July 27, 2017

Where to Eat in Taipei

From lively night markets, traditional street food stalls and famous restaurants, satisfy your foodie craving and take a bite out of these phenomenal Taiwanese dishes and snacks.

Black Pepper Buns at Raohe Street Night Market

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Minced meat flavored with pepper and vegetables? Sign us up! Locally known as hu jiao bing, these piping hot buns attract a huge crowd of hungry eaters at the Raohe Street Night Market.

The original Din Tai Fung in Yongkang Street


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Sure, there are branches of Din Tai Fung both in Manila and in other nearby cities in Asia. But nothing beats visiting the original store along Yongkang Street and seeing its humble beginnings. Sample the delicious xiao lang bao and other dim sum delicacies like steamed pork buns and vegetable dumplings.

Dou Jiang Yu Tiao from Yong He Dou Jiang


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You know something is good when people are lining up outside the restaurant as early as 5:30 in the morning! The dou jiang yu tiao is a fried dough served with soy milk, the former usually dipped in the latter.

Rice balls from Mama Lau

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Looking for another Taiwanese breakfast option? Mama Lau is famous for its various rice ball options, where locals are known to grab their breakfast on the way to work. You can choose between white rice or purple rice, then pick your own stuffings and toppings based on your preference. Options include pork floss, egg and even cheese.

Sheng Jian Bao in Shida Night Market


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Find the stall named Hsu Ji, which sells sheng jian bao or pan-fried dumplings with minced pork. It’s a popular stall, so be ready for the long queue of locals and tourists waiting to get a taste of these fried dumplings!

Peanut Brittle Ice Cream Roll in Tonghua Night Market

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This snack is a strange but thrilling combination of coriander and peanut brittle rolled with ice cream inside a thin crepe. Fresh, sweet and definitely addicting at only 40 TWD!

Noodles from Ah Chung Man Xien

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A comforting and simple dish that will warm you up in case you get caught out in the rain. This noodle dish is made up of mee sua noodles in a thick, hot soup and braised pig intestines, with condiments to taste.

Gua bao from Lan Jia Gua Bao

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Sample the Taiwanese take on burgers: tasty pork sandwiched between fluffy steamed buns and topped with herbs and crushed peanuts.

Mango Snowflake Ice at Smoothie House

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While there are many restaurants and cafes where you can try a bowl of shaved ice, Smoothie House’s mango snowflake ice is a sure winner for someone with a sweet tooth.

Seafood at Ningxia Night Market


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Ningxia is a smaller night market, but this spot is popular for its array of seafood snacks and dishes. Look out for the deep fried stuffed squid, battered perfectly golden and filled with carrot, celery and cucumber for an extra crunch. You can also take your pick from the day’s freshest catch and have it grilled on the spot.

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