Updated: Feb 28
Street foods are prominent in pretty much every Asian culture, but of course, with each culture/location comes different delicacies and varieties. Because three of our four members are Taiwanese (who all just so happen to hail from the city of Kaohsiung!), we of course could not miss out on this opportunity to tell you about some of their favorites! Plus, a bonus personal favorite from our travel foodie Jen who can't stop coming back to Taiwan (5x and counting 🤪). Hope you all enjoy!
Hsiang-Yu’s must-try picks:
1. QQ Eggs (QQ蛋) One of the must-eat snacks in Taiwan (and Hsiang-Yu's personal favorite ✌🏼). QQ eggs are made from sweet potatoes and tapioca flour. It is always freshly deep-fried in front of the customers when ordered which makes it all the more amazing.
2. Xiao Long Bao (小籠包) These famous steamed soup dumplings are a must-try food if you visit Taiwan✨ Although xiao long bao can be found all over the world, the recipes differ from one to another. The world-famous franchise, Din Tai Fung, originated from Taiwan and has since received a Michelin star in 2010.
3. Beef Noodle Soup (牛肉麵) Tender stewed or braised beef, a rich broth, fresh noodles, and some veggies; these are the key ingredients for a delicious beef noodle soup. People usually think of Taipei when it comes to this dish but each city in Taiwan actually has its own local famous beef noodle soup. And here’s one from our hometown of Kaohsiung! 🍲
Claire’s must-try picks:
4. Shaved Ice (剉冰🍧) There is no shaved ice like the ones in Taiwan! A huge bowl of ice forming a tiny snow mountain, filled with toppings of your choosing. The list of toppings on the menu is endless, but one of the most famous topping combinations is definitely mango + condensed milk — how can you even say no to that?
5. "Frog Egg" Drink (青蛙下蛋) Don't be intimidated by the name of the drink, the "frog egg" drink can be considered as the earlier form of brown sugar boba tea. About 40 years ago, the person who started the place named it the "Frog Egg" drink because he thought this tapioca looks like the frog eggs he played with when he was little. If you ever visit Taipei's Shihlin night market you mustn't miss out!
6. Taiwanese Egg Crepe / Dan Bing (蛋餅) Taiwan is a place blessed with street foods from dawn till dusk. There are so many different traditional breakfast options but dan bing is Claire's absolute favorite 🧡The most basic form of dan bing is just eggs wrapped inside a thin crepe, but nowadays you can see more variations to it — chicken, cheese, tuna, and more!
Cindy’s must-try picks:
7. Yanshui Noodles (鹽水意麵) One of the must-have noodles in Taiwan. Yanshui is a town in Tainan City but Yanshui Noodles is served at a lot of places in Taiwan (not just limited to Tainan). This type of noodle is special because it uses more egg in the recipe, which replaces some of the water that’s needed in making the dough. It’s topped with braised, minced pork with a few thin slices of pork as well. At this location, in particular, you HAVE to try their house-made chili sauce with your noodles, which adds plenty of flavor without making it that spicy.
8. Taiwanese style Lu Wei (滷味) It’s a braised style dish where you pick your favorite meat, veggies, noodles, and/or fish cakes. These will be cooked and put into one bowl right in front of you. It’s like a poke bowl where you handpick whatever you like but the difference is that they braised it with savory broth. It can be a meal, a midnight snack, and so many more. You can find it almost everywhere you go in Taiwan, and here’s one from Kaohsiung!
9. Cold Noodles (涼麵) This is not the typical cold noodles you see in the states. It is topped with sesame sauce, sweet soy sauce, garlic puree, and shredded zucchini. It’s one of the must-haves, especially in the summertime.
Jen's personal favorite:
10. Taiwanese-style Crispy Crepe
The Taiwanese crispy crepe is a twist on the French classic crepe. A large crepe cooked until crispy, often filled with sauces such as salty butter, chocolate sprinkles, peanut butter, or shredded cheese with ham, and then folded it. It’s typically sold across various night markets in Taiwan and your order is always made fresh!