It is no exaggeration to say that Taiwan is one of the most fascinating and wonderful street food paradise. By visiting here, you can find a wide range of delicious dishes, and more than that, there are countless ideal places to enjoy them.
However, if you have only a few short days here, do not miss the following 5 ideal places to enjoy Taiwanese street food!
5 idol places to enjoy Taiwanese street food
Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls
Taro Balls can be roughly understood as a popular Taiwanese sweet taro dish. In Taiwanese cuisine, this is also a popular dessert present in most regions of the country. As its name suggests, this dish consists of soft, particularly sweet taro balls and can be served with shaved ice or warm.
Although Taro Balls is not originally from Jiufen, the Grandma Lai’s Taro Balls shop is the most famous in Taiwan. You will be served with delicious soft taro pieces and a very attractive smell. Here you can also find 2 versions, traditional Taro Balls and sesame green tea Taro Balls. Try either or enjoy both to experience their taste.
A-Zhu Peanut ice cream rolls
Originating from Yilan, A-Zhu’s Peanut Ice Cream Roll in Jiufen’s Jishan Street is home to a unique peanut ice cream roll snack. The ingredients to make them often include: rice paper, 2 tablespoons of taro cream, crushed peanut candy and fresh coriander. When enjoying, diners will feel the smooth, sweetness of the cream, the salty contrast from peanuts and the attractive aromatic flavor of coriander stimulates the taste.
Tianjing Chong Zhua
When it comes to Taiwanese street food, scallion pancake is probably a familiar name. You can find this dish at street stalls as well as larger restaurants in Taipei. However, if you want to enjoy the best scallion pancakes, go to Tianjing Chong Zhua on the bustling Yongkang Street.
Visit this shop at any time and you will see a whole long line of diners waiting to buy their pancakes. In particular, the scallion pancakes here will be baked directly on the grill so they are always hot and delicious.
When eating their pancakes, you will find that the pancakes at Tianjing Chong Zhua have perfect crunchy crust, but the fillings are smooth and soft. This is also what makes this place always busier than the others.
Grandma’s Iron Eggs
Iron eggs are a snack originating from the town of Danshui, northeastern Taiwan. In Taiwanese cuisine, this dish is often sold in many places, especially the stalls along the street. However, in the experience of many people, to get the true taste of Taiwanese iron eggs, you should visit Grandma’s Iron Eggs – a small shop on Zhongzheng Road.
Iron eggs here will usually have quite a variety of different flavors, including garlic, chili, soy sauce and traditional. The eggs are also sold in packages, so you can choose to eat directly or buy some to take away.
Taro fried with Liu Yu Zai
Liu Yu Zai Fried Taro Ball is home to a special dish of fried taro, famous for its salted egg yolk. Although it is just a small trolley along the narrow road in Ningxia night market, this place is extremely popular because the taste of the food is unlike anywhere else.
Taro Ball here usually has a thin crust made of taro, covering pork and attractive salted egg yolk. All baking steps will be done directly on the spot. So, when coming here, customers will be served the most delicious and hot taro ball.
For foodies, visiting Taiwan will be an extremely interesting and fascinating journey. Because here you can easily “satisfy yourself” with all delicious dishes, from traditional dishes, international cuisine to street food.