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Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.

Taipei is a great place for you to sample a variety of delicious and interesting local delights. All night markets are open till late (12pm) having its own unique character and signature dish. And on many streets, there is a stretch of endless interesting food stalls. Obviously, Taipei is a truly heaven for tourist to experience special cuisine and culture. Here's a list of the MUST try snacks available in Taiwan.

1. Shallot Pancake – 蔥抓餅

A Shallot pancake is a Chinesesavory, unleavened flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions (green onions). Then it is pan fried then served with a light brush of sweet and salty sauce that tasted like the okonomiyaki BBQ sauce.The Taiwanese version of shallot pancake is like a hybrid between Malaysian roti and a Japanese okonomiyaki.

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Photo by CatieBaumerSchwalb

Where to eat.

You can have the best one at Tian Jin Shallot Pancake at YongKang Street. Be prepared to join the queue.

Yongkang St

No. 24-26, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Yong Kang Street is a dining destination in Taipei. It is located on Section 2 of Xinyi Road in Taipei Daan District

2. Big sausage wraps small sausage – 大腸包小腸

Taiwanese sausage is one of the best snack food on a stick. It’s full of sweet and salty fatty goodness but not air dried, so the sausage is still bounce-off-the-teeth springy on every bite. The small meaty sausage is indeed wrapped inside a big sausage along with cucumber and pickled vegetables.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by danielfooddiary.com

Where to eat

Deluxe versions are available in night markets in Taiwan, with condiments such aspickledbokchoi, garlic, wasabi and thick soy sauce paste to complement the taste

Raohe Street Tourists Night Market

Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, 105, Taiwan
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Raohe Street Night Market is the very first night market in Taiwan. Its public facilities and managerial capacity are well maintained and developed.


Shilin Night market

Shilin Night Market, 111, Taiwan, 台北市士林區大東路
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:00 PM

The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. It is separated into two major sections. One sector covers the streets surro

3. Pearl Milk Tea – 珍珠奶茶

The pearl milk tea (or bubble tea or pearl iced tea) is an extremely popular drink that you can find almost everywhere in Taiwan. If you are going to try pearl milk tea in Taiwan, you should visit Chun Shui Tang tea houses. What makes Chun Shui Tang’s pearl milk tea still one of the best in Taiwan is because everything is freshly made daily.The freshness is their successful key. Particularly, the sugar syrup is made from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, boiled down to thick syrup with no preservative added, and the little chewy pearls are also made from fresh tapioca starch.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by www.groupon.co.uk

Where to eat

You can also learn how to make pearl milk tea at any of the Chun Shui Tang tea houses in Taichung. Group booking price is at 400NT (AU$16.90) per person.


Chun Shui Tang (Taipei Nanjing Branch)

No. 182號, Section 4, Nanjing E Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Opening time: 08:30 AM - 23:00 PM

Chun Shui Tang has an original selection of milk tea and food that everyone wants to drop by once in their life.

4. Grandma’s Rice Ball – 古早味阿婆飯糰

There is a Grandma who has been selling her traditional rice balls for over 20 years at Ningxia night market and locals are always eager to line up for it. The rice ball is stuffed with meat floss, mustard greens, pickled veg, chilli (optional) and crushed fried breadstick/Chinese doughnut.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by www.lovefromthekitchen.com

Where to eat

For merely AU$1.70 (40NT), the rice ball will fill you up nicely. This particular snack can only be found at the Ningxia Night Market and is located just off the road where many eager locals are seen lining up.

Ningxia Nightmarket

Ningxia Night Market, Ningxia Rd, Datong District Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Located by the Datong District traffic circle, this night market offers a nostalgic retreat to the Taipei of earlier years. The snack stalls and other shops here are kno

5. Baked Pepper Pork Bun – 胡椒餅

The black pepper bun is a pork/black pepper mixture. These buns are baked on the wall of a clay oven like a tandoor, the pastry is crusty and inside each bun is filled with piping hot fatty pork meat spiced with white and black pepper accompanied by chopped spring onions. Vendors will add other spices.The difference is the meat filling. At Raohe night market, the pork filling has a good black pepper taste, the meat is tender, and the outside bread shell is crispy yet chewy.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by danielfooddiary.com

Where to eat

This little gem might be a little bit difficult to track down unless you know where to find them, but it definitely worth that extra effort to hunt them down. It’s not far from Longshan Temple, at the corner of Kangding Road and Guangzhou Street for only 30NT (Au$1.30) each.


Raohe Street Tourists Night Market

Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, 105, Taiwan
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Raohe Street Night Market is the very first night market in Taiwan. Its public facilities and managerial capacity are well maintained and developed.

6. Fried Oyster Omelette – 蚵仔煎

It’s said thata trip to Taiwan is not complete without trying this signature dish – fried oyster omelette. This omelette isn’t your typical western style omelette as it doesn’t just rely on egg, but the addition of flour and water, makes up almost half of the omelette itself. To balance out the oysters, fresh leafy vegetables are added to complete the omelette along with a side the ‘secret’ sauce.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by aromacookery.com

Where to eat

You can try the oyster omelette at a shop (Oyster Omelette King – 蚵仔煎大王) at Ningxia Night Market, which claimed to be the best one in the area.


Ningxia Nightmarket

Ningxia Night Market, Ningxia Rd, Datong District Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Located by the Datong District traffic circle, this night market offers a nostalgic retreat to the Taipei of earlier years. The snack stalls and other shops here are kno

7. Mango shaved ice (and other flavours)

Best way to beat the summer heat in Taiwan is to grab some shaved ice cream, mango flavor. The mango shaved ice is a bowl of shaved ice topped with fresh mangoes, mango ice cream, and sometimes a sweet mango sauce. The bowl looks huge but it's mostly just ice. They are great shared and perfect on a hot summer day.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by vanfoodies.com

Where to eat

Ice Monster is a famous mango shaved ice restaurant in Taipei City. Although mango and other flavored shaved ice can be found almost anywhere, Ice Monster has become a must visit for travelers and locals alike. You can find Smoothie House at YongKang Street which is overcrowded.


Yongkang St

No. 24-26, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Yong Kang Street is a dining destination in Taipei. It is located on Section 2 of Xinyi Road in Taipei Daan District

8. Peanut toffee and ice cream spring roll – 花生捲冰淇淋

Peanut toffee with taro ice cream spring roll is a great Taiwanese snack food. It is amazing to watch the vendor shaving the big block of peanut toffee using a carpenter wood shaver. The shavings are sprinkled over the crepe before topping it with two scoops of taro ice cream then rolled it up like a spring roll. It is incredible delicious with the combo of crunchy peanut toffee and the icy taro ice cream.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by bunniebar.com

Where to eat

If you are shopping in the Ximending area, you will find a food cart right outside Uniqlo shop selling this awesome ice cream.

9. Braised Minced Pork Rice & Beef Noodle Soup – 滷肉飯& 牛肉麵

Lu Rou Fan is a very simple dish of minced pork braised in soy sauce then served on top of a bowl of steamed rice. Usually it comes with some pickles to cut through the richness, and sometimes you will also get half a braised soy egg as well. Every country has its own version of beef noodle soup, the Taiwanese version comes with chunks of slow-cooked tender beef briskets served with a big bowl of egg noodle and pickled vegetables in hearty broth.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by www.sugarednspiced.com

Where to eat

You can be able to find these two classic Taiwanese dishes at any night market and you simply have to try them. The best beef noodle soup can be found at YongKang Street.


Yongkang St

No. 24-26, Yongkang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 00:00 AM - 23:55 PM

Yong Kang Street is a dining destination in Taipei. It is located on Section 2 of Xinyi Road in Taipei Daan District


Shida Night Market

Shida Night Market Lane 44, Taishun St, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Shida Night Market is one of the most popular night markets in Taipei for its wide variety of fashionable clothing, complete selection of local snacks, as well as exotic restaurant


Raohe Street Tourists Night Market

Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, 105, Taiwan
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Raohe Street Night Market is the very first night market in Taiwan. Its public facilities and managerial capacity are well maintained and developed.

10. Herbal Tea & White Bitter Gourd Juice

This might not be for everyone, but if you find yourself getting a fever, cold or stomach pain, then you might want to hit Xichang Street for some herbal remedy. There are drinks for sore throat, cold, stomach ache, detoxing, better skin complexion and even slimming. They also sell succulent, not for growing, but eating as it also meant to be good for your health.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by Miki Shibata

Where to eat

At Ximending, you can find white bitter gourd juice. There is a variety of bitter gourd there.

11. Penis shaped waffle – 大雕燒

Penis shaped waffle! You can find these waffles at the Ningxia Night Market but apparently the main shop at Shihlin Night Market offers more than just waffle including penis shaped waffle with hotdog on a stick and penis shaped ice cream! They aren’t cheap at 280NT (AU$11.80) for two in a box.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by www.atablefortwo.com.au

Where to eat:

Ningxia Night Market and Shihlin Night Market are places to enjoythe unique Penis shaped waffle


Ningxia Nightmarket

Ningxia Night Market, Ningxia Rd, Datong District Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Located by the Datong District traffic circle, this night market offers a nostalgic retreat to the Taipei of earlier years. The snack stalls and other shops here are kno


Shilin Night market

Shilin Night Market, 111, Taiwan, 台北市士林區大東路
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:00 PM

The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. It is separated into two major sections. One sector covers the streets surro

12. GuaBao – 刈包

They called it the “Taiwanese hamburger”, GuaBao, literally means ‘slashed open bun’ is definitely one of the best snack food in Taiwan. Traditionally, the bun is filled with either shredded fatty pork meat or thick slices of pork belly, accompanied by pickled vegetables, crushed peanuts and coriander.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by ladyandpups.com

Where to eat

These buns can be found at most night markets, but 藍家割包 (lanjia guar bao) at Roosevelt Road in Zhongzen District claimed to make the best one.


Lan Jia Gua Bao restaurant

Lan Jia Gua Bao, No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt Road, Taipei City
Opening time: 11:00 AM - 20:00 PM

Lan Jia is widely regarded as having the best guā bāo (刮包) in Taiwan. Gua Bao is a must try food to complete your trip in Taiwan.

13. Fried Chicken Cutlet – 炸雞排

Chicken Cutlet is one of the most popular street foods in Taiwan. Taiwanese fried chicken is soaked in special sauce before frying, and its taste is mixed with spicy pepper and aromatic herbals, and the meat quality is tender and juicy; it is of its own kind other from common western style fried chicken.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by thedailydish.us

Where to eat

You should go to Hot Star for the original oversized fried chicken cutlet. You can ask for any seasonings you like on the chicken. Hot Star is originally only a small counter in Shilin Night Market.


Shilin Night market

Shilin Night Market, 111, Taiwan, 台北市士林區大東路
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:00 PM

The Shilin Night Market is one of the well-organized and most popular night markets. It is separated into two major sections. One sector covers the streets surro

14. Ai-yu fig jelly drink – 愛玉冰

Ai-yu fig jelly drink is a very refreshing summer drink.The jelly is not exactly what you think it is, there are no gelatin or agar-agar added, the jelly is made from the gel from the seeds of a variety of fig found in Taiwan and East Asian countries of the same climates and latitudes. The jelly itself hardly taste of anything, it takes on the flavor of whatever it’s served with. The Ai-yu jelly drink is typically a sweet longan drink with some shaved ice and the jelly on top.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.Photo by abon from Taiwan

Where to eat

You can find Ai-yu fig jelly drink in many Taipei night markets

Shida Night Market

Shida Night Market Lane 44, Taishun St, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Shida Night Market is one of the most popular night markets in Taipei for its wide variety of fashionable clothing, complete selection of local snacks, as well as exotic restaurant


Raohe Street Tourists Night Market

Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei, 105, Taiwan
Opening time: 17:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Raohe Street Night Market is the very first night market in Taiwan. Its public facilities and managerial capacity are well maintained and developed.

15. Offals and Duck Heads

Watching how to prepare this dish, you can see the owner deep fry it, chop it up then sprinkle with hot chillypepper powder. The duck skin iscaramelised and surprisingly sweet from a soy sugar glaze, there are some meat on the neck and plenty of bones to gnaw on.There is a lot of other snack food in Taiwan. It cost me NT70 (AU$3) for a duck head.

Top 15 must - try street foods and where to eat in Taipei.

Photo by www.atablefortwo.com.au

Where to eat

You can find Offals and Duck Heads in many street vendor in Taipei night markets


Ningxia Nightmarket

Ningxia Night Market, Ningxia Rd, Datong District Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Located by the Datong District traffic circle, this night market offers a nostalgic retreat to the Taipei of earlier years. The snack stalls and other shops here are kno


Shida Night Market

Shida Night Market Lane 44, Taishun St, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening time: 18:00 PM - 23:55 PM

Shida Night Market is one of the most popular night markets in Taipei for its wide variety of fashionable clothing, complete selection of local snacks, as well as exotic restaurant

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My name’s Catherine, you can call me Kate. I love animals, writing and travelling.I started my Asian journey since 2003; and I have been nearly 20 countries so far. The more I go, the more I fall in love with this incredible continent. It has a unique beauty and distinctive culture that never fully explored. This’s why there are many countries I still keep coming back over and over again. I’m here to share with you my fun, sad or even scared memory on my backpacking trails. Hope it works on you!

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