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.
Traditional shaved ice is a must, my favorite is pudding topped with condensed milk, the most basic and original taste!
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.
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.
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.
This fish soup with vermecelli topped with a dabble of sliced ginger and coriander was my favorite.
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.
Japanese udon noodle gone local.
With coffee houses booming as part of its city culture, there are many well design places with a modern touch thoughout the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.