Taiwan is food heaven of its own, small eats are part of its culture and this is especially true in Taian where I found myself with a full stomach all the time yet I never stopped eating.

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Traditional shaved ice is a must, my favorite is pudding topped with condensed milk, the most basic and original taste!

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This is called BaWan, aka Taiwanese meat ball (some are shrimp balls), made with a dough of rice flour, corn starch and sweet potato starch. Its one of the most common street food in Taiwan culture.

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Stirred fried eel noodle is one of the most famous dish or perhaps the signiture food in Tainan. Its starchy and has a sweet taste on the palette.

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Eating beef soup and various beef dish as breakfast is a common habit in Tainan and most of the shops are opened from 4am to until everything is sold out which is around 7:30 to 8 am so if you want to have a taste of it, make sure you get up early.

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This fish soup with vermecelli topped with a dabble of sliced ginger and coriander was my favorite.

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Danzai noodle where you can find throughout the island originated from Tainan. This small bowl of noodle is served in shrimp soup with minced braised pork, bean sprouts, coriander, shrimp and usually quite a bit of garlic, you can also have the option of adding an egg or sausage or meatball.

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Japanese udon noodle gone local.  IMG_8399  IMG_8395 IMG_8394 IMG_8393 IMG_8390 IMG_8387 IMG_8267IMG_9157

With coffee houses booming as part of its city culture, there are many well design places with a modern touch thoughout the city. IMG_9156 IMG_9155 IMG_9152 IMG_9150 IMG_9149 IMG_9148 IMG_9147 IMG_9145   IMG_9163

This beef hotpot marked the highlight of our trip, this local yellow beef is slaughtered in the morning and transported directly to the restaurant, they are super tender and juicy, they come in different forms of cooking, raw for boiling with dipping sauce, steak tartared or marinated with wine, the beef tongue was grilled.

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This steam bun was the ultimate luxury, translucent looking and filled with pork and lots of bamboo, it is super delicous and hard to get for the wait is long, my local friend called first and reserved 2 boxes for us to try.

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Having sashimi as breakfast on the side of the street was my first time, it was fun and interesting, the fish are super fresh and tasty. IMG_9225 IMG_9224 IMG_9223 IMG_9222IMG_9215IMG_9214 IMG_9221 IMG_9220 IMG_9218  IMG_9005IMG_9306IMG_9013IMG_9307IMG_9014    IMG_8995 IMG_8994 IMG_8999IMG_8987

Taiwan local food is not the main stream in the gourmet world yet I’ve always found them being underrated as they are delicious and interesteing and reflect a lot on the islands heritage and culture.


New York born, Taiwan raised, married Swiss, addicted to travel, love the change of boundaries, cant live without bubble, lover of food n wine, helping dad to run a lock company, passion in art n culture, recently picked up photography and blogging, raising two girls, balancing a busy life, juggling with different chores, writing my book and living my life!

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