Often described as “the heart of Asia,” Taiwan is a small island nation that is big on culture, cosmopolitan cities, and good eats. From lush tea fields to rugged coastlines boasting turquoise waters, Taiwan is a country packed with diversity. From the night markets packed with an endless variety of delicacies, to the five-star restaurants featuring extensive tasting menus. Taiwan is without a doubt a foodie’s paradise. With no lack of variety given the many different influences reflected in the cuisine, expect a lot of your time in Taiwan to be spent indulging in the local fare.
To eat as the locals do, make your way to one of the country’s many night markets. Filled with shops offering inexpensive goods and food stalls serving quick bites, exploring the night markets is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the local culture. Sample local dishes like an oyster omelet, scallion pancake, stinky tofu, or beef noodle soup, for the ultimate taste bud tour.
An absolute must-try place when visiting Taiwan is Din Tai Fung. This restaurant in Taipei specializes in Xiaolongbao soup dumplings, filled with succulent juices and different fillings, typically pork. The flavor explosion in your mouth is indescribable and will leave you dreaming of Taiwan long after you’ve left this foodie paradise.
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