It's tempting to think that Taiwanese food is the same as that of mainland China, but that's not the case. Influences from around Asia—particularly the aboriginal and Chinese minority groups who immigrated to Taiwan—have led to the evolution of a culinary scene characterized by a love of eating often and eating well. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.
You might smell one of Taiwan's most famous dishes before you see it. Stinky tofu gets its name from the odor caused by fermentation, but don't let the smell fool you—it's delicious. The Taiwanese also love seafood and eggs, sometimes together, which is the case with oyster omelettes, a savory night market favorite. One dish that is heavily influenced by Mainland China is Taiwan's famous beef noodle soup, or niu rou mian, which is especially comforting during the colder winter months, while another favored comfort food is lu rou fan, a bowl of rice topped with braised and chopped pork belly with an aromatic five-spice sauce. When you get thirsty, be sure to wash it all down with some Taiwanese bubble milk tea.
- Check out Taipei's snack streets and Shilin Night Market on a food tour that includes samples of the best bites from the most popular food stalls.
- Indulge in a Michelin-starred meal with dinner at Din Tai Fung in the iconic Taipei 101, where you'll eat your fill of burst-in-your-mouth soup dumplings.
- Try tofu at Shenken Old Street in New Taipei.
- Tour the picturesque Bagua Tea Plantation, the largest of its kind in northern Taiwain.