Taipei is the ultimate home for street food. Not for a single meal did we sit down and eat an actual meal. Instead, we ate nonstop all day everyday!
First stop, boba or bubble tea. Originating from Taiwan, this was some of the best boba I’ve ever had (and I’ve had my fair share of boba in my lifetime). The pearls were just the right consistency and size and the milk tea just the right sweetness.
Next, we roamed the streets around the Zhongzhan district. Here, we found rows and rows of streets just lined with food, food, and more food. We didn’t know where to begin, what to try, and what to save for later! My stomach was about to explode from just looking at all my options!
I opted first for obanyaki, a Japanese style pancake that has custard cream inside.
The number one dumpling house, Din Tai Fung, started in Taiwan and spread throughout Asia and now coming to the U.S. Having been to the Hong Kong Michelin Star branch, I had high expectations for the original branch. At 4 pm, a long line still had us waiting rather impatiently.
Din Tai Fung is most well-known for their xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. Even with the hype and lines, this branch just did not have the comforts or even the food status that the Hong Kong TST one does. However, being in the original branch did make up for the lack of the best xiao long bao and is definitely worth a visit.
Asian mall food courts are not like those here in America. Instead of just fatty fast food, food courts have a wide array of choices that make it hard to choose what to eat. And the food is good quality! From bakeries to ice cream to crepes to Chinese, Singaporean, Japanese, Italian, Thai, the Taipei 101 Mall had choices abound. I finally made my decision to have a fresh cream puff straight out of the oven and filled with cream on order.
After a not-so-quick trip up to the top of Taipei 101, we headed over to the ShiDa Night market, where we walked amongst stalls full of clothes and food. We were on a mission to find “little sausage wrapped in big sausage,” or 大腸寳小腸. And we found it!
The little sausage is the Chinese sausage lapcheong, which is warpped in a sticky glutinous rice type bun. Different flavors of sausage and fillings are available, but I just took mine plain to truly savor all that it had to offer.
To end the night of eating, we had shaved ice. In Taiwan and most of Asia, shaved ice is a concoction of sauces such as chocolate or condensed milk or juice, fruit, other toppings, and of course, shaved ice.
Although it doesn’t look appetizing doesn’t mean it wasn’t!
What a great first day of eating! Day 2, coming up!