Taiwan Street Food – Taipei I

the first part of my absence was spent gallivanting around Taiwan for a week, which saw me gorging on the much talked-about taiwanese cuisine. we roughly knew what we wanted to try based on the many tv shows we have seen introducing their yummy looking food. and i’ll start off with the food in Taipei (台北), the capital itself.

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my first bite in Taipei was in Sanchung district (三重市), where i was bunking with a friend. he brought me to the neighborhood night market and we ended up at this stinky tofu (麻辣臭豆腐) place. i was given the signature dish (招牌肠旺臭豆腐), a wet mix of fermented tofu, pig large intestines, goose blood, and mushrooms in a sichuan spicy soup. despite it sounding really weird, it actually tasted okay. the stinky tofu was manageable and i don’t think it’s really stinky. the goose blood was the thing i had to get used to as i don’t even take the blood cubes in penang curry noodles.

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Next up was desserts from 豆府花城 (www) where i had the 芋圆仙草冻, a cincau dessert with yam balls which i truly enjoyed. the small tub of milk added quite the oomph to the dessert itself. my friend had the mixed fruit dou hua. the taiwanese are really quite creative with their cold desserts.

met up with the rest of my friends at Shilin Night Market (士林夜市), which is a tourist’s must visit for taiwanese snacks. of course a lot of people have commented that snacks in other night markets are better but we still decided to go as it’s so famous.

Stuff that we ate;
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deep fried spare ribs (排骨酥). flavourful batter.

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baked potato with ham & cheese, soft and creamy.

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whole potato cut into chips. presentation better than taste. 😛

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roasted corn with a rice wine & herbal coating (烤珍珠玉米).

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the famous gigantic deep fried chicken chop (炸鸡排). it was only NT50 each and so big that 7 of us couldn’t finish it. and sure we were quite stuffed from trying all the other snacks.

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spring onion pancake with cheese & egg (葱抓饼). tasted similar to our roti telur, only with an extra piece of cheese. not too bad, though a little on the oily side.

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array of taiwanese sausages… including the jumbo ones. we also had the squid ink ones, along with those wrapped on rib bones. all tasted quite juicy and yummy.

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oyster omelettes (蚵仔煎.) the taiwanese version has no starch in it, and has a very eggy taste.

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Lamb kebabs (羊肉串). Delicious with a smoky taste.

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Oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線), a sticky, gooey bowl of mee sua with oysters and large intestines. this one was not good at all in compared some other versions i have tried in m’sia.

of course we were pretty stuffed by then, and hence saw many other snacks but couldn’t try them….

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Cow tongue biscuits (牛舌饼)

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Small sausage in Large Sausage (大腸包小腸).

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Quail’s egg (烤鸟蛋)

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Fish balls (鱼蛋)

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Pan Fried Buns (生煎包)

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Braised Snacks (鹵味)

Part II coming up…

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3 Comments »

  1. mei said

    the food looks amazing..! who would have thought… ?! so many dishes.. so little time.. lol… 😉 cool blog

    epicuriousgirl says:thank you!

  2. O M G…thats so much work..err food!!!

    just had the oyster mee sua n the chicken chop that day..i cannot imagine how i would hav to crawl back to the hotel after eating through the end of the street..

    epicuriousgirl says: haha! 7 of us so everyone just needed a bite for taste. probably the best way to try a bit of everything and not fill up immediately.

  3. tankiasu said

    Wo ai Taiwan!! Wo yao Taiwan!!

    epicuriousgirl says: you forgot to add the word “mei-meis” behind the word “Taiwan”. :p

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