Just like any other destination, Taipei has food spots that are a dime a dozen — from restaurants to sidewalk vendors (a.k.a. street food). You will never go hungry! While some are easy on the pocket, there are establishments that will cost you an arm and a leg… You just have to go around and check the city out.
Whenever I travel, I always opt to go for the “greasy spoon” kind of spots and I have listed here some of my favorites which I would like to share with you all. In case you are planning a trip to Taipei anytime soon, I am sure this quick list will come in handy especially for first timers.
Add an unforgettable food trip during your fun Taipei visit
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
Location: About 70 metres from MRT Jiantan Station between Dadong Road, Danan Road, Wenlin Road and Jihe Road
Beef cubes with himalayan salt, grilled and blowtorched in front of you for only 100TWD or around Php155.
Grilled sausage or Chinese chorizo. This can be found everywhere!
Another shopping area that fashionistas and foodies will be happy to go to (but not as big as the Shilin Night Market) is Ximending. Popularly regarded as the “Harajuku of Taipei” and “Shibuya of Taipei”, this is the center of Taiwan’s fashion with clubs and pubs in the area. This was where I first got immersed in Taipei’s street food.
When looking for street food, make sure to try the Stinky Tofu. Stinky is actually an understatement. It reeks! But just go ahead and try it out and eat it like a local. It’s actually impossible to miss it! The unmistakable smell will draw you to it (or drive you away. LOL!)
Another snack that I enjoyed eating are these Onion Pies which cost 30TWD (Php47) for 3 pcs. I noticed that Taiwan is quite fond of using spring onions. Not complaining, though, because I love spring onions so much and I go ga-ga everytime I see a snack or dish with it.
I know this isn’t the most flattering photo but this Oyster Omelet is so flavorful! A mixture of eggs, sweet potato starch and baby oysters doused with sweet-chili sauce make for a deliciously gooey, sweet-spicy and salty omelet. Another signature Taiwan dish and a night market favorite. Street Food FTW!
When exploring Taipei, schedule a visit to Yongkang St. in Da’an District. It’s another area packed with famous eateries, hole in the wall food spots, chic boutiques and tourists! You’ll know if a restaurant serves good food… They normally have long queues of eager customers by the sidewalk. Thanh-Ky is one of these very in-demand establishments.
I don’t know if Thanh-Ky is the owner of the stall outside it that sells Scallion / Spring Onion Pancakes but everyone was making a beeline for it. For 25TWD or PHP39, you get a hot and flaky pancake that you can happily munch on as you go walk around the area. You can prefer to enjoy it plain or have it with cheese or ham.
Thanh -Ky Location:
No. 1, Lane 6, Yongkang St,
Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
T: +886 2 2322 2765
Apart from the Scallion Pancake in Yongkang, I was able to try another version of this popular street food at the MRT Taipei Main Station. The stall is called, CHIN’S PIZZA.
The texture may differ from Thanh-Ky’s beause Chin’s Pizza is flakier and airy. It’s like eating croissant without going heavy on the butter. I bought this for 45TWD or Php70. Personally, I like this version better than the ones sold at Thanh-Ky.
MRT Taipei Main Station
A MEI TEA HOUSE
Address: A Mei Tea House is located at Jiufen Village in Ruifang District of New Taipei City
According to my little research, A Mei Tea House is about a hundred years old. With its location at the top of the mountain, you get a picturesque view of the Jiufen Village. Make sure to get seats on the 2nd floor if you wish to take pictures.
I’ve read in several online articles that when you order a tea set, they will actually serve it with a simple ceremony. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to experience it, but the lunch we had was absolutely superb.
I know I said earlier that I am posting some of the affordable food spots, but when you to be exploring Taipei, one must include DIN TAI FUNG on their list.
No. 194, Section 2,
T: +886 2 2321 8928
DIN TAI FUNG
In 1972, Din Tai Fung was reborn as a dumpling and noodle restaurant. Since then, Din Tai Fung has received numerous awards and accolades. Just like in Manila, Din Tai Fung has a very organized line queuing process. You first approach the receptionist, then you are handed a menu and an order sheet with your number. While filling up your order sheet, all you have to do is wait for your number to be flashed on the digital screen which means it’s your turn to be led into the restaurant and be served.
Diners come and go in an organized manner, making it easier to maneuver your way around the restaurant. Two thumbs up! Just one drawback, though… There aren’t any chairs for you to sit on while waiting outside.
We only ordered what Din Tai Fung is famous for – Pork Xiao Long Bao.
These identical dumplings are carefully handcrafted using a silky smooth dough and filled with premium minced pork and pork soup giving you an exquisite flavor in every bite. To complete the experience, mix some soy and rice vinegar and dip your XLB. Heaven! It is served piping hot so be extra careful.
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