I’ve been making the rounds of the Taipei street food scene. It’s cheap, delicious, but some dishes are pretty unhealthy!
1st stop Shilin night market. Where I tried the famous ‘stinky tofu’; shown on the left below. The tofu is fermented and has a very strong ‘stinky’ smell, but the taste is not too strong. Fermented foods are great for digestion so I was excited to try it.
I also tried the Oyster Omelette; on the right in the picture below. I’ve had food poisning a couple of times with Oysters in the past so tend to avoid them, but I thought the risk would be low with cooked Oysters.
The dish in the middle is a fried prawn, it’s delicious.
I also ate the ‘coffin’ bread. I forgot to take a picture! They deep fry a thick peice of bread and then cut it open and fill with… something from a wide choice e.g. pepper beef, kimchi beef, tuna.. This one is seriously unhealthy and reminds me of deep fried bread in the UK!
I’ve also eaten the famous rice noodles with intestine. I went to the stand at Ximen, this one is quite busy and definitely a local hot spot.
These rice noodles were delicious and at 65 TWD it’s very cheap by comparison to a lot of other places including UK, Japan etc. I would even say the food here is cheaper than Hong Kong or Shanghai.
This last place I’ll post is one of the local eating places. In total this meal of three dish cost me 95 TWD (just over 2 GBP), and this dish quite healthy; ginseng chicken soup, egg and cabbage. And it was all delicious.
I did make the mistake of not ordering a rice or noodle dish so I was a big hungry later one, I ended up having some of the local taiwanese fried chicken which was pretty tasty, but very unhealthy. This one is the popcorn chicken at Ximen.
I’ve only just scratched the surface; still looking forward to try a lot of other famous dishes.