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