This month I’m traveling to Taiwan to visit my relatives. I’m excited because I don’t get to see my family too often and when we get together, we always EAT. If you know anything about food in Taiwan, then you know that it’s GOOD. From street food to restaurants to all different types of cuisine, Taiwan is a foodie’s paradise. Eating out is actually very cheap and probably cheaper than eating in. In my family, food is definitely a way to express love, so I know it’s going to be an eat-a-thon while I’m there.
Here are the three dishes I MUST eat in Taiwan:
空心菜 (Kōngxīncài) or water spinach that is simply stir-fried with garlic… it’s one of my childhood favorites.
紅油抄手 (Hóng yóu chāoshǒu) or red oil wonton. This is a Sichuan dish, which I first experienced at Shilin Night Market in Taipei. It was love at first bite.
Last but not least, a Taiwanese staple that I grew up with: 牛肉麵 (Niúròu miàn) or beef noodle soup. This can be made with different variations of broth. Some like it spicy, some like it with tomato, but I like mine clear, especially when it comes from a place called廖家牛肉麵 (Liào jiā niúròu miàn). This place has one of the best beef noodle soups from my memory; so if you’re ever in Taipei, check it out:
Address: No. 111之14號, Jīnhuá St, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone: +886 2 2351 7065
I could go on and on with night market foods, desserts, drinks, etc., but these three dishes are definitely my top cravings!
What are your favorite Taiwanese dishes or your favorite dishes to enjoy with your family?
Originally written for and published on MichellePhan.com