At the risk of annoying people because I can’t shut up about Taiwan, I am listing down the best of Taiwanese food that captured my stomach & heart. It’s only been a week since I got home, and yet I have not been able to put out my cravings for those night market basics and all kinds of coffee and tea.

I really wish I attended a cooking lesson during my visit. I also wish that instead of buying face masks (which proved to be as effective as going to Flawless), I bought Taiwanese ingredients for these great food recipes I could have learned.

Beef Noodles

From al dente noodles to (can we call) al dente beef, everything is absolute perfection to this Taiwanese staple. Almost every street has a restaurant or pop up stall that sells fresh, hot beef noodles.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Braised Pork Rice

I am a mixed rice person. I love Chao Fan, I make my own mixed rice at home with anything and everything that blends well with soy sauce and other spices. So I didn’t think I’d ever taste a mixed rice so good that all the other mixed rice blends I’ve had would fail into comparison. I can only imagine the patience it takes to get those tender meaty goodness.

Braised Pork Rice

Cheese Potato

Need I say more? Is there a single person who doesn’t like cheese AND potato? Plus, this specific stall at Ningxia Night Market offers it with all kinds of good toppings–bacon, broccoli, ham, mushroom, and a whole lot more.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Ningxia Night Market's Cheese Potato

Pepper Cake

This is popular in Raohe Night Market but I am beyond thrilled to have discovered its ‘home’ two blocks away from the hostel I stayed at. No exaggeration that I had this daily, sometimes twice daily. For only TWD50 (about PHP80), this was enough to cover a meal.

Taiwanese Omelet (Scallion Pancake)

Tops even 5-star hotels’ buffet breakfasts where you can order your customized omelet. Made me wonder if there’s magic sprinkled on the soy sauce and other spices they brush on this local breakfast and all-day favorite.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!
All fillings please!

Pork Barbecue wrapped in veggies

For only TWD10 (about PHP15), one cube makes you crave for more.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Fried Chicken

While they don’t have gravy, the way their fried chicken is served with cheese, corn, and other pepper-y goodness makes one forget about being raised in a gravy-crazy city. Also, Taiwanese-sized fried chicken is the main reason I wished I had family and friends with me on this solo trip. I could not finish one serving! One time, I ate munched on one large chunk of chicken for an entire day.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Fish sticks

Sesame seeds on the outside, sweet-salty-spicy filling on the inside. Could get a little messy– I stained my white shirt, but I had to bite and bite while it’s hot.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Sausages and other stuff on sticks

At first, I did not get the obsession but it kind of grows on you as you quickly grab a bite while walking around neighborhoods.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Dumplings (steamed or fried) and Xiao Long Bao.

Din Tai Fung is kweeeen, but those stalls inside train stations and night markets live up to Taiwan’s reputation for good food. Seriously, you can have a lot of reasons to visit this country but FOOD should be topmost.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Din Tai Fung's Xiao Long Bao

And of course, Coffee in the morning, Bubble Milk Tea in the afternoon, Purple Rice and Red Bean Latte at night, and Fruit Shakes after everything fried in those night markets.

Travel trivia: Did you know that most Taiwanese families do not store food in their small houses? They love everything fresh and prepared right before they eat it. Hence, the boom of day and night markets. Also explains why every street must have a ramen shop, chicken stall, coffee and milk tea shops spread evenly.

Top Taiwanese Food Favorites | If you travel for food, make sure to visit Taiwan and try these for your ultimate foodgasm!

Let’s have more Taiwanese food in the Philippines, please? Or better, let’s have more affordable plane tickets so I can visit Taiwan at least once a quarter? Oh, to dream and get snapped back to reality.

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23 thoughts

  1. You blog makes me want to eat rn ๐Ÿ˜œ my piggy me wants to go to a taiwanese resto or my favorite- Chinese. Thanks for sharing with us your best picks to Taiwanese food. I hope that I can try them all.

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  2. Sometimes I think I am jealous of you food bloggers as you are able to try all these awesome foods and your pictures leaves my stomach hungry. Maybe I should have chosen to be a food blogger instead of a personal finance blogger. Cheers to good food and even better with good company.

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