For the adventurous foodie, Taiwan is one of the best places in the world. It has a plethora of delicious items and all for really cheap! I was in Taipei for five days and every night i had dinner in a night market. If i lived there i would probably go every day it was that good. Here are some of the stuff i ate during my trip :))
Pork Blood Cake.
Pork blood cake stands are everywhere. The way you make this is by mixing pork blood with sticky rice and then steaming it until it turns in to the blood rice cake. After the steaming its dunked into a sweet and spicy sauce. The final touch is the peanut and coriander mixture that sticks to the sauce. Kinda a taiwanese version of Black Pudding.
Along with the egg and sweet little oysters, potato starch is added to give it more of a toothsome texture. You can liken texture added by the starch to a soft rice cake. A sweet/savoury sauce is also smeared on top.
Fried bread, some sort of mysterious processed deli meat, egg, tomato and a river of mayo. The pinnacle of fancy stoner food. i don’t know why we don’t fry bread more, its crazy good.
Taiwanese Spring Roll.
Most Asian countries have their version of the spring roll. In Taiwan the skin is more like a crepe. The veggies and meat is also seasoned with sugar to make it sweeter than it’s other counterparts.
This is comfort food for me. I’ve been eating this stuff since i was a babyyy. Remember to always put pepper in the soup and MSG, never forget the MSG.
Sorry for the blurry pic… The ba-wan is something that i’ve wanted to try for ages. The outside is made from a rice flour mixture (imagine a softer transparent mochi) and the inside is filled with meat and bamboo shoots. The sauce thats put over it is a thick savoury sauce. The texture of the Ba-wan is something that western pallets are not used to. Gelatinous and savoury aren’t that common in western cuisine, but the Taiwanese love it. It took me a while to get used to this type of texture, but now i love it.
This is ba-wan before it is steamed and sauced.
Sweet Tofu and Tapioca Balls in Red Bean Soup.
Taiwanese dessert is also pretty famous. this is only one option. Sweet tofu, tapioca balls, tapioca and honey beans are common in these desserts.
This is a Taiwanese Hot Dog. It’s a pork or boar sausage and instead bread it’s wrapped in glutenous rice. A spring onion relish is also smeared onto the rice. This was probably my favourite street food item.
Here is only one way stank tofu or stinky tofu is prepared. Actually tastes not as funky as it smells. Would have it again but gonna limit to once a trip haha. #stillprettyfunkytho
Big Fried Chicken.
If you go to Shilin Night Market you have to have this fried chicken. It’s gigantic, cheap and delicious.
Another dessert that is pretty common in Taiwan. Ice, sugar syrup, condensed milk and fruits.
Some of the food here can be seen as squeamish food or “exotic” but to be honest its not. All the food i had was delicious and everything i ate i would have again. The street food alone makes Taiwan one of my favourite places i’ve been to and i can’t wait to go back.