TO TASTE in Taiwan!
Taipei culinary landscape distills the full spectrum of China’s regional culinary arts to create spot-on classic dishes as well as tasteful new twists on familiar foods. Whatever your fancy, you’ll found in Taipei!
1. Mango Shaved Ice
Mangoes grow plump and tasty in subtropical Taiwan. Generous chunks of mango layered over delightfully cold shaved ice and topped with fruit syrups are a must eat Taiwan treat.
2. Steamed Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao)
Seasoned ground pork is wrapped in a thin skin of dough and steamed to create this classic of the Chinese culinary arts. Broth-filled dumplings are onr of Taiwan’s best known culinary contributions to the world.
3. Beef Noodles
Beef noodles are ubiquitous in the city. From 5 star hotels to alleyway eateries. Soup broths (usually braised, clear, or mala”numbing spicy”) are paired with cubes of tender-cooked beef and deliciously chewy noodles.
4. Bubble Milk Tea
Bubble milk tea is an innovation on Taiwan’s world-famous teas, created by adding fresh milk and chewy delicacies such as tapioca-starch pearls, coconut jelly or diced fresh fruit in a drink that has taken the world by storm.
5. Mala Hot Pot (Numbing Spicy Hot Pot)
This Taipei favourite is a complex-strata combo of Chinese-herb-infused flavors with the Novocain-like punch of hot sauce made with Sichuan peppercorns and chilli peppers. Enjoy with a buffet selection of meats, vegetables and other delicacies.
6. Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice)
This Taiwanese food is steeped very deeply in Taiwanese tradition. A favourite in Taiwan it is quite a simple filling food popular for many years for a healthy, satisfying meal for farming families. Now everyone likes it and it’s popular at countless eateries in Taiwan.
7. Oh-Ah Mee Sua (Oyster Noodles Taiwanese)
Its main ingredients are oysters and misua (Taiwanese vermicelli). A tan-brown variety of vermicelli used for this dish is made primarily with wheat flour and salt, and gains its unique colour due to a steaming process which caramelizes the sugars in the dough allowing it to be cooked for longer periods without breaking down.
8. Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang (Small sausage in large sausage)
Small intestine wrapped in large intestine is a snack invented in Taiwan in the late 20th century. A segment of Taiwanese pork sausage is wrapped in a (slightly bigger and fatter) sticky rice sausage to make this delicacy, usually served char-grilled. It may be compared to a hot dog. Deluxe versions are available in night markets in Taiwan, with condiments such as pickled bokchoi, garlic, wasabi and thick soy sauce paste to complement the taste.
TO SEE in Taiwan
Taipei’s cultural groundings are reflected in its art, architecture, religious life and friendliness. Our exciting cityscape is our most celebrated “attraction”.
1. National Palace Museum (NPM)
The National Palace Museum is the home of the world famous Jadeite cabbage and many other art treasures. Ranked the 7th most popular museum in the world, the NPM is a must see stop on any Taipei visitors’ itinerary. The museum collection includes 696,000 items from the oldest to the most recent Chinese imperial dynasty.
2. Tourist Night Markets
Each of Taipei’s nearly 10 tourist night markets hold its own special allure, offering traditional night-market standards as well as innovative twists and revolutionary new snacking sensations. Night markets provide a late-night escape, with a wide range of things to eat, see and do.
3. Xingtian Temple
This 3-in-one temple embraces Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism. The main deity, Guan Sheng Di Jun, is the protector of business and careers, making Xingtian Temples a religious magnet for Taiwanese entertainers and politicians. Regular ceremonies are conducted, while burning incense is not.
4. Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple
Located along Dihua Street, this temple is deidcated to the matchmaker god,Yue Lao (Old Man Under The Moon). His powers are evidenced in the more than 6,000 faithful each year who attest to his help in sealing their marriage. Singles and couples alike can ask Yue Lao to help set them on path to matrimony.
5. Taipei 101 Observatory
Take the world’s fastest elevators on a 37-second ride to the 89th floor observation deck to enjoy the best views of the city and see the world’s largest tuned mass damper.
6. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
The hall and its grounds memorialise the founder of the ROC, Mr Sun Yat-sen. Inside is a performance theatre, libraries and public areas. Watch the changing of the guard on the hour. The outdoor plaza and park space are popular with morning exercisers, skateboarder and others looking to enjoy an urban island of green.
7. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Spacious exhibition areas and a gift shop under-gird Taiwan’s largest memorial to ROC President Chiang Kai-shek. The memorial’s grounds are home to two large performance venues and a landscaped public park great for people-watching and taking a break from the day’s bustle.
8. Eslite Bookstore Dunnan Outlet
One of CNN’s “World’c Coolest Bookstores”, this outlet is open 24hours, has 17,000-square-meter of floor space and stocks books & magazines in over a dozen languages. A cultural magnet for Taipei night owls!