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Taipei Food 101

Taipei food is literally the stuff of legends! I spent a few days in Taipei and was thoroughly impressed with the different styles of food and variety of interesting flavors available. I was able to visit two of the best night markets in Taipei as well as a third more low-key one with a couchsurfer that hosted me on my last night. Considering Shilin and Roahe night markets are only 9.5 km away from each other it’s very easy to visit both in one night if you have time.

taipei food - nomadic travel

If you’re into Dim Sum, you can expect to see several food carts offering traditional favorites like steamed shrimp dumplings, siu mai, barbecue pork buns, and various other popular options.

taipei food - nomadic travel

If you like seafood then don’t be surprised to see huge piles of prawns, crabs and other kinds of tasty cooked aquatic creatures.

taipei food - nomadic travel

One super popular style of food in Taiwan is called Oden, which is basically boiled meats and vegetables which you can hand pick and they prepare for you.

taipei food - nomadic travel

Some places even have a delicious gravy that they add to your dish after you make your selections. You can also see two popular options that are not offered at all Oden stands, one is the steamed egg soup on the top and the other is the black pigs blood and rice seen in the bottom right.

taipei food - nomadic travel

Since there is so much Japanese influence in Taiwan you can also expect to find some pretty amazing sushi too!

taipei food - nomadic travel

Whether you want crab, shrimp, clams or snails the seafood options are plentiful.

taipei food - nomadic travel

The semi-tropical beaches on the east side of the island provide a bounty of saltwater snacks to appease your appetite.

taipei food - nomadic travel

If you’re a vegetarian there are many options for you as well! From vegetable springrolls, easy snacks like edamame, boiled vegetables, and even stinky tofu!

taipei food - nomadic travel

Don’t be discouraged as you should have no problem finding something vegetarian as well.

stinky tofu taipeiIf you have a particularly sweet tooth then Taipei Food has you covered there too! One of the most interesting selections I saw and tried were these sweet pancake burrito style ice cream wraps served with ice cream and shaved candied peanuts and cilantro! If you feel like a new flavor sensation then try this, it will confuse your taste buds with the seemingly odd selection of ingredients that result in a rather delicious and unique treat!

taipei food - nomadic travel

These fried sweet potato balls are another excellent option for dessert.

taipei food - nomadic travelIf you’re not feeling super adventurous you can just have some cheesecake or other more normal baked goods.

taipei food - nomadic travel

Not all markets are created equal, Shiping being the most touristic location and Roahe being a little more lowkey, they both offer a first-time traveler many new experiences worth seeing.

roahe night marketOutside of the street markets, I would also recommend trying some Taiwanese hot pot! I was lucky enough to enjoy a traditional hot pot with the friends I made on Couchsurfing who hosted me for one night. This is a great way to spend time with family and friends.

taipei food - nomadic travel

If you want to know what the ingredients look like which they use for the hot pot broth then here it is! It’s an interesting combination of various spices and plants seen below.

taipei food - nomadic travel

One thing I would not recommend trying and is not for the faint of heart is a Century Egg!

taipei food - nomadic travel

This egg is very popular with Chinese and Taiwanese people but had me gagging. It was tough to swallow but I managed, although it is not recommended to eat it whole as I did! If you’re not up to the task but want to try something equally as popular and interesting then I would suggest the Tea Eggs.

taipei food - nomadic travel

I am not exaggerating when I say that Taiwan was probably the most impressive country I’ve eaten food in a while! With most of their food being inspired by the best combinations of Chinese and Japanese favorites, it’s no wonder Taiwan has grown a reputation as a popular food tourist spot. If you plan on visiting, then I would recommend getting out of your comfort zone and trying some new food here!

Taipei Food 101

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