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Taiwanese Food

By Viator, September 2016

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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

Tours & Tickets

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Yung-Kang District Religious Site Tour With Michelin Star Lunch In Taipei, Taipei, null
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Yung-Kang District Religious Site Tour With Michelin Star Lunch In Taipei

Yung-Kang district is the place near Da-An Forest Park, the lung of Taipei city, an eco-park with plenty of trees. It is the place combined with many ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00
Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei, Taipei, Food Tours
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Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Prepare Taiwanese cuisine with an experienced instructor during a private 5-hour cooking lesson. Before class, a knowledgeable private chef leads you through ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.90
Taipei Like a Local: Indoor Shrimp Fishing and Karaoke, Taipei, Cooking Classes
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Taipei Like a Local: Indoor Shrimp Fishing and Karaoke

Want to feel like a local in Taipei? During a 4-hour tour, you can experience two favorite pastimes in urban Taiwan: indoor shrimp fishing and karaoke. This ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Michelin-Star Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment, Taipei, Cultural Tours
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Michelin-Star Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Treat your feet to a luxurious 50-minute Chinese foot massage, followed by dinner at a Michelin-rated chain restaurant at Taipei 101. Kick off the evening at ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
3-Hour Taipei Food Walking Tour At Nanjichang Night Market, Taipei, Dining Experiences
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3-Hour Taipei Food Walking Tour At Nanjichang Night Market

Are you ready to taste the most unique, most authentic cuisine Taipei has to offer? Check out the streets of Taipei, stopping at the most interesting stands, ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Private Evening Walking Tour to Taipei 101 including Dinner and Foot Massage, Taipei, Food Tours
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Private Evening Walking Tour to Taipei 101 including Dinner and Foot Massage

This 5-hour walking tour takes you to see many city attractions of Taipei Eastern area, such as Forty-Four South Village and the world famous Taipei 101 ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Taipei Food Tour: Ningxia Night Market, Taipei, Walking Tours
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Taipei Food Tour: Ningxia Night Market

4 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

This small-group Taipei food tour, limited to 12 people, gives you an authentic taste of delectable Taiwanese cuisine at Ningxia Market. Walk through the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2-3 hours

From USD $52.00
Danshui in One Day: History, Food and Night Market Walking Tour, Taipei, Food Tours
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Danshui in One Day: History, Food and Night Market Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 338 Reviews

Discover the heritage and history of Danshui (also known as Tamsui, Damshui, Danshuei, and Tamshui) on a cultural walking tour, including the floating ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Private Walking Day Tour in Ximending Area including Hot Pot Dinner, Taipei, Walking Tours
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Private Walking Day Tour in Ximending Area including Hot Pot Dinner

In this 8-hour walking tour, you will visit the old Western side of Taipei in the morning and discover the multicultural Ximending district in the afternoon. ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00
Taipei Night Tour including Din Tai Fung Dinner, Taipei, Full-day Tours
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Taipei Night Tour including Din Tai Fung Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 204 Reviews

Taipei comes alive at night and the city is a buzzing. This 3.5-hour night tour of Taipei starts with exploring the ancient Longshan Temple, stroll through the ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.99

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