Top Taiwan Street Foods You Should Try

Taipei is not just a city packed with sight-seeing sites, many visitors also come to Taipei just to eat. The city is filled with barbecue street vendors, night markets and as well as numerous eateries serving scrumptious food. In between Taiwanese beef noodles, roadside snacks, and old-school breakfast, below is the list of top Taiwan street foods you should try the next time you are in Taipei.

Spring Onion Pancake

Tian Jin Flaky Scallion Pancake
Tian Jin Flaky Scallion Pancake

Also known as a Scallion pancake, is a savory flatbread folded with oil and minced scallions. It is pan-fried which gives it crisp edges yet also a chewy texture. It really tastes good and it’s probably one of our favorite street foods in Taiwan.

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Oyster Mee Sua

Oyster Mee Sua via wikipedia CC
Oyster Mee Sua CC BY-SA 3.0 Taiwan Street Foods You Should Try

This is Taiwanese wheat vermicelli mixed in a tender soup with oysters and pork intestines. This food can also be found in several Taiwanese street food stalls in Singapore but the Taipei version is the best. For those who don’t like oysters, many street food stalls serve plain mee sua, which is just as good.

Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice)

Lu Rou Fan photo by Jzest via Wikipedia CC Taiwan Street Foods You Should Try
Lu Rou Fan By Jzest – Formosa Chang, Kobe, Japan, CC BY-SA 2.5

The minced juicy pork is braised in velvety gravy and then served with a boiled egg on the side. Lu Rou Fan is must try dish if you find yourself in the streets of Taipei. The sauce may vary from pork belly chunks to fat or lean minced pork for varied texture.

Beef Noodles

Beef Noodles at Din Tai Fung
Beef Noodles at Din Tai Fung

Beef noodles in a popular Taiwanese dish. A well braised succulent beef in a big bowl of hot soup broth is irresistible. Beef noodles, or as Taiwanese call it, niou rou mian, is the most favorite dish for the locals in Taipei, to the extent that there is annual Taipei Beef Noodles Festival dedicated to this revered dish.

Ba-wan (Taiwanese meatball)

Ba-wan served with A-jit by Takoradee via Wikipedia CC
Ba-wan served with A-jit By Takoradee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

This dish is prepared by snuggling a meatball inside a delicious spongy steamed skin, then fried and drenched in gravy. The filling includes mushrooms, pork and diced bamboo shoot.

Rice ball

Taiwanese Rice Balls photo by Alpha via Flickr CC
Taiwanese Rice Balls photo by Alpha via Flickr CC

The rice ball comes with different fillings, the common one being crispy you tiao, pickled vegetable (Suan cai), pork floss and an egg, all swathed in nuo mi, sprinkled with sesame seed fragrant. This street dish comes in a plastic sleeve, thus perfect having it to-go.

Flamed grilled beef cubes

Flamed grilled beef cubes by LeeAnnee Chung via FB
Flamed grilled beef cubes by LeeAnnee Chung via FB

The raw beef is grilled using a fire torch then sprinkled with rose salt seasoning, turning it into appetizing succulent beef cubes. The moment you put one of these cubes in your mouth, it will melt to give you beef saps you have never tasted anywhere else.

Deep Fried Milk

Deep fried milk by Jttlui via Flickr CC
Deep fried milk by Jttlui via Flickr CC

This you will only find it in the streets of Taipei. Iced milk cubes are dunked in batter before being deep fried. Deep fried milk is one of the most unique Taiwanese street food, and very delicious too. When served, the fried milk is typically hot so the best way to eat is by taking tiny bites, nevertheless, it will not take away the sweetness.

Smelly / Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu

Don’t let the name, and eventually, the smell put you off. This dish can be smelled before you even see it, and believe me the smell won’t be inviting. Nonetheless, a trip to Taipei will be incomplete without trying smelly tofu. You got to do it.

Grilled Squid

Grilled squid by Rory Finneren via Flickr CC
Grilled squid by Rory Finneren via Flickr CC

The inviting smell of grilled squid can be felt from a mile away. The chewy texture and delicious smell will make you try it more and more.

Small sausage in Big sausage

Small sausage in Big sausage by Birgitcharis17 via Wikipedia CC
Small sausage in Big sausage By Birgitcharis17 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 CC

This was an ingenious work of Taiwanese street food vendors. The big sausage consists of rice molded in a sausage bun, and the small sausage a Taiwanese pork sausage.

Taipei Street Food
Taipei Street Food

How about you? What’s your favorite snack or street food in Taiwan? Feel free to share by posting a comment below.

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