The Ultimate Taiwanese Street Food To Try

Taiwanese Street Food – Top Tips for the Streets

Taiwanese street food is world famous.

Street Food in Taiwan

It’s day and night street food markets are a popular attraction both for tourists and locals, and an important part of Taiwan food culture.

Night markets stay open until past midnight, so if you find yourself hungry after a few beers enjoying Taiwan’s night life or just fancy an evening stroll amongst the hustle and bustle of Taiwan life, Taiwan’s night food markets are your perfect answer.

The only trouble you’ll have is choosing which delicious treat to go for!

So, we’ve put a list together of some of our favourite treats you can grab at a Taiwan street food market.

Taiwanese Street Food – Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Street Food – Small Sausage in Large Sausage

Taiwanese Street Food – Red Bean Cake

Taiwanese Street Food – Ice Cream Runbing

Taiwanese Street Food – Pig Blood Cake

Taiwanese Street Food – Sausage on a Stick

Taiwanese Street Food – Aiyu Jelly Drink

Taiwanese Street Food – Shaved Ice

BONUS – Best Night Markets

Or you can watch the video below, with Tobias and Mikkel!

Stuck for where to find these treats?
See below for our list of top Taiwanese street food markets in Taipei!

Taiwanese Street Food – Fried Chicken

taiwanese street food
Taiwanese Street Food: Fried Chicken

Not your average KFC, this Taiwanese food is fried chicken with a difference.

The most popular of the fried chicken varieties you’ll find at a Taiwanese street food market is the deep fried chicken breast cutlet.

It’s seasoned with special salt and pepper powder, with a choice of adding spice with chilli powder.

Slightly spicy, it’s a perfect warmer for those cold Taiwanese winter nights when you’re out on a stroll.

No matter winter or summer, these are however a popular snack throughout the year.

Not a fan of chicken?

There are many fried chicken vendors throughout the many Taiwanese street food markets who also sell a variety of foods – pretty much anything you can fry.

This includes other meats, fish, tofu, and vegetables.

Taiwanese Street Food – Small Sausage in Large Sausage

Taiwanese Street Food - Small Sausage in Big Sausage
Taiwanese Street Food – Small Sausage in Big Sausage

Yes, you read that right! Small sausage, big sausage!

This classic Taiwanese food has a brilliant name. If that’s not reason enough to grab one, it tastes pretty darn good too.

The name is a literal translation of the Chinese name 大腸包小腸 (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang) which literally means ‘small sausage in large sausage’.

The name seemingly gives everything away. But think about it, small sausage in little sausage? How does that work..?

The ‘small sausage’ is a sweet pork sausage grilled. The ‘big sausage’ is made from rice and acts as a sticky wrapper around the ‘small sausage’.

This filling snack will have you set for hours. Add soy sauce or wasabi to the mix and you have an explosion of flavour that lasts.

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Taiwanese Street Food – Red Bean Cake (Dorayaki)

Taiwanese Street Food: Dorayaki
Taiwanese Street Food: Dorayaki

Japanese food, especially Japanese sweet snacks, are very popular in Taiwan.

One of the most popular is the sweet red bean cake Dorayaki.

This is a very sweet, fluffy cake like bun that is fried.

In the middle, you’ll find a sweet red bean paste common in a lot of Japanese snacks.

These sweet pancakes are made fresh right in front of you, and taste best when still hot!

Other variations of this popular food in Taiwan also include custard or other sweet fillings.

Taiwanese Street Food – Ice Cream Runbing

Taiwanese Street Food: Ice Cream Runbing
Taiwanese Street Food: Ice Cream Runbing

Another one for those with a sweet tooth, this ice-cream burrito is perfect for a hot summers day, or to give you that energy boost whilst roaming the busy streets of Taipei.

A ‘Runbing’ is a type of burrito/spring roll made out of flour.

It acts as a wrapper, usually in sweet form around vanilla ice cream and topped with crushed peanuts.

For those who prefer a savoury snack, this Runbing can also be found stuffed with bean sprouts and pork, or other meat variations.

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Taiwanese Street Food – Pig Blood Cake

Taiwanese Street Food: Pig Blood Cake
Taiwanese Street Food: Pig Blood Cake

Less of a ‘cake’ and more just pig’s blood – don’t let the name deter you.

This Taiwanese food is similar to the British breakfast food Black Pudding.

However, a mix of sticky rice and Taiwanese seasonings make this pudding rather different from its British counter-part.

It certainly requires an acquired taste and isn’t for everyone, but it’s something for the avid foodie to give a go at least once!

Taiwanese Street Food – Sausage on a Stick

taiwanese street food
Taiwanese Street Food

This Taiwanese street food needs little introduction, as the name leaves little to the imagination. 

However, it is a sausage unlike you probably know it.

Unlike the average Western sausage, this Taiwanese food is much bigger and contains considerable more fat.

This makes it all the more tasty, but all the more unhealthy. Well, when in Rome!

This traditional Taiwanese food has been around forever, and you definitely can’t skip out on having a bite when roaming one of the Taiwanese street food markets!

Taiwanese Street Food – Aiyu Jelly Drink

taiwanese street food
Taiwanese Street Food:
Aiyu Jelly Drink

Fondly known as ‘frog’s eggs’ (don’t worry, it’s not!), this jelly drink is made from the seeds of a certain fig.

It’s then served in a mix of sugary sweet water and a bunch of lemons.

It makes for a great refreshing drink on those hot summer Taiwan days and can fill you up as a quick snack in between meals!

Not feeling a cup of refreshing frog’s eggs, but need something to quench your thirst?

Taiwan’s Boba/Bubble tea is your answer!

In larger cities such as Taipei, you can find bubble tea street vendors and cafes around nearly every corner.

It’s definitely a must if you haven’t tried it yet!

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Taiwanese Street Food – Shaved Ice

Taiwanese street food
Taiwanese Street Food: Shaved Ice

Shaved ice, or baobing, is a life-saver in the hot, humid summer months in Taiwan.

As the name suggests, it is a bowl of shaved ice! I often used to wonder myself why you would pay so much for a bowl of shaved ice when it’s just… ice.

Well, this dessert isn’t just ice. It’s so much more!

Topped with various garnishes such as fruits, nuts and syrups, you’ll be hooked from your first mouthful.

A wide variety exists and you can customize your bowl. Condensed milk, tapioca balls, grass jelly, peanuts… The list is endless, and there’s something for everyone.

What’s more, is the ice isn’t just normal ice. It’s specially produced ice for the shaved ice dessert, with air pumped into it to ensure… better taste?

We’re not quite sure, but the ice is special.

BONUS – Taipei’s Best Street Food Markets

Where to find all of these tasty snacks? Here’s a list of Taipei’s best street food markets to keep you busy.

Find any others you’d recommend? Leave a comment below!

TIP – 夜市 in Chinese is Night Market. You’ll see it a lot in Taipei!

Inspired to come and see what Taipei is about? See what our friends Tobias and Mikkel thought about their time in Taipei.

Taiwan Street Food – FAQ’s

What is the biggest night market in Taiwan?

Shi Lin Market (士林夜市) is the biggest and most famous. It’s also the busiest!

Can I buy street food in Taipei late at night?

Night markets stay open until past midnight, so if you find yourself hungry after a few beers enjoying Taiwan’s night life or just fancy an evening stroll amongst the hustle and bustle of Taiwan life, Taiwan’s night food markets are your perfect answer.

Can I eat my dinner at night markets?

Absolutely, there are many things to eat and seating at all the night markets in Taipei.

Is there really a dish called Small Sausage in Large Sausage?

Yes! The name is a literal translation of the Chinese name 大腸包小腸 (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang) which literally means ‘small sausage in large sausage’.

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