Taipei is a city that’s serious about food. From cheap and cheerful to sophisticated and spicy, the cuisine of this popular city is distinctive, bold and diverse--just like its people! And while it’s hard to go wrong in a place where people love to eat, tucking into these three dishes will ensure you leave Taipei stuffed and satisfied.
Braised Pork Rice
Locals love this basic dish so much that the Taipei government championed a “braised pork rice is ours” campaign in 2013 to stake claim to this incredibly popular meal. Salty, sweet and a little bit spicy, the best example of its kind can be found at Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan, at 10 Roosevelt Road, Section 1 in Taipei. Spices, a thick tangy sauce and finely chopped but still fatty pork are all piled on a bed of piping hot rice and served to patrons whose mouths water at the site of this hearty, homey food.
Xiaolongbao (Shanghai Dumpling)
These traditional steamed buns from the Jiangnan region of China are popular among locals in Taiwan, and no place does them better than Din Tai Fung. The original branch of this iconic xiaolongbao shop is located at Xinyi Road near the corner of Yong Kang Street. Travelers and residents line up for bamboo baskets of piping hot dumplings filled with steaming pork, crab and salty roe.
Sure, it sounds simple, but this traditional dessert is among the favorites here in Taipei, and no one leaves the city without at least one serving of this sweet frozen treat. Locals love the frosty mountains served up at Yong Kang, located at 15 Yong Kang Street. Friendly staff members serve cool piles of traditional shaved ice topped with real fresh fruit, like mangoes, strawberries and coconut. It’s a refreshing way to end a spicy local meal or to cool off from the city heat.