Traditional Taipei Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Taipei is complete without tasting the traditional Taipei food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Taipei to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Ba-wan: a sticky gelatinous tapioca dough filled with pork, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, and served with a savory sweet and spicy sauce.
- Chhài-pó͘-nn̄g (菜脯卵): Taiwanese Style preserved white radish omelet.
- Da Bing Bao Xiao Bing (大餅包小餅): bun in a bun. This snack is recommended by many foreign tourists.
- Fresh squid: commonly known as Calamari. One of the most famous snacks of Taipei.
- Liáng bàn huáng guā (涼拌黃瓜): pickled cucumber salad.
- Lu Dan (滷蛋): stewed egg salad.
- Popiah: also known as Lunpiah or Taiwanese Crepes, is a semi-crispy super-thin flour crepe filled with a variety of filling.
- Scallion pancakes (蔥油餅): flour pancake with many thin layers, made with scallions (chopped green onions).
- Shrimp rolls: made with fresh shrimp, minced pork, fish sauce, celery and onions.
- Stinky tofu (臭豆腐, Chou Dou Fu): is a form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor.
- Tōa-tn̂g pau sió-tn̂g (大腸包小腸): small sausage wrapped in big sausage. A Taiwanese snack, common in night market.
- Bah Geng: a thick soup with tofu and surimi coated pork.
- Cuttlefish soup: healthy and delicious soup that is quick and easy to make.
- Eel noodles (鱔魚意麵): Rice eel with Yi mein in a starch thickened sweet and sour soup.
- Gongwan (貢丸米粉): with vermicelli.
- Jiû-hî ke (魷魚羹): thickened soup with cuttlefish covered in fish paste.
- Spicy hotpot (麻辣鍋): includes lots of Chinese herbs and other special materials.
- Taiwanese beef noodle: made of stewed beef, beef broth, vegetables and noodles.
- Taiwanese coleslaw: green scallions, Asian green cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise, honey, rice wine vinegar.
- Ji Rou Fan: a representative dish of Taiwan.
- Koe-á bah (瓜仔肉): steamed pork patty with Taiwanese Style pickled cucumber.
- Ló·-bah-pn̄g (魯肉飯): minced, cubed, or ground fatty pork, stewed in soy sauce and spices, then served on rice.
- Milkfish porridge: a local delicacy.
- Ô-á mī-sòa (蚵仔麵線): or oyster vermicelli, a thickened soup containing small oysters and Chinese vermicelli.
- O· bí-ko (烏米糕): a dish made from pork blood and rice.
- Oden: in Taiwan, the dish is called Heilun/Olun (黑輪) in the Taiwanese language.
- Oyster omelette : an omelette with a filling primarily composed of small oysters
- Sān bēi jī (三杯雞): a chicken dish which literally translates as "three cups chicken".
- Steamed grouper: Taiwanese fish dish.
- Taiwanese crispy fried chicken: small pieces of chicken sprinkled with peppers and herbs.
- Taiwanese Porridge: (粥 zhōu in Mandarin, 糜 beh in Taiwanese) is rice porridge cooked with sweet potato.
- Taiwanese sausage: fatty pork sausages with a sweet taste.
- Tempura: battered and deep fried vegetables or meat.
- Tsao mi fun: Taiwanese rice noodles.
- Xiaolongbao (小笼包) : steamed buns with pork or other fillings
- Ài yù bīng (愛玉冰): a gelatinous dessert, aiyu jelly, made from the seeds of a fig-like fruit, Ficus pumila var.
- Bao bing: finely shaven ice with a variety of toppings.
- Mango Ice: a dessert that can be found in most ice shops in Taipei.
- Ō͘-á-peng (芋仔冰): a dessert made of frozen taro root paste.
- Sian-chháu (仙草): grass jelly.
- Sun cakes (太陽餅): is a popular Taiwanese dessert.
- Taiwanese Orange (柳丁 liŭdīng): is a type of citrus fruit, usually quite sweet.
- Xue-hua-bin (雪花冰): snowflake ice.
- Zukak kway: dough from glutinous rice flour, ground cooked paste of Gnaphalium affine or Mugwort.
- Beef wrap (牛肉捲餅): rice flour wrap filled with beef, cilantro, and lettuce.
- Coffin Sandwich (棺材板): a thick slice of bread with a hollow center filled with a mixture.
- Danzai noodles: is a soupy bowl of noodle with braised pork topping.
- Gua bao: Taiwanese steamed bun sandwiches.
- Candied crabapples: red candy coated bite-sized fruits served on a stick.
- Douhua: sweet silky tofu.
- Fried buns (生煎包): a very famous street snack.
- Fried chicken steak: one of the more popular food items in Taiwan.
- Lu Wei (魯味): an assortment of vegetables and meat that are boiled and served with spices.
- Taiwanese skewers: the meats are lightly flavored with five spice powder.
- Asparagus juice: a very sweet drink tasting like asparagus-flavored sugar water.
- Bubble tea: chewy tapioca balls added to milk tea.
- Carambola juice: is served as a cooling beverage.
- Green tea latte: great tasting drink with numerous health benefits.
- Lei cha (擂茶): pounded tea consisting of a mix of tea leaves and herbs.
- Milk tea: popular Taiwanese drink.
- Papaya milkshake: a thick, cold and refreshing drink.
- Rooibus tea latte: a rooibus tea latte with a sweet pork bread.
- Kaoliang (高粱酒): is a strong distilled liquor, made from fermented sorghum.
- Shaoxing (紹興酒): rice wine.
- Snake Wine (蛇酒): alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol.
- Taiwan beer (台灣啤酒): the beer is served cold and recognized as an especially suitable complement to Taiwanese cuisine, especially seafood dishes.
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