Here, you will be greeted with desserts that you can enjoy without feeling sinful.

They also have interesting mains that are packed with nutrients and vitamins, so that you can continue indulging.

Address: No. 56, Lane 122, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Operating Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (Mon – Fri, except Wednesdays) / 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Weekends)

7. Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles 林東芳牛肉麵

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Fans of beef noodles, you know that Taiwan has one of the best beef noodles in the world.

Most of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Taiwan have a reputation for selling good food, and it’s the same case here.

Taiwanese locals claim that this is one of the best beef noodles you can have in the country.

Who are we to say no to trying it, right?

Address: No.4-2, Andong Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mon-Thu) / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Fri-Sat)

8. Ay-Chung Mee Sua 阿宗麵線

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Slurp-worthy noodles to accompany you during your trip down to the night markets! I don’t need to say much because like all Singaporeans, we are attracted to places with long queues!

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And if you are going to have it, then why not have the best! Just something that many might not know: 阿宗麵線 doesn’t have oysters in it. Many people have this misconception as 麵線 often have oysters.

Address: No. 8-1號, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Operating Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

9. Wu Lao Guo 無老鍋

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Up for supper? Hop down to Wulao to fill your rumbling tummies and enjoy the hotpots that are said to make you healthier and prettier.

This place is tourist-friendly and there’s a menu specifically for first-timers!

Address: No. 143號, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104

Operating Hours: 11:30 am – 2:00 am

10. R&D Cocktail Lab

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The name itself sounds exciting already, doesn’t it?

This oriental-looking bar serves intriguing cocktails that are tailored to your tastes.

The entrance is pretty hidden so you’d have to search hard for it.

If you want to taste these exquisite cocktails, you will have to open your eyes wide, and search hard for the bar!

Address: No. 36, Jiaxing Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Operating Hours: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am (Tues – Thurs) / 7:00 pm – 3:00 am (Fri – Sat) / 6:30 pm – 12:30 am (Sun) / Closed on Mondays

Isabelle is an educator and a self-professed foodie. When she is not teaching away in school, she is either out looking for interesting foods, at the gym or reading at home.