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Taiwanese Food

By Viator, October 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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Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing, Taipei, null
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Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

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Enjoy a tea and sightseeing tour steeped in history from Taipei! Taste tea and explore the Bagua Tea Plantation — the largest in northern Taiwan. Your full-day ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00
Taipei Shilin Night Market Food Tour, Taipei, Cultural Tours
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Taipei Shilin Night Market Food Tour

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Night markets in Taiwan have become famous for their xiaochi, an important category of Chinese food which literally translates to "small eats". Served ...  Read more

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Taipei Food Tour: Ningxia Night Market, Taipei, Food Tours
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Taipei Food Tour: Ningxia Night Market

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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
Michelin-Star Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment, Taipei, Food Tours
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Michelin-Star Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Luxury Chinese Massage Treatment

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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
Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei, Taipei, Dining Experiences
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Private Taiwanese Cooking Class and Market Tour in Taipei

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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

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