Venture Into Lip-Smacking Taiwanese Cuisine

Post by Uzma Kidwai | Feb 14, 2017

Taiwanese cuisine has got an edge in itself, relishing and a few Japanese influences as well. Believe us there are some amazing, delicious and yummylicious Taiwanese Cuisines which you would never want to miss out when in Taiwan. And it can be very clearly observed that Taiwanese food blends a variety of cuisines, particularly brought by Fujian, its own ‘Hakka’ to name in specific.

While Japanese cuisine has a big influence in Taiwan, Taiwanese cuisine clearly belongs to the Chinese food tradition. Some Japanese influences, such as the popularity of sashimi and sushi are obvious, while others blend in and are more difficult to recognize. Taiwanese restaurants, both 'authentic' and Taiwan-style are very common to be found.

Apart from rice, Taiwan has a bounty of seafood with the development of its own style of eclectic cuisines. 

Below is a rundown of 4 most appreciated and favorite cuisines of Taiwan and also know-how for you foodies to remember to indulge your taste buds in, when in Taiwan! 

Beef noodle soup Beef noodle soup, or niu rou mian, is the quintessential Taiwanese food. You can obtain a bowl of these at any Taiwanese restaurant. They are thick noodles settled in a spicy dark broth. The dish is topped with heaps of beef shanks, assorted vegetables and pickled greens.

Fatty Minced Pork on Rice Perhaps not the healthiest option on this list, but it's definitely the simplest. Known as ‘lu rou fan’ in Chinese, this dish is merely minced pork belly served over a bowl of white rice. What makes this particular dish especially epic is how the sauce from the pork perfectly into the rice. Some places will add a tea egg on the side and perhaps a couple slices of daikon radishes.

Glutinous oil rice Typically served in small portions, is a sticky rice snack mixed with mushrooms, dried shrimp, peanuts and pork slices. The literal translation for this dish is "oil rice." The pork adds a salty addition to the earthy flavors of the mushroom and soy sauce-drenched rice. Topped with a chili sauce, the peanuts are an optional addition, but great for that extra crunch.

Oyster pancakes It is commonly served as a night market appetizer, but is filling enough to be an entire meal. The Taiwanese have stringent standards on what constituents a good oyster pancake: the bigger the oysters the better.

So, these were the 4 Taiwanese cuisines which one can relish their taste buds on while you are traveling to Taiwan or a resident!