Pearl milk tea, fish soup or seafood are the street foods that “knock you down” at first taste when coming to Taiwan. Let’s explore Taiwanese street foods through this Taiwan street food blog — Top 10 Taiwan street foods you need to try with Living Nomads below.

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Taiwan street food

1. Pearl milk tea in Taipei

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Nowadays, milk tea is like an unofficial religion in Asia

Coming to Taipei, you cannot ignore the night markets, because night market foods are also a quintessential part of the local cuisine. Walking around the famous night markets such as Si Lam Night Market or Gongguan Night Market, you can find delicious and cheap snacks such as dumplings, tofu, seafood, steamed buns, etc. Especially, you definitely should not overlook pearl milk tea, the delicious drink with chewy bobas. You can buy milk tea at many stores such as Chen San Ding.

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This milk-based drink so ubiquitous that it is a must-have in cronies’ meetings
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Crispy pieces of snacks are the loved side dish for milk tea. Image by: taiwan street food 2018 blog.
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In Taiwan, if bubble tea overshadows giants such as KFC or Mc Donald’s, it is super common
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You can exchange with your close friends for more flavours

2. Damsui District Iron Eggs

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Huang launched a new business based on her scrumptious egg recipe, vending them under the brand Apotiedan. Image by: taiwan street food 2017 blog.

Cai Thuy is famous throughout Taiwan for delicious snacks such as fishball soup, crispy fried fish and “iron eggs”. Iron eggs are chicken or pigeons’ eggs stewed in soy sauce and spice for a long time, about a week until they harden and turn black. This dish is very popular, egg white is crunchy and the yolk is super tasty.

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These black eggs are made from chicken, pigeon, or quail eggs. The tasty snack is also a good choice for locals’ meals
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They are ubiquitous in Taiwan and became this country’s pride
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There are many ways to season these eggs – with garlic, garlic with chili, or stewed in strong tea. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.

3. Seafood in Keelung

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Not only fresh but also cheap seafood is sold in Kelung

Coming to Keelung Night Market, you may want to try some of the best selling rice noodles, and seafood stalls. Here you definitely must not miss the rice noodles cooked with seafood soup in Ding Bian Cuo, one of the oldest stalls in the market.

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Big recommend for the deep-fried squid – They are amazingly tasty. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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There are many choices for diners fro crabs, squids to fish
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They are so eye-catching and alluring for the freshness
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Kelung is in adjacent to a huge port, hence it is an endless seafood supplier

4. Stuffed meatballs in Hsinchu

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Meatballs were initially known as meat buns

In the north of Hsinchu, especially in the Chenghuang night market, there are always plenty of try-worthy things like meatball soup, noodles, and stuffed meatballs. You should visit Oyster Omelet Wang to try out oysters and Ah-Cheng Rice Noodles to eat rice noodles and meatballs.

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The dish is in shape of steamed minced pork balls wrapped inside a sticky rice soft cover
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Ba wan is the real name of this dish. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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Depends on regional preferences, the inside is made of baby bamboo or mushrooms

5. Fish ball soup in Chiufen

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Chiufeng is a bit far from Taipei, but it is worth going there. You will be drowned in the world of delicacies including fish ball soup

Chuifen is a beautiful touristy city located in northeastern Taiwan, about one hour drive from Taipei Capital. Coming here, you have to make sure that you must cover up the “combo” of fish ball soup, taro balls, and scrumptious roasted mushrooms.

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Tons of customers cram into the tiny street of Chuifen “hunting” down this gorgeous food. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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Fish pastes are pounded on a daily basis to bring to life chewy texture
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You will feel the robust flours munching on these round balls
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The well-infused bite-size pieces are doing good in conquering even the most discerning eaters. Image credit: taiwan street snack blog.

6. Fried shrimp in Lugang

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These “chubby” mantis shrimps are cleverly cooked into hard-to-resist dishes

Lugang is one of Taiwan’s oldest port towns, specializing in snacks such as oyster omelette or fried shrimp with basil. There are also sweet desserts that are worth a try.

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Not-too-oily crustaceans are extremely crispy
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These foodstuffs are topped with fragrant fried garlic. Image credit: taiwan street snack blog.
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The sweetness of its meat will leave a huge impression on you

7. Tai Yang Bin / Sun cake in Taichung

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Taiyang bing are originally sold as gifts in novelty shops

To Taichung, you will enjoy a kind of cake with a very interesting name: sun cake. This is a very toothsome snack. The flat cake has a crispy crust and titillating fillers made with honey, mashed taro or candied barley.

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It is served with hot tea. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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This sweet dessert is also dissolved in hot water to make congee-like liquid
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Condensed malt sugar was originally used as pie filler of very first ones. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.

8. Danzai Noodle in Tainan

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Why this dish has one and only shrimp on top? Everything has its own story . . .

Tainan, the capital of Taiwan, is famous for its Daizai noodles. This is a type of noodles with minced pork and shrimp. Previously, these noodles were sold from street vendors, but now they are available at luxury restaurants. In addition to danzai, there are other palatable dishes such as milkfish, eel noodles, scallop omelette, and prawn rolls.

The is an interesting story behind the name of this delicious noodle. Danzai means wood stick noodle. Do not get it wrong, it is not related to the stiffness and or the hard-to-swallow quality of the noodles a bit. Also known as the “low” or “slack” season noodle, this is a clever solution made by Taiwanese folks in the southern fishing village. These men carried a hard stick across their shoulders with two attached pots and tried to sell the noodle in lieu of fresh seafood. By that clever way, the villagers successfully made it through the hardship. Hence you know why there is only one shrimp on top of the bowl. Today, this eat redeems its position in Taiwan because mega restaurants show the huge interest in adding this dish to enrich their menus.

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The “wooden stick” noodles have revitalized of late due to restaurants’ preference. Image by: taiwan street food 2018 blog.

Meat and seafood are the two staples of this dish like other Taiwanese noodle soups. The broth contains marine flavors from stewed shrimp heads and fish.

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This dish is from zero to hero – A restaurant-class eat
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To preserve its pure beauty of the hardship period, topping is a mere juicy prawn. Image by: taiwan street food 2017 blog.

9. Bianshi in Hualien

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They are in for of decent size dumplings

Coming to Hualien, there are two foodstuffs you must try – muaji and bianshi. Muaji cake is made of glutinous rice with sweet filler. Bianshi is a kind of won ton with pork and shrimp-based broth. Both of these eats are delicious and loved by many.

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It looks definitely like a won ton with shrimp filling. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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Wonton noodle is a familiar dish in Taiwan

10. Pig blood jelly soup in Taitung

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Pig or pork puddings are the chunks of jelly pig blood

Pig blood jelly soup is a dish of jelly blood cut into small pieces and cooked in broth. This is considered a specialty dish in Taitung. In addition, Taitung is also famous for its delicious custard apple.

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It is thought that this dish is a great choice for those who are short of blood. Photo by: taiwan street food bog.
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Dipped in small bowls of fish sauce, these pieces stoke up all of our senses
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A closer look at this fantastic eat. Image credit: taiwan street snack blog.

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