Like all countries, Taiwan has its share of quirky but yummy eats. These come at very reasonable (often, cheap) prices and can be found almost everywhere in Taiwan.
Here are some of the foods that you should try when you’re out to explore the Taiwanese streets:
Tea eggs are quite popular in Taiwan. Found almost everywhere, these delicious eats are really popular with the locals and foreigners alike.
Cooked tea eggs are very much like hard boiled eggs; the only difference is that they are boiled in black tea. Indeed, you would see large pots of black tea in Taiwanese street, and in it are soaked dozens of eggs.
Upon cracking the egg, you will get an aromatic surprise. It’s no wonder why people love eating tea eggs – they just smell so good!
Unlike regular hard boiled eggs, the shells of black-tea boiled eggs are brown in color, and the egg inside becomes a little brown as well.
Doujiang is one of the best Taiwanese treats for sweet-toothed people. This drink is usually served cold in the summer and is best drunk with an afternoon snack.
Taiwanese also serve this with different afternoon breads.
Doujiang is soybean based, so even though it is sweet, it is generally healthy to drink. You could find versions of this drink at groceries and malls in some parts of the world, but doujiang in Taiwan is sold in the streets and in budget restaurants.
Or Ah Mee Sua
Or ah mee sua is a noodle soup quite familiar to those who frequent the streets of Taipei and Kaohsiung. If you have been to a night market, you most likely have an idea what this dish looks and tastes like.
Mee sua refers to vermicelli noodles that are boiled and cooked in a broth. Or ah stands for the oysters that come with the dish. Or ah mee sua is usually served in a thick warm soup. It is a popular night market fare because it helps shoppers relax after long hours of shopping.
Lu wei is a popular dish in Taiwan. You can find it in the streets, and you can find it in restaurants.
It is made with different kinds of meat or sausage or egg or tofu cooked in a black stew sauce that is the very essence of lu wei.
The result is a black dish that is then mixed with noodles and steamed vegetables, for a really hearty meal.
Orh lua is oyster omelette. It’s made of oysters, eggs, and flour and cooked in a hot plate. When everything is set, a hefty amount of gravy is poured on top.
Of course, if it has oysters, it must be good.
Orh lua is best enjoyed with some Taiwanese fried rice and a pot of green tea.