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This Is a Real Taiwanese Breakfast

Breakfast is a big deal in Taiwan. Every morning, hundreds of vendors get up early in time for the morning breakfast rush. The food is pretty much the same across the board: soy milk, turnip cakes, fan tuan, and twisted cruller. Oh but those turnip cakes are small cubes of wonder, smothered with a delicious sweet and slightly spicy red sauce. More

Taiwan: A Food Tour of 5 Night Markets

A trip to Taiwan isn't complete without a visit to one of its famous night markets. They're open everyday in the evening and have become a gathering ground for tourists and locals alike. In addition to cheap bargain deals, Taiwan's night markets are vital destinations to experience some of the country's best small eats. Here's a food tour of five Taiwan night markets near the Taipei area. Where to go for shaved ice, egg custard, bao, snake meat, and more. More

A Guide to a Traditional Taiwanese Breakfast

Breakfast usually comes in the form of street food in Taiwan. Vendors will set up shop on the curbside in the morning hours; there's a lot of dough and deep-frying involved. Yung Ho is one of the main Taiwanese breakfast joints in the San Gabriel Valley, a hotbed of Chinese and Taiwanese food in Los Angeles. Here's a detailed breakdown of each individual dish. More

Street Food in Taiwan: Pig's Blood Cake

Now, it would almost seem like an insult if I actually tried to summarize what constitutes street food in Taiwan, given its wide range of tastes. Typical street food in Taiwan ranges from tempura to fried octopus tentacles to stinky tofu, but if there were one thing that could be considered Taiwanese through and through, it would be pig's blood cake. More

'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 3: Leng Re Bing

At the periphery of a hectic traffic circle in the southern Taiwanese town of Chaozhou sits a bright, open-air eatery called Zheng Lao Pai Leng Re Bing (正老牌冷熱冰). Loosely translated, the name means "authentic, original cold-hot bing," and the stock in trade of this establishment is a sweet snack as formidable as any you'll ever encounter. More

'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 1: Fan Tuan

Devotees of Italian cuisine will recognize the phrase brutta ma buona—"ugly but good." It applies to foods that are tasty and satisfying, even if they're unlikely to win any beauty contests. Taiwan, one of the world's premier patches of culinary real estate, has its own share of ugly-but-goods. Steer clear of the various edible lumps, bumps, and viscous puddles on offer, however, and you risk missing out on much of the good stuff. More

Chinese Food Carvings

[Photograph: national Palace Museum] That's not a glistening chunk of pork—that's a stone carved to look like a glistening chunk of pork. The "Meat-shaped Stone," along with the "Jadeite Cabbage," made during the Ch'ing Dynasty (1644–1911) are some of the most famous pieces at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.... More

Peking Duck Pizza at Costco (in Taiwan)

[Photograph: My Inner Fatty] From the blog My Inner Fatty comes this account of Peking duck pizza, available at Costco of Taiwan: it looks just like a regular pizza, except... it's covered in Peking duck! Instead of tomato sauce, try 甜麵醬 (er, I don't know how to translate that, it's the sauce you put into those thin pancakes when you have Peking duck). Then to replace normal onions, you have scallions. To be fair, the pizza wasn't amazing, the crust was kind of soggy ... it was overly doughy, and lacked the char on the bottom. Whatever, you find... More

Photo of the Day: Epic Taiwanese Shaved Ice

[Flickr: yusheng] Shaved ice + red beans + sweetened condensed milk + flan = hong dou bing, or red bean shaved ice, a typical Taiwanese dessert. Oh, glistening suspension of red beans in thick condensed milk topped with wobbly pudding mass—how I love you. For those who live in Taipei, Yusheng says he got this shaved ice at Gāoxióng Pópóbīng. Related How to Make Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice) Sugar Rush: Mango Special Shaved Ice at the Flushing Mall Snapshots from Asia: Will the Real Shaved Ice Please Stand Up? Top Ten Taiwanese Snacks... More

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