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06 Jun 2019 - 6 min read

12 Iconic Taiwan Street Food You Need to Eat Now

Raohe Night Market

The Raohe Night Market is often referred to as the best place to find local street food in Taipei. The selection is so vast, you can probably find all the must-try dishes in this one place alone, but if you have to narrow it down and save some space for your next market, here are our top picks:

1. Flame-Torched Beef

You’ll find dozens of vendors selling their own variation of these bite-sized beef cubes. It might sound like an ordinary dish, but the aroma of perfectly charred meat is quite difficult to resist. Though the beef is tasty enough to enjoy on its own, stalls often offer different toppings such as teriyaki sauce, pink salts, or cheese.

Cost: NTD 200
Where to Buy: Flame Dice Cattle (Several stalls in Raohe and Shilin Night Markets)
2. Pork Pepper Buns (Hujiao Bing)

This baked bun is a popular snack that originated in Fuzhou, China. However, because it became so well-known in night markets across Taiwan, it is now more known as the “Taiwanese Pepper Bun”. Buns often come stuffed with a mixture of minced pork, seafood, or beef, and scallions and a combination of sweet-salty sauces.

Cost: NTD 50
Where to Buy: Fuzhou Shizu (No. 249, Raohe St., Songshan Dist, Taipei, Taiwan)
3. Stinky Tofu

Because of its highly pungent smell, it’s pretty hard to miss this fermented dish. Let your nose lead the way to any of the stalls, and take a chance on this local favorite. They say that the smellier it is, the better it tastes!

Cost: NTD 35
Where to Buy: Look for Hsia Kang Ming Peng food cart
4. Deep-fried Milk

You can’t go wrong with anything deep-fried, and this dish proves this theory right. The cubed milk is battered, dunked in scalding oil, and is transformed to sweet fluffy goodness in a matter of seconds. If you’re reserving only one deep-fried item for “health reasons”, then this should be your choice.

Cost: NTD 20
Where to Buy: Look for Kenting Pasture Fried Milk food cart
Shilin Night Market

The Shilin Night Market is one of the biggest markets in Taiwan and at over a hundred years old, it’s still as alive as ever. In the middle of shopping for souvenirs and random trinkets, the best thing to do is binge on some street food.

1. Hot Star Fried Chicken

Editorial Credit: Pisitphol/ Shilin Night Market is home to the first ever branch of this fried chicken chain. Snack on this bigger-than-your-face slab of chicken, and you’re probably going to be set for the entire night.

Cost: NTD 70
Where to Buy: Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (No. 113, Wenlin Road, Shilin District)
2. Lemon Aiyu Jelly

To cleanse your palate after a heavy meal, order cold glass of Aiyu Jelly. The drink is made from a type of fig, similar to that of a betel nut, and is served with fresh lemon juice.

Cost: NTD 40
Where to Buy: Available at various food carts
3. Scallion or Oyster Pancake

These delicious savory pancakes are the best snacks for when you’re on-the-go. They’re filling, easy to bring around, and strangely addicting. The scallion version is actually a traditional Taiwanese breakfast best enjoyed with a glass of soy milk.

Cost: NTD 60
Where to Buy: Zhong Cheng Hao Fried Oyster Omelette (No. 15-32, Dadong Road)
4. Fried Ice Cream

After feasting on all that savory food, you will have to leave some space for dessert. This dessert’s crispy, slightly salty crust compliments well with the sweet surprise of cold ice cream. It’s a refreshing choice after a long day of scouring for the best bargains, and it’s surprisingly light too!

Cost: NTD 40
Where to Buy: Several stalls in Shilin

Known as the Harajuku of Taipei, Ximending is undoubtedly one of the city’s top sites to visit. The streets are filled with quirky boutiques, neon signs, and pretty much anything colorful and eye catching. The street, of course, is also home to some of Taipei's most interesting and delicious eats.

1. Cheesy Potato

Like any good street food, these potatoes are deep-fried and stuffed with corn, cheese, ham, and generously bathed in a pool of hot cheese sauce.

Cost: NTD 80
Where to Buy: Prince Cheese Potato (No. 49-3, Emei St, Wanhua District)
2. Grilled Mochi

This sticky treat is grilled fresh in front of you and is also enjoyed with various toppings such as condensed milk, peanuts, fruit shavings, and whatever else you can find.

Cost: NTD 30
Where to Buy: Okinawa Japanese Grilled Mochi (No. 49, Emei St, Wanhua District)
3. Mee-sua (Rice Noodle Soup)

For a more healthy and comforting snack, these steaming bowls of rice noodle soup are a great choice. The soup usually comes with either oysters, beef, or pork intestines, and some fresh scallions. Stalls will also have black vinegar and crushed chillies for added taste.

Cost: NTD 65
Where to Buy: Ah Chung Mee Sua (8-1, Éméi St, Wanhua District)
4. Taiwanese Sausage

Every country will have their version of street-side hotdogs or sausages probably because you can’t go wrong with salty, fatty yet delicious processed meat. The Taiwanese Sausage does not scrimp on the umami taste, and comes in funkier options like the “Big Sausage Wrapped in Small Sausage”. It’s a must if you have the stomach for a sinful meal.

Cost: NTD 70
Where to Buy: Several stalls in Ximending

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