Bring home your favourite Taiwanese snack
As with all travels, when the last day comes we strive to bring back as much of a place as possible!
Taiwan is home to one of the most delicious foodstuffs and we’ve curated a list of 10 snacks you gotta make space for in your luggage – you’ll thank us for this!
*Did you know? *
You can pre-order your Taiwan snacks on Klook and pick them up before you leave! Simply place your order via the Klook app or website, receive an e-voucher in your email and pick them up when you arrive in Taiwan! Collection points are usually at the airport terminal or in store.
1. Kuai Che Pork Paper
Pork paper is definitely one of the more interesting snacks to come out of Taiwan.
This wonderful combination of pork, apple, almonds, soy sauce and sugar is readily found at most markets especially Shilin and Raohe. You won’t be able to imagine the taste and texture until you actually EAT it. These snappy goodies have no MSG added and once you start, you’ll be crunching up the entire packet in no time.
Rushing for that plane? Klook yourself some Kuai Che pork paper because you’re gonna need it!
2. Zeng Noodles
This is the ultimate Sichuan pepper and scallion spring onion instant noodle that will beat all others, hands down.
The unique ribbon-like noodles have a chewy texture and differ vastly from regular instant noodles. It’s manufactured to be almost as good as slurping down hand-made noodles, and you can have it dry or with soup – it’s up to you!
Fans of the spicy hot pot sauce 'ma la' will love this! The Sichuan peppercorn in the noodles give it a minty, spicy taste that is popular amongst many!
3. Sugar and Spice Nougat
We’re sure everyone has heard or seen this little nougat lying around someone’s home! These wonderful bite-sized treats are sweet, chewy, nutty and milky – perfect for a pop per day. They come in a variety of flavours including the original French Nougat, Strawberry and Toffee.
Acclaimed for using top quality ingredients and no preservatives, Sugar and Spice only uses natural butter from the Normandy region of France and Californian Almonds. Because it’s au naturale, the milk fragrance (from the butter) will fade as time goes by and the firmness will change according to the temperature of its storage location. No fear though, they still taste really good!
4. Chia Te Pineapple Cake
Taiwan is basically the birthplace of these delicious pineapple cakes!
These buttery pastries have a pineapple filing centre. There are quite a handful of famous brands in Taiwan but Chia Te has mastered the perfect ratio of pastry and filling that satisfies all kinds of taste buds.
If you’re not much of a pineapple fan, you can check out their other flavours such as cranberry, strawberry, prune and more!
Drop by their store in the Songshan district (No. 88, Section 5, Nanjing East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105) where you can buy home a couple or even buy in bulk. These are then packed in bags or in a box for safer check-in.
For a real hassle-free way to get your hands on some pineapple cakes, Klook your Chia Te goodies and pick them up at the airport!
5. Ali Mountain (Alishan) Tea
The Alishan Mountains in Chia Yi County is not just a picturesque hiking location - it's also where the famous aromatic tea is harvested.
The wet and cold conditions make it the perfect place for growing tea. Alishan tea is an oolong tea with a light orchid aroma. With hints of fruits and a light creaminess, it’s definitely something tea-lovers will enjoy! The tea leaves have to be steeped in hot water that’s ideally between 90-95ºC to achieve the close-to-perfect brew.
6. Sun Biscuit
Affectionately known as Tai Yang Bing, the Sun Biscuit originated from Taichung and is a round flaky pastry with maltose (condensed malt sugar) usually sold in gift boxes. Most people love to savour them with Chinese tea, while others dissolve them in hot water for a porridge-like warm dessert!
There are several famous brands selling Sun Cakes including Chia Te, Li Yi and Luna. Be sure to pick up the different brands to test for your favourite!
Klook Pro Tip: We recommend you hand-carry your Sun Biscuits because they are quite fragile and might get crushed if checked in!
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7. Taiwanese Fruit Jelly
These fruit jellies are a gem once you try them!
With an interesting texture; not too soft and the right amount of chewiness, each bite is a burst of flavour! There is a huge variety of flavours, from lychee, mango, passion fruit to preserved prunes! Very interesting.
You can purchase them from souvenir shops but most night markets will have a vendor laying out hundreds of jellies on a table! #jellyworlddream
Have the time of your life as you reel through the assorted colours and if you’re curious about how it tastes, most vendors will allow you to have a try! We’re a 101% sure you’ll name favourites under minutes.
8. Taiwanese Honey Layer Cakes from Amo Cakes
Amo Cakes started as a quaint bakery back in 1994 and have grown to multiple outlets in Taipei, Taichung and the Hsinchu area.
Amo carries a wide variety of bakes, from the signature pineapple cakes to the famous Taiwanese Honey Layer Cake. It is a definite must-try when you’re in the land of Formosa. Imagine 7 layers of handcrafted cake glazed with local Taiwanese honey and a light lime liqueur – mmm yummy!
When packed, the cake can last for 15 hours out of the refrigerator and must be consumed within 4-6 days to ensure freshness. The locals recommend to have a slice of cake with the famous Alishan Oolong Tea – sure does sound refreshing!
*Klook Pro Tip: *Before consumption, remove the honey cake from your refrigerator and allow it to thaw to room temperature for about 10-15min.
Photo Credit: https://www.amo.com.tw/
9. Grandma’s Iron Eggs
We know eggs aren’t usually black but trust us, you gotta give these Iron Quail Eggs a chance!
They are a wonderful combination of flavours – savoury, sweet and slightly spicy. The eggs are boiled and air-dried several times in a top-secret broth that only the owners of Grandma’s Iron Eggs know! The original store lies in the little nooks of Zhongzheng Road in Danshui where you can get the eggs fresh or vacuum-packed; very suitable for bringing back home!
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10. Hi-Chew Candy
For the benefit of those who’ve never heard of this glorious candy; Hi-Chew is a small cuboid-sized chewy (duh) sweet with a fruity filling. Originally manufactured by Moringa in Japan, Hi-Chews are also now made in Taiwan.
Apparently, the Taiwanese versions have a stronger fruit flavour and are slightly sweeter compared to their Japanese counterpart. So why not grab a couple from any grocery store or convenience mart and have a little taste for yourself!
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