Clouds of white smoke slowly rise into the black sky from dozens of tiny food stalls. The strong smell of fried food, aromatic spices, and sweet-scent drifts through the night air. The place seems so alive with loud pop-music, high-pitched shouts of vendors and sounds of bargaining, laughs. Bright colored signs, neon lights, and lovely red lantern are used to attract customers. Yes, it is a typical night market scene in Taiwan, which is one of the best cities in the world for street food and some of the most exciting street food in Asia. Sampling Taiwanese street food in night market is a popular itinerary for many visitors because this is the best place to experience the country’s culinary diversity that providing a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. It is also a great way for visitors to get in touch with the local culture because no trip to Taiwan is complete without sampling the Taiwanese dishes from the food-stalls after dark.
The street food in Taiwan is delicious, safe and cheap. One should definitely try it! But, there are so many interesting street food options in Taiwan just waiting for you to explore, from the mind-blowing beef noodle soup to the most incredible stinky tofu, what street foods should you try? To help you decide, please continue scrolling down to read about some of the most delicious street foods in Taiwan.
1. Beef Noodle Soup
Beef Noodle Soup is possibly the most iconic dish in Taiwanese cuisine and it has won over many tourists’ hearts. It can be found everywhere from traditional dining restaurants to some random stalls in the night markets. The beef noodle soup heavily packed with umami flavor, flavorful broth, incredibly tender beef pieces and springy noodles. For many travelers to Taiwan, there is none quite as hearty as a good bowl of steaming hot beef noodle soup, especially on cold days.
2. Oyster Omelet
The most popular seafood snack in Taiwan’s night markets is a dish called oyster omelet, which is made with eggs, fresh oysters, tapioca starch, Garland chrysanthemum leaves, and cilantro. And the oyster omelet is eaten with a sweet and spicy ketchup-based sauce. This Taiwanese dish is a favorite dish amongst the locals. Don’t be surprised that it is also on the top of any foodie list for visitors to Taiwan.
3. Taiwanese Fried Chicken
It is an enormous piece of deep-fried Taiwanese chicken steak. You can easily find this delicious and addictive street snack in any of the night markets in Taiwan. Tender white chicken breast is dipped in a special batter and then coated with potato flour before it is deep-fried. And a number of seasonings, such as salt, white pepper, chili, five spice powder, are always sprinkled to give it an exotic flavor. There are a few other variations of the seasoning, included Taiwanese basil, curry, dried laver, plum, garlic, and sugar. Feel free to request a little more seasoning if you prefer stronger taste for your order.
4. Pig’s Blood Cake
Does pig’s blood cake sound like a scary Halloween cake? As a matter of fact, it is a popular Taiwanese night market’s street food, which is made from a combination of sticky rice and hot pig’s blood. And then the pig’s blood cake is cut into rectangular pieces and served on a stick. After that, it is dipped in a combination of soy sauce, hot sauce, and topped with powered peanut and cilantro. What does pig’s blood cake taste like? It tastes like something between rice cake and mocha with a strong meaty flavor. Certainly, you won’t feel that it contains blood at all.
5. Stinky Tofu
Stinky tofu is one of Taiwan’s most bizarre snack. Its pungent aroma has been compared to rotten meat, decaying garbage and smelly feet. While many people are disgusted by the smell of this fermented tofu dish, those who have the courage to actually try it are often won over by this tasty snack. Cubes of fermented tofu are usually deep fried and served with pickled cabbage, a Taiwanese version of kimchi. Although the most popular type of stinky tofu is fried in the night market, you can find boiled, grilled and steamed stinky tofu as well. You should try it at least once during your stay in Taiwan because its smell will probably be a memorable part of your trip.
For many visitors, one of the most enduring memories in Taiwan is seeing the bustling streets side filled with food carts where mouthwatering snacks and bites are served up. Surely, you don’t want to miss out on the chance of having all these delicious street foods for your upcoming trip to Taiwan.