5 Foods You Must Eat in Taiwan
I just got home from a trip to Taiwan, and to be completely honest … All I did was eat. I actually skipped some other tourist activities so that I could go to different places to try more weird food. As a result, my trip to Taiwan was one of my favorite vacations yet.
Here are some of my favorite Taiwanese dishes that I would recommend to any traveler planning a trip to this amazing island.
1. BEEF NOODLES
Beef noodles are Taiwan’s official national dish. I was a little disappointed when reading this, because that dish sounds boring. I was wrong. The Taiwanese make a mean bowl of noodles. For the most part, I am all about street food in Taiwan, because markets provide authentic food for low prices. But you’ll probably find the best beef noodles at a sit-down restaurant. Here is a list of restaurants CNN claims have the best beef noodles in Taipei.
2. OYSTER OMELET
In Taiwan, I cut into an omelet only to discover the freshest oysters I have ever tasted. Beware, Taiwanese oyster omelets are made with a slurry of different starches, resulting in a gelatinous texture. These oysters might not taste like an omelet you’d order at Sunday morning brunch in North America.
3. STINKY TOFU
“Yikes, what’s that terrible smell?” you think as you walk down the streets of Taiwan. Chances are, it’s stinky tofu. I live in China, and most of the stinky tofu I see at food stands is steamed and black. However, in Taiwan, I saw white stinky tofu that was fried. And it was surprisingly good! Locals say that the worse the tofu smells, the better it tastes.
4. BUBBLE TEA
Bubble tea is a tea-based beverage with tapioca pearls at the bottom of the cup. The drink has grown in popularity all over the world, but it originated in Taiwan. Bubble tea can be served hot, but it’s usually cold. It comes in a variety of flavors, such as jade lemon, winter melon, or passion fruit. If possible, stop by Chun Shui Tang, the original bubble tea joint.
5. FRIED PORK BELLY
Fried pork belly is classic street food in Taiwan. Typically, one serving is a fairly small amount. So I recommend ordering the dish from several different food stands because every vendor adds different sauces and garnishes.
Have you tried any of these Taiwan foods? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments below!