Another 10 Foods You Ought to Try in Taiwan

Due to the popularity of my last post on Taiwanese food, 10 Foods You Must Try in Taiwan, I have decided to write an article detailing 10 more of the best foods to try while you are in Taiwan. So, without further ado…
1. Oyster pancakes- Sorry Aunt Jemima, we won’t be needing any syrup up on these pancakes! Made with eggs and fresh oysters, these are one night market snack you have to try!
2. Bolo bread- Best when fresh out of the oven and filled with butter, this warm, tasty treat is just what the doctor ordered…on second though, don’t mention it to your doctor, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt you!
3. Saweima- Hailing from the middle east, Saweima is another food that is not ethnically Tawanese, though you can find it in night markets all over the island. This simple, yet elegant dish is prepared by slicing slivers of chicken from a spit, adding onions, lettuce and several other possible toppings like pepper, ketchup and mayonnaise and then scorching the bread until its nice and crispy. Many stands also have the option to add cheese or an egg for an extra charge. You can usually get them for 40 NT, and some places have special prices for buying three at a time.
4. Grilled squid- Most Westerners are slightly taken aback when they first see this dish, but trust me, it’s delicious! Grilled squid can sometimes be a little pricey, but it’s worth it.
5. Digua Qiu- Holy chewy, fried balls Batman! These sweet potato balls are awesome. Just make sure that you don’t forget to sprinkle (pour in my case) on some sour plum powder. It makes for a great contrast of flavors!
6. Wild-boar sausage- How’s it shakin bacon? This ain’t your run of the mill sausages. Boar meat is a lot leaner than regular old pork, and has a unique flavor that you you really must try, especially glazed in Taiwanese BBQ sauce, yum!
7. Kao digua- There was a time when Chinese families ate rice only as a luxury, and survived off of the humble sweet potato as a major staple of their diet. Well, nowadays people still eat it, because its both delicious and nutritious, and especially good to eat during the winter! The price will vary depending on the weight, but rest assured, you’ll get a full belly with change to spare!
8. Oyster noodles- Oh a mi swa is the name for this dish in Taiwanese, and that is what you will hear people call it, even if they don’t speak Taiwanese well! The dish consists of oysters and mian xian, a thin, clear kind of noodle. It is commonly served with pigs blood cake and pig intestines, so not for the feint of heart!
9. Luogen mian- My namesake, this is one tasty dish! It consists of pork that is mixed with flour into log-like shapes, noodles and a thick, sticky soup. It’s delicious and will only run you around 45 NT.
10. Tianbula- Fried, grilled or boiled, get it however you can! This delicious dish is made from fish and flour and it is not to be missed!

8 thoughts on “Another 10 Foods You Ought to Try in Taiwan

  1. ashkaufen

    Kudos to you for opening your mind and mouth to the wonders of local cuisine. It’s not every day one sees a white westerner gleefully chomping away on a grilled squid in the night market. Or slurping down a bowl of ‘oa mis sua’ (which is actually available oyster only, without bowels, though many prefer to mix it.) I can’t resist asking- do you like stinky tofu? I am one of the western weirdos who does. This is perhaps the most controversial, if not most outright loathed and despised local foods among foreigners. Including the Japanese! In some cases it leads to people avoiding the night market all together, as they simply cannot tolerate the smell.

    The pork soup you describe sounds a lot like a 羹 gēng, meaning “thick soup.” My favorite type of gēng contains squid and is usually served at night market stalls that sell 米粉 mǐ fěn, fried rice noodles. Since I don’t eat meat, I usually skip the rice noodles and only order soup. My Tw husband introduced me to this dish, now I’m hooked. As a pescaterian I eat seafood and fish (and of course onions, garlic and green onions). Taiwan has been rather accommodating to my peculiar habits!

    Have you ever eaten 包子 bāozi? These steamed, filled buns are so delicious when you get them fresh out of the bamboo steamer. My favorite is the 素菜包 sù cài bāo, but I’ve had friends who are fans of the various meat fillings. “It tastes like a hamburger.” You can also get black sesame 芝麻 zhī ma, peanut 花生 huā shēng, and innumerable other fillings. There’s a great little shop on Shida Road that sells them.

    1. loganmurphy1984 Post author

      Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I love it all! Not really anything I haven’t tried food-wise in Taiwan…I miss Taiwanese cuisine now that my wife and I are back in the states!


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