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12 Foods to Eat in Taiwan

12 Foods to Eat in Taiwan
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By MERYL NG – A favourite destination of Singaporeans, Taiwan is famed for its scenic splendor, shopping and of course, food. From fine dining to creative street food, there’s something for all budgets. If it’s your first time travelling to Taiwan, let me share my list of 12 MUST EAT foods for every non-vegetarian tourist!

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1) Taiwanese Shaved Snow

Taiwan snow ice

My first suggestion is none other than Taiwan’s mango-flavoured shaved ice which is soft and airy, yet cold and deliciously creamy. This melt-in-your-mouth snow tastes like real mangos and is made by shaving cylindrical blocks of frozen milky mango ice cream into silky ribbons. Choose from flavours like mango, strawberry or matcha—usually served with fresh fruit on the side.

Where: Ximending (西门町) @ Ximen Station


2) Barbecued Honey Squid

Taiwan squid

Sweet hot chewy squid grilled upon order is a usual site at most night markets in Taiwan. Each bite guarantees a burst of umami sweetness. Flavours available include BBQ, honey, cheese, and sesame.

Where: Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) @ Jiantan Station


3) Big Sausage Wrap Small Sausage (肠包小肠)

Taiwan hot dog

This hot dog bun look alike is actually barbecued Taiwanese sausage wrapped in barbecued glutinous rice. Each sausage is stuffed with the fillings of your choice. I recommend the garlic chive filling (right sausage), as the spiciness of raw garlic goes very well with the sweetness of Taiwanese sausage.

Where: Shilin Night Market (士林夜市) @ Jiantan Station


4) Braised Pork Rice

Taiwan rice and dishes

Braised pork rice, also known as Lu Rou Fan (鲁肉饭) or Lor Bak Peng is a savoury dish of minced fatty pork on warm white rice. The minced pork, combined with mushroom and shallots, is simmered over low heat in dark soy sauce for long hours or until the meat is tender and thoroughly infused with flavour. The addition of hard boiled braised eggs complements this slightly sweet, salty, aromatic dish.

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