When you think of Taipei, Taiwan, you can’t miss the fact that it is a haven of food! From street foods to night markets and restaurants, Taipei, Taiwan proves that there is an abundance of delicious meals.

Taipei, Taiwan is a vast and friendly city. It is almost hassle-free and easy to get around. Most importantly, for food lovers, the city has a wide variety of food. The fantastic selection of food has a never-ending supply of different tastes all day and all night.

If you fly to Taipei, Taiwan on an international flight, it’s most likely that you’ll land and arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which is in the north of Taoyuan City. It takes at least an hour to come to the central city, which is Taipei, Taiwan. So buckle up as we take you to Taipei, Taiwan, for an ultimate food trip!

Here are the 5 best foods you must try when you visit Taipei, Taiwan.

1. Beef Noodle Soup

Your visit to Taipei, Taiwan, is not complete without a bowl of beef noodle soup. Beef Noodle Soup is braised beef stewed in a steamy, savoury broth served with handmade noodles. The beef noodle soup is famous in Taipei, Taiwan, so looking for this is not a challenge. However, we narrowed down the top three restaurants where you can find the best beef noodle soup. These restaurants serve the best ones in the whole city. A bowl is not more than $6.

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      • Niu Kung Kuan 牛公館牛肉麵
        Address: No. 78, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108, Taiwan
        Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM
      • Lao Shan Dong Niu Rou Mian 老山東牛肉麺
        Address: No. 70, Xining South Road, Wanhua District Taipei City, 108. B1 Level, Taiwan
        Operating Hours: 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
      • Yong-Kang Beef Noodle 永康牛肉麵
        Address: No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
        Opening Hours: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Taipei’s Beef Noodle Soup in the city. Photo credits to: https://www.justgola.com/a/tao-yuan-street-beef-noodle-shop-1978052861.

2. Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles

Another popular dish in Taipei, Taiwan, is the Flour Rice Noodles delicacy. It is everywhere, especially along Ximending streets. Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles is a type of thin wheat-flour noodle, similar to vermicelli.

Ay-Chung makes their bowl with the most tender pieces of braised pork intestine. They’re so soft, and the best part is, you can add as much chilli oil, garlic, and black vinegar as you wish. A bowl of Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles costs NTD 70 for a large bowl and NTD 40 for a small bowl. Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles is located in No. 8-1, Emei Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 and operates at 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM, daily.

Taipei’s flour rice noodles use silky thin noodles and the intestines are chewy yet soft. Photo credits to: http://www.whatmaryloves.com/2017/12/when-in-taiwan-ay-chung-flour-rice.html.

3. Yongfu Ice Cream

If you want to try a new taste of ice cream using local ingredients, hand-churned ice cream is the best ice cream to work in Taipei, Taiwan. This ice cream has used distinctly Taiwanese ingredients like taro, longan, peanuts, and red bean for over 70 years.

Taiwanese ice cream has less dairy and more fruit, making it so light and a little tart, almost like a sorbet. Two scoops of this ice cream cost NTD 40. Yongfu Ice Cream is located in No. 68, Section 2, Guiyang St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 and operates at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, daily.

Taiwanese ice cream uses less dairy and more fruits, making it lighter. Photo credits to: https://www.travel.taipei/en/pictorial/article/20072.

4. Scallion and Daikon (Radish) Pancake

In the street stalls in Ximending, scallion and daikon pancakes are famous. Rather than folding over and over, scallion pancakes are a flat disk of dough. This dough is brushed with sesame oil and sprinkled with scallions then rolled up. Daikon pancake is much thicker, and most of the filling is fresh daikon wrapped in a crispy, deep-fried batter. Along Ximending, look for this stall:

    • Wenzhou Street Daikon Pancake (温州街蘿蔔絲餅達人)
      Address: No. 186-1, Section 1, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
      Operating Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday to Saturday
Scallion and daikon pancakes are one of the most sought out foods in the streets of Taipei because of their unique taste. Photo credits to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E29P3GpTRqw.

5. Taiwanese Spicy Hot Pot

A hot pot is famous all over Asia where you can find variations of hot pots in China, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. Hot Pot is a soup best shared with a group of friends or the family. It has raw ingredients like meat, vegetables, tofu, dumplings, and seafood. In Taipei, Taiwan, a hot pot is often eaten with a dipping sauce. You can create your dipping sauce by combining different sauces and egg yolk. Look for the following restaurants:

    • Tai Ho Dien (太和殿)
      Address: No. 315號, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
      Operating Hours: 12:00 PM to 3:00 AM, daily
    • Ding Wang Spicy Hot Pot (鼎王麻辣)
      Address: No. 89號, Guangfu North Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
      Operating Hours: 11:30 AM to 4:00 AM, daily
Hot pots all over Asia are well-known because of their use of spices. Taipei’s hot pot can be paired with a DIY dipping sauce. Photo credits to: https://www.eater.com/2019/3/6/18242556/hot-pot-how-to-eat-taipei-tips.

We hope our Taipei, Taiwan food guide has helped in your quest to find the best places to eat in Taiwan. Have any more recommendations? Be sure to let us know so we can add it to the list!

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