Taiwanese food is delicious. Sure, stinky tofu might not be everyone’s go-to snack, but there’s so much more to the cuisine than first meets the eye. Similar to the street eats you may find here in Honkers, expect stalls brimming with grilled seafood on sticks, bowls of beef broth and my personal fave, ‘Gua Bao.’ Taiwan’s answer to the humble hamburger. Scoff down slabs of pork belly sandwiched between fluffy buns and filled with greens, crushed peanuts and sweet soy sauce.
There are endless food offerings available in Taipei. Great grub is available on every corner of the city, but if you’re looking for a real foodie adventure, grab the gang and spend the entire evening hopping from one night market to another. Probably the most popular, Shi Lin Night Market is the largest (conveniently located opposite to Jian Tan MRT stop on the red line) and will require a good scout of all the stalls before deciding on your dinner! But don’t forget to check out some of the smaller markets too; open-aired and frequented by the local crowd, there are some real gems to be found. You can’t visit without biting the bullet and ordering up a batch of Stinky Tofu Fries (you’ve got to try just one!) but don’t skip passed the ‘Ice Cream Runbing’ either. Soft spring roll papers stuffed with candied peanuts, vanilla ice cream and coriander this is one sweet and savoury snack to enjoy on your way home.
Food is undoubtedly one of the best ways to immerse yourself in a culture, so don’t be afraid to duck in to a cute café or scoop up a batch of fried chicken from a corner counter. From boozy brunches to decadent hotel buffets (Irodori at the Grand Hyatt Taipei is a must!), order yourself a traditional milk tea and dig in!
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