Must Try Taiwanese Foods

I love Taiwanese food and I will always be in love with it.

My family (my 2 siblings and dad) and I moved to Canada in 2001 and we’ve been living in Canada ever since. So you can imagine how much I miss my family in Taiwan and of course, Taiwanese food.

My must haves consists of the following:

  • Sticky Tofu (臭豆腐) – Fried fermented tofu topped with a mixed sauce, chili sauce and hot and sour cabbage
Taiwanese Stinky Tofu
  • Taiwanese Fried Chicken (盐酥鸡)– Small chunks of deep fried chicken top with white pepper


  • Beef Teppanyaki (鉄板焼) – choice of steak with noodles (mixed with little vegetable and teppanyaki sauce) and topped with a sunny side up egg.


  • Fried Sweet Potato Balls (地瓜球)– mashed sweet potato is fried into a ball form

Taiwanese sweet potato ball

  • Bubble tea (珍珠奶茶) or Handshake Berverages (手摇饮料)
    • Bubble tea is typically made with tapioca and tea mixed with sugar and milk
    • I like getting grass jelly and pudding instead of tapioca – ask for half sugar and half ice
  • Stir fry Rice Noodles (乾板條) – Rice noodles stir fry with some dried onion, chives, meat and bean sprouts
  • Meat Soup with Veggies (肉羹湯) – the soup contains chunks of meat, veggies, and black fungus
  • Cold Mix Salad (涼拌沙拉) – The cold salad mix can be with braised tofu, seaweed and intestines

Stir Fri Rice Noodles, Cold Mix Salad, and Meat Soup with Vegetables

  • Pork Burger (猪肉蛋堡) – Pork burger made with minced pork, carrots and onion, egg, lettuce, ketchup and mayonnaise.
    • Normally paired with a cup of cold milk tea
  • Water Spinach (空心菜) – cook with salt and garlic
    • My absolute favouite vegetable in Taiwan
  • Fried Pastry (銀絲卷) – The deep fried bread comes with condensed milk and crushed peanuts as dipping sauce
  • Grill and Fry Station – you choose the type of snacks/food you want to fry and the option to add garlic, basil and level of spiciness.
  • Braised Pork Rice (滷肉飯) – ground pork marinated and boiled in soy sauce served on top of steamed rice

These are the food/snack I grew up eating and I would not change a thing about my list. My parents always laugh at me because I would turn down the expensive fancy restaurants for some street meat. I didn’t come back to eat stuff I can eat in Canada, I miss the taste of the food I grew up eating.

I did try out 2 awesome traditional restaurants with amazing cuisines and food selections. I will post a separate blog talking specifically about the must try restaurants I love in Taiwan, so stay tuned for my new blog post!


“When we travel, we get to experience food in their authentic way and that is the reason why I will always travel for food.” – Travelbymind



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