What is Taiwanese Food?

Taiwan is an island country in East Asia that is located 112 miles (180 km) off the southeastern coast of China. It has a population of approximately 23 million people.

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Because of its history and geographical location, Taiwanese cuisine has influences from the southern provinces of Mainland China, Japan, and Aboriginal Taiwanese culture. Common ingredients in Taiwanese cooking include pork, seafood, chicken, and rice, which are typically seasoned with soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, pickled daikon, picked mustard greens, chili peppers, cilantro, and basil.

oysteromelet

Oyster Omelet – 蚵仔煎 (kézǎi jiān)
Source: wikipedia.org

beefnoodle

Beef Noodle Soup – 牛肉麵 (Niúròu miàn)

Hot Pot

Hot Pot – 火鍋 (Huǒguō)

ice

Shaved Milk Ice – 刨冰 (bàobīng)

One of the most famous aspects of Taiwanese culture and cuisine is the night market, which offers hungry visitors small plates of street food.

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Night Market in Taipei

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Chef Tim enjoying a Taiwanese sausage at the Night Market

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More scenes of the Night Market

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Stinky Tofu – 臭豆腐 (Chòu dòufu)

 

Bubble tea or boba tea – 波霸奶茶 (Bōbà nǎichá) is perhaps one of the most well known exports of Taiwanese food; these tea shops are (almost) everywhere!

Milk Tea with Boba Souce: wikipedia.org

Milk Tea with Boba
Souce: wikipedia.org

 

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