Eat, sleep, eat, repeat!
It’s no secret that Taiwan is a food haven with the best street snacks and cafes and restaurants that serve some bold but delicious food. With all these outrageous food in Taiwan, it makes one wonder how these Taiwanese people stay to fit and tiny!
Whether it’s serving some traditional cuisine with a twist or taking inspirations from other cultures and giving it a Taiwanese spin, here’s a few that definitely deserve the spotlight.
1. Every bite a perfect bite with this chicken waffle sandwich
Battered fried chicken, light crispy waffles, melty gruyere cheese, bright pickled onions and Asian ranch are all sandwiched together to form a stack of joyous mouthfuls. Tell us this isn’tthe sandwich of your dreams!
If this isn’t your thing (hard to see why), Spot Taipei has other offerings in their menu that are as equally creative and saliva-inducing like Duck Confit Croquette Benedict, Miso Pork Belly, Ferrero Rocher French Toast and many more.
Location: No. 58, Lane 233, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
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2. Pineapples might not belong on pizza but they do on this bun + ice-cream combo
Aside from Hong Kong, Taiwan is the next best place to get some bomb diggity pineapple buns! Fine, the term ‘bomb diggity’ is so passé, but definitely not this combination of crunchy, sweet crust and soft, pillowy middle of a bun with a generous helping of creamy, decadent ice-cream.
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So if you ever thought that it doesn’t get any better than just plain ol’ bo luo bao, well, you’re welcome for this new perspective!
Location: Ice-Cream Bo Luo Bao (冰淇淋菠蘿麵包), No. 22, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Photo Credit: https://www.foodamentals.com/damn-good-ideas-ice-cream-in-a-bo-lo-baopineapple-bread/
3. Beat the Taipei heat with this mango-licious must-try dessert
Touted by CNN as one of the must-try food items for travellers in Taiwan, this shaved mango ice dessert is heaven in the mouth! With shaved ice as fine as snowflakes, drizzles of condensed milk, and juicy fresh mangoes from local sources, every melt-in-your-mouth bite is better than the last.
You can choose to top off your mango ice with a silky smooth panna cotta or a scoop of mango sorbet. There’s almost always a queue at the famous Yongkang street outlet but the reward is sweet and refreshing.
If you book from Klook, you get special discounts for their top-selling mango shaved ice and the mango ice + cakes combo!
Location: Smoothie House, No. 15 Yongkang street, Da’an District, Taipei 106 Taiwan
Photo Credit: http://hungryhongkong.net/2014/02/smoothie-house-taipei-taiwan.html
4. Lick-your-plate-clean-worthy Taiwanese curry rice
In the Western world, there are casseroles and mac & cheese as comfort food and we enjoy them equally. But nothing says comfort food in Asia like huge plate of rice paired with plentiful of gravy, sides of fried goodness and topped with, of course, an egg!
Photo Credit: http://www.meishijournal.com/2016/04/taiwancurry.html
If you’re gutsy enough, you can even go for their big curry rice challenge! Weighing at 1.3kg and with only 20 mins to gobble the whole plate down, it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you’re only looking for a regular-sized portion however, the curry rice comes with the standard rice and curry gravy with an assortment of sides and toppings to pick from.
Location: Taiwan Curry Da An Shop (台湾咖喱 大安店), 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 51, Section 1, Da'an Road, No. 3
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5. The XXL fried chicken cutlet you can’t say ‘no’ to
Yup, this is it. The OG of outrageous food in Taiwan and probably one of the first things that pops into your mind when “Taiwanese street snack” is mentioned. Didn’t think we could possibly write this list without an honorable mention of the XXL fried chicken cutlet, did you?
Pretty much self-explanatory, this hot and crispy yet incredibly succulent fried chicken cutlet is bigger than your face (and hopefully not your waist)! It might not be the opposite of a health food, but it sure cures all sorts of cravings and stress. We vote for this to be the next ‘superfood’!
There are definitely more secret gems in Taiwan’s night markets and make sure you can discover ‘em when you join Klook’s tour of Taipei night market.
6. When Shanghai met Sichuan in a yummy combo
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the culinary world throws another curveball at you. These little morsels of juicy Shanghai xiao long baos are paired with a nice helping of Sichuan mapo tofu. Odd at first but after the initial bite, it just makes so much sense and makes you wonder why it hasn’t happened yet!
This hole-in-the-wall sure is inventive and even has a very unique looking pan-fried xiao long bao and other creative offerings. But hey, if you’re not an adventurous eater, they do serve the steamed dumplings the traditional way and are just as scrumptious.
Location: Shanghai Shao Shi Fu Soup Dumpling (上海邵師傅湯包), No. 31-1, Leli Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Photo Credit: https://banbi.tw/2016-04-03-728/
7. Get a bubble milk tea at the place that started the trend
Another OG in this list, this mega glass of pearl milk tea may look ordinary but is far from it. As known as bubble tea or boba tea, it was said to have originated from this teahouse in Taichung, Chun Shui Tang, in the 1980s. It definitely doesn’t get any more authentic than that!
With a glass that huge, we sure hope you’ve got someone to share it with. Also fun fact, the “bubble” in bubble tea actually refers to the foam at the top as opposed to the tapioca pearls!
Location: Chun Shui Tang, No. 30, Siwei Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
8. Don’t try to fit this whole giant takoyaki ball in your mouth
The classic favourite street snack, takoyaki balls, gets a very delightful Taiwanese twist! The size as big as your fist, these supersized takoyaki balls are filled with octopus, shrimps, broccoli, corn, potato, scallop and drizzled with the sauce of your choice.
It’s the complete food, if you ask us. It’s got your protein, fat and carbs all wrapped in one delicious ball. No sharing necessary!
Location: Ruifeng Night Market, Yucheng Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 804
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9. You’d want these YumYum Deli pancakes for breakfast everyday
Okay, people might visit YumYum Deli just to get their fix of Insta shots but amidst all the pose-in-front-of-the-cool-wall, they might be onto something at this cafe. Delightfully dressed up and crafted, the food looks just as good as the decor!
Giving their own twist on the quintessential, greasy American breakfast, we sure are charmed over by the food. Those huge fluffy stacks of pancakes sure are calling our names, and we’re armed with maple syrup!
Location: YumYum Deli, No. 12, Alley 32, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb1h6bQBFA1/
10. Do it for the cheese pull at Okey Dokey
If fried chicken and cheese are your two favourite food groups, you’ll be glad that this sinful little combination exists! Serving somewhat described as Korean-inspired Italian food, Okey Dokey is one of the trendier spots in Taipei.
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As if that isn’t cheesy enough, they also have a deep dish pizza in their menu that food dreams are made of. Besides that, Okey Dokey has a wide selection of other dishes like their own rendition of cream pasta, loaded fries, and the traditional Korean rice cake that you can crack open with a mini hammer!
Location: Okey Dokey, No. 47, Lane 308, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
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