What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

What to eat in Taiwan… here’s to cycling and eating my way through Taiwan!

If you’re planning to visit Taiwan, here are a few key things you should look for during your visit.  I’ve been to Taiwan many times and every time, it feels like the first time!  The food options are many and continue to evolve and change with every visit!

For starters, it’s a great that we are cycling through Taiwan at the same time.  This means, we can travel to different cities and we can eat way more than I usually do because we’re doing massive rides (or elevation) here.

    Some of the food highlights in Taiwan!

    There is never a shortage of food or things to try, eat, or drink in Taiwan. I must admit, I didn’t cover everything, we actually missed quite a bit, but at the same time… I’m so happy with this trip!💗💗💗

    • As a cyclist, it’s got to be the 7-11’s.  A lot of our midday lunches and snacks are done in 7-11’s.  This is because they are fast, easy, they dot most of the major routes we ride, have both drinks and foods (especially stuff with electrolytes) and have washrooms. Versatile, cheap, variety packed, and one of the best stops for cyclists!  So in 7-11’s, we basically cleaned out their tea and soy soaked eggs. These deliciously soft and protein packed snacks are highly coveted by cyclists and amazing cheap at 70 cents CAD per egg.  I’ll take them!
    • Taiwanese breakfasts!  Traditional, simple, affordable.  There are all sorts of breakfast options that include fried turnip cake, egg pancakes, green onion pancakes, glutinous rice wrapped with Chinese donuts, fried pork dumplings, beef stuffed buns, sweet or savory soy milk, all sorts of egg pancakes with ham, cheese, pork floss, onions, green onions, etc… SO YUMMY!

     

    • These breakfasts are so commonplace in Taiwan you can find so many of these shops along most streets as corner shops. They open super early at 6:00 am and often the best of the tastiest shops have line ups out the door.

     

    • Taiwanese desserts!  Especially their iced desserts loaded with a billion toppings of choice.  We also soft served fresh tofu fa with shaved brown sugar and a sweet hot soup dessert filled with mochi, tapioca, and red beans.  Here, I am enjoying the works.  It’s basically a fully loaded bing sha with grass jelly, tapioca, mochi, red bean paste, taro paste, and topped with a black sugar syrup and condensed milk.  It ate like a meal.  I was so full afterwards!  But so yummy! 

     

     

    • Taiwan bed and breakfasts!  There are so many CUTE! CUTE! bed and breakfasts in a lot of rural and Eastern coast of Taiwan, near Hualien and into Kenting.  These places are like the Taipei get aways and tend to be coastal, easy-going, resort places!  
    • They serve the cutest, most complete and healthy breakfasts here!  Some have a buffet styled meal with soy sauce fried eggs, more buns, a selection of local fruits, pan fried radish cakes, and a healthy selection of fresh local vegetables fried in garlic, often served with rice or congee and all the toppings like pork floss, marinated cucumbers, fried gluten, spiced bamboo, seaweed and sesame flakes, fried baby shrimp, and so many others!  It’s yummy! 
    • Night markets.  A must visit in any Taiwan city.  You’ll find food, shopping, gifts, games, desserts, and drinks.  And then, lots of people!  Each night market has its own variety of specialty dishes. I found the ones along the coast had more seafood, while the ones in Taipei had more unique custom blends and fusion of foods.  A majority of the foods are grilled or pan fried, and the drinks tend to be cold.  Every time I visit Taiwan though, the night market variety changes.  You will always have your staples such as hawker styled noodles, rice, and meals.  I love these!  Try them all!  So be sure to share!  Like literally, buy one of each so that you can eat many!

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