|Enjoying honey candy in Kaoshing! Delish!|
|The staple of Michael's Taiwan diet|
Taiwanese sausage was my roomie's main love in Taiwan. He ate it every day I think. It is traditionally bbqd at the market and is sweeter than most Cantonese dried sausages because it contains more sugar. It is served on a stick and very yummy. Another yummy street food is the roasted pumpkin in Taiwan. It is glazed and served at street markets. Very tasty although someone told me the roasted pumpkin is typically more common in Southern Taiwan.
Corn is a also major Street market food as well. It is served in many different styles: boiled, grilled, fried and raw. It is straight off the farm and into your tummy! There isn't a better way to eat then the old fashion way of producer to consumer!
|Excited for ice cream in Jalishue|
But the main thing of my Taiwan diet always seems to be ice cream. There ice creams are yummy and cheap and you can find a giant ice cream cone ANYWHERE. Which is awesome for an ice cream fan like me!
Sit down Food
In Chiayi our best meal was the regional treat of turkey and rice. It is served along side soup and pickled daikon. Still mad at myself for eating a peanut on this day and getting sick because I think this meal was amazing and I was too sick to properly enjoy it!
|Gorgeous Turkey Rice in Chiayi with friends!|
On my previous trip one of my favorite dishes was Coffin Cake. It reminded me of eating a savory french toast or a chicken pot pie. It is called coffin cake because of it's rectangular shape and because it is typically served at funerals for comfort. If someone close to me died I know I would like some coffin cake. On the same day I had coffin cake in Taichung I also had Oyster Omlettes. I was not so excited about trying this treat but the sauce on it looked divine so I dug in and was pleasantly surprised. One of the best things I ate on my first trip to Taiwan was an oyster omlette.
|Coffin Cake, not as gruesome as it sounds...|
Beef is not eaten as much in traditional Taiwanese cuisine due to the throw back to ancient Buddhism. If you're going to try one beef dish go for the beef noodles which are very similar to Vietnamese Pho.
I have had a lot of snack food in Taiwan. I think they have awesome snacks! One of the snacks that is traditionally identifed with Taiwan is the tapioca bubble tea. I had this is Chiayi on my last trip. Some people find the chewy texture of the tapioca gross but I don't mind it so much. Although, I prefer the red milk tea to the traditional black milk tea. I'll drink both though.
|Bubble tea in Chiayi! The big straw is for the tapioca balls!|
We also had traditional wheat crackers in Chiayi on our last trip. They are VERY good and kind of remind me of a trisquit with more substance to them. Apparently, they come in many flavors. I liked the veggie flavor best although none of them were bad!
|Stinky Tofu! A street market staple and the national smell of Taiwan|
I'm hope if some of you are considering Taiwan for a vacation, you go! It's an amazing place to make friends and eat food. I left my heart there after my first backpacking experience there and I feel I haven't finished the country yet, either! If you have any questions about traveling there or about the food feel free to ask me as I have tons more information to give out!