Popular Taiwanese Cuisine
Taiwan is well-known for its delicious and savory food. Below are ten of the most popular dishes throughout the country!
Stinky Tofu - 臭豆腐
Usually sold at night markets, Stinky Tofu is mostly known for its strong and identifiable odor. It is a form of fermented tofu that is usually cooked using secret recipes.
Oyster Omelet - 蚵仔煎
As its name describes, an oyster omelet is an omelet made with eggs and oysters. The texture is soft but sticky and can be eaten with a sweet or spicy sauce.
Stewed Sesame Chicken - 麻油雞
This stew is very popular, especially during the cooler winter months. It’s made with a large amount of rice wine, so the body warms up quickly. New Taiwanese mothers usually drink the soup to help them rebuild their strength and to produce good milk after childbirth. Regardless, everyone loves having the stew on any occasion!
Milk Tea - 珍珠奶茶
One of the most popular desserts in Taiwan, Milk Tea has become a popular snack throughout Asia. Also known as “Pearl Milk Tea”, little tapioca balls are found at the bottom of the tea to provide an extra chewy and delicious flavor.
Taiwanese Meatball Dumplings - 肉圓
The meatballs in this dish are usually made of a pork-base and are wrapped in a jelly-like outer layer. When it is steamed, the outer layer becomes transparent so you can see the pork ball and other vegetables inside.
Salty Fried Chicken - 鹹酥雞
Mostly served at the night markets in Taiwan, this famous street food is for fried-chicken lovers. It can be served by itself or in a meal with rice and other vegetables.
Oyster Vermicelli - 蚵仔麵線
Oyster Vermicelli is a soup dish that has oysters and very thin noodles known as “Chinese vermicelli”.
Coffin Bread - 棺材板
Coffin Bread is known as a true Taiwanese snack that is made from a thick piece of bread that has been fried with a hole in the middle. That hole is filled with a chowder-like soup with ingredients such as: potatoes, pork, and shrimp.
Dachangbao Xiaochang - 大腸包小腸
This popular dish basically consists of a small sausage that is wrapped in a larger sausage. It’s usually served at the night markets and is considered to be a popular snack. Customers can choose which flavor they would like to have from spicy black pepper to sweet chocolate.
Grass Jelly - 仙草
Grass Jelly has a jelly-like consistency. It is made from plant leaves through boiling and oxidation. Green Jelly is usually eaten during hot weather with other fruits and is considered a tasty dessert.