Food in Taiwan has been known for its deliciousness. And of course, food in Taiwan can be the most delicious food in the world for the locals. If you have not tried it, you should give it a try. If you are in Taiwan, you are lucky to have the most authentic food around you; if you are abroad, you should give it a try around your area. But we will not be able to guarantee the same taste as that in Asia.
Today, I would like to share three really famous dishes, one drink and one my favorite food in Taiwan.
Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐)
When it comes to Taiwan, I believe stinky tofu is one of the most “controversial” food among foreigners. Taiwanese love it even though it really stinks. Foreigners are usually not willing to give it a try due to its smell. Some tried and do not like it while others tried and fell in love with it. I usually use it as a yardstick to see how well a foreigner is blended into Taiwanese society or at least into Chinese eating culture.
Bubble Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶、珍奶)
Bubble milk tea, also known as pearl milk tea has been a craze in recent years at home and abroad. It was invented in the 1980s in Taiwan and later was spread all over the world. So it is literally “The Pride of Taiwan”. I can now try different brands of bubble milk tea even when I travel to Thailand, the Philippines, United Kingdom and Canada and several other countries in the world. Most people love it simply because tapioca balls (珍珠) or Boba (波霸) are too chewy to resist and I am no exception. However, I do have friends who do not enjoy too many tapioca balls in their drink. If you are one of them, you are not alone.
Taiwanese are so crazy about bubble milk tea, especially among younger generation. It is not uncommon to see people order a cup after their lunch and have it while walking back to the office or riding a scooter. If you happen to be traveling in Taiwan, do not forget to indulge yourself with a cup of milk tea with chewy tapioca balls .
Braised Pork Rice (滷肉飯)
Braised pork rice is also very famous in Taiwan. Lots of travelers in Taiwan and foreigners who are living in Taiwan have fell in love with this dish. Basically, ground pork will be marinated and boiled in soy sauce and then served on top of steamed rice. Feeling mouth-watering now? This is also a must-try dish if you do eat pork when traveling, studying or living in Taiwan.
Beef Noodles (牛肉麵)
Based on my personal experience, most of my foreign friends in Taiwan are totally in love with beef noodles. Beef noodle can be roughly divided into two main types: red-braised beef noodles (紅燒牛肉麵) and clear broth beef noodles (清燉牛肉麵). I believe red-braised beef noodles are more popular in Taiwan but clear broth beef noodles are very delicious too.
As an agriculture society before, there are still lots of people in Taiwan who do not eat beef. They believe that we should not eat beef as buffaloes helped farmers plough farmland. In this case, you can choose to eat vegetarian tomato beef noodles in which you can see chucks of tomatoes soaked in tomato broth. It is a great alternative as well.
Taiwanese Pork Chop with Rice (排骨飯)
Taiwanese pork chop with rice is my personal favorite. I do not think it is super popular among foreigners. But I tend to have it as my lunch three times a week. If you have never heard of it or have not tried it, I highly recommend you to give it a try. You might fall in love with this dish eventually.
Before We Go
So there are three famous dishes, one famous drink and one my personal favorite dish that I would like to share with you today. When you travel to Taiwan, do not just purchases lots of souvenirs and take lots of photos home. Make sure you stop by at some popular restaurants, roadside stands and even small eateries hidden in lanes. Bring some memory of delicious food with you back home as well.
Have you ever tried anyone of the dishes listed above? If not, which one are you most interested in trying? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us below. See you next post. Enjoy the food paradise in Taiwan.