If you watched the video I previously posted, you’ll get the idea that I love eating. Well, I guess everyone does, but to put it more appropriately, I love the idea of trying out different kinds of food. It’s no wonder that I’d always visit night markets, especially in places foreign to me.

It was impossible to try everything in a couple of days despite living next to Nanya market, but here’s my take on the top 5 must eats in Taiwan:

Stinky Tofu

The name itself will give you hesitations. And I assure you, so will the odor. You’ll know when a stall sells it ‘coz you can smell it from far away. Stinky tofu (chòudòufu), is fermented Chinese tofu. Believe it or not, they say “the smellier, the better.” My brother wanted to try it so bad that we really roamed around the entire food strip of Nanya market to “smell” where it was sold. I’d describe the odor in Cebuano as liking it to the smell of a canal and I tell you, canals in the Philippines are different than in other countries (lol). It may not be for the faint-hearted, but it was really, really good. I had to cover my nose while I brought the stick to my mouth, but a minute or so of acclimatization will do the job.

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Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao is a type of Chinese steamed buns usually prepared in bamboo steaming baskets. It’s dipped in soy sauce and vinegar (some prefer to add sliced ginger), and I especially love how “bite-sized” they are. It tastes like dumplings – but so.much.better.

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Beef Steak

I don’t know what kind of sorcery they put in their beef steak bites, but watch this:

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Octopus Cheese Takoyaki

Takoyaki originated from Japan, but I’ve never had this kind in the Philippines. It’s a flour batter with bits of octopus (or squid maybe?), vegetables, and a lot of cheese. I wasn’t able to take a photo of it ‘coz a box of 6 finished in a flash!

Puff Pastry Mushroom Soup

Our Taiwanese hosts brought us to this traditional Taiwanese restaurant and to be honest, I didn’t even know how to eat the soup when it was served! I made a hole with the spoon on top of the pastry and the rest is history. Up to this day, I don’t know how to eat it, so if you do, I’d appreciate that it the comments. The mushroom soup was really creamy, but the distinct mushroom taste was still there. And the pastry was smelled delicious, it was very soft with just the right amount of flakiness.

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There are a lot more food that I enjoyed during our visit and I’ll definitely try more when I return. What food did you enjoy in Taiwan?

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