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Food Lover's Guide to Taipei

Food Lover's Guide to Taipei

It's tempting to think that Taiwanese food is the same as that of mainland China, but that's not the case. Influences from around Asia—particularly the aboriginal and Chinese minority groups who immigrated to Taiwan—have led to the evolution of a culinary scene characterized by a love of eating often and eating well.Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

You might smell one of Taiwan's most famous dishes before you see it. Stinky tofu gets its name from the odor caused by fermentation, but don't let the smell fool you—it's delicious. The Taiwanese also love seafood and eggs, sometimes together, which is the case with oyster omelettes, a savory night market favorite. One dish that is heavily influenced by Mainland China is Taiwan's famous beef noodle soup, or niu rou mian, which is especially comforting during the colder winter months, while another favored comfort food is lu rou fan, a bowl of rice topped with braised and chopped pork belly with an aromatic five-spice sauce. When you get thirsty, be sure to wash it all down with some Taiwanese bubble milk tea.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Check out Taipei's snack streets and Shilin Night Market on a food tour that includes samples of the best bites from the most popular food stalls.

  • Indulge in a Michelin-starred meal with dinner at Din Tai Fung in the iconic Taipei 101, where you'll eat your fill of burst-in-your-mouth soup dumplings.

  • Try tofu at Shenken Old Street in New Taipei.

  • Tour the picturesque Bagua Tea Plantation, the largest of its kind in northern Taiwain.

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Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

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Combine a full day of sightseeing with Taiwanese tea tasting in Taipei. Take a ride on the Maokong Gondola, get the opportunity to meet highly skilled local tea experts who will teach you how to steep the perfect pot of tea and stop at a lookout point above Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake). You’ll visit the picturesque Bagua Tea Plantation. Numbers are limited to 7 people for more personalized attention from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment

Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment

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Receive the ultimate treatment with a 50-minute Chinese foot-and-shoulder massage at a luxury Taipei spa, followed by dinner at Din Tai Fung, a Michelin-rated chain restaurant at Taipei 101. You’ll be pampered from head to foot before an award-winning meal of 'xiao long bao' — Shanghai dumplings filled with soup — prepared by expert chefs. This small-group experience is limited to seven people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

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Learn the ins and outs of Taiwanese cuisine from an expert chef during a small-group cooking session, held at a professional demonstration kitchen. Your experience includes a visit to Dongmen Market for fresh ingredients, followed by the preparation of three delicious dishes. Practice a variety of cooking methods in this hands-on class creating various Taiwanese dishes (exact menu depends on the day). Bonus: enjoy your creations for lunch!
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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