Two days back from Taiwan and here I am still scrolling through my camera roll, looking at these great food that we enjoyed over the weekend. 😋 If you were to ask me where would be the best destination for good food in Asia, I would respond with Taiwan in a heartbeat. ♥️
Since this was our 2nd visit there, our itinerary was less touristy. We skipped Taipei 101, crowded temples, Elephant Mountain, memorial halls, and usual night markets which we were able to visit the first time. Instead, we visited malls, creative parks, youth districts and food stops. 😁
Here are some of the awesome food finds that we stumbled upon around Taiwan:
Lu Rou Fan
Also known as braised pork over rice, it is one of Taiwan’s must try food and you can basically find it at most local eateries. But the best place to try it is at Jin Feng. They have mastered the art of making it; so popular that there is almost always a queue outside the store. The line moves fast though so just be patient. 😊 Everything in the photo above is around NTD120 (P200), not bad right?
How to go there?: Take the train to Chiang Kai Chek station and use exit 2 then walk a few meters, you won’t miss the queue.
You can find this at just about any night market but this one I bought from a stall at Juifen. It has a distinct smoky flavor and is slightly sweet which makes it different from other sausage variations from other countries. Price ranges from NTD50 (P85) – NTD100 (P170). Perfect for afternoon snack. 🤗
Bacon Tuna Tomato / Chicken Pesto
What better food to eat after a day’s worth of walking than a big plate of pasta with sauces perfect for slurping. 😋 The Pasta Bar serves a wide variety of pasta dishes for only NTD230 (P380), which comes with bread and drinks.
How to get there? Take the train to Ximen station, and use exit 6. Walk a few meters into the district and you will see this on your left.
Flour Rice Noodles
Another must-try when in Taiwan is this warm bowl of flour rice noodles (miswa) from Ay-Chung in Ximending. Large bowl is only NTD70 (P110), good enough to be shared by 2. Best time to visit is in the morning just when it opens, as there is usually a queue throughout the day.
How to get there? Same as above as it is also within Ximending district. Go through the main area then turn right, and follow the crowd.
This is how their egg pie looks like and it is a street food. You can choose which filling you prefer; I went for the one with egg and pork floss. Surprisingly good and it’s only NTD50 (P85). We tried this one in Ximen area.
I have heard good things about Ichiran and how it’s a popular ramen place in Japan. So when I found out that there is a branch in Taipei, I knew we had to try it. Dining there is an experience in itself as it has a unique sitting arrangement. Diners will have to seat alone and served through a reed blind. A bowl of ramen costs NTD288 (P480) and you get to choose the spice level, tenderness of noodles, amount of garlic, onions and charsiu. I also opted for extra egg, nori and charsiu for NTD134 (P225) because why not? 😁 Best time to visit would be before the lunch crowd comes to avoid long queue.
How to get there? Take the train to Taipei 101 station, go through exit 4 then walk along Songzhi Road. Turn right at ATT4Fun mall then cross the road to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Place. The resto is at the basement of A11, you won’t miss the huge sign.
Salt and Pepper Chicken
Another perfect snack to munch on while walking is this flavoured fried chicken for only NTD120 (P200), good for sharing. We tried it at Ximending but I think most night markets have it too.
Portuguese Egg Tarts
KFC serves these delicious egg tarts for only NTD170 (P285) for a box of 6. These are flaky but delightfully fluffy tarts; I can easily finish a box. 😁 How I wish we have this in Manila.
Convenience Store Finds
711, Family Mart, HiLife.. whichever convenience store you visit you are surely in for a treat. There are so many food, drinks, snacks to choose from you either want to buy a lot or end up with nothing out of confusion haha. They have affordable bento meals, rolls, sausages, sandwiches and drinks from juices, cold tea, milk tea, coffee, etc. You’ll never go hungry!
Of course, a visit to Taiwan would not be complete without having milk tea. Did you know that the bubble tea originated there? There are milk tea shops almost in every corner of Taipei, and way cheaper than what we have here. One of the more famous tea shops is Xing Fu Tang, where you might line up for hours depending on the crowd. I was able to try it in Juifen though, with zero crowd. 😁 I tried Sharetea in Ximending and Bubble Tea from Oneday Co in Huashan Creative Park. All is fairly good, especially since they have distinct tea flavors. Nothing amazing though, or maybe it’s just me. 😅
These are just some of the food options that you can try in taiwan. They also have torched wagyu beef, peanut ice cream roll, xiao long bao, extra large fried chicken, and the famous stinky tofu.. if you can stand the smell. 😆
By the way, Philippine passport holders may visit Taiwan visa-free until July 2020. So go ahead, plan that trip. Need tips on where to stay and sample itinerary? Ask me how. 😁