The best way to get to know a new destination is to “taste” it! Taiwan is world-renowned for a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, street food, freshly made drinks, etc. On this food tour, you will take a deep dive into Taiwanese cuisine, and explore Taiwan’s culture and traditions through food. If you are a foodie with long bucket list or a culture enthusiast, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this ultimate food adventure!
From morning to evening, you will get into the life of the local people in the most authentic way. Starting from a market tour, there you will see the vendors enthusiastically peddling the fresh locally sourced ingredients. After that, you will stroll along Cisheng Temple Food Street in Dadaocheng to have a glimpse of the locals’ hidden foodie gems in the old city blocks. Of course, you will not miss out on the opportunity to savor the locals’ most beloved comfort food—Formosa Chang Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice), which used to be served in the state banquet!
In the afternoon, you will visit Taiwan Culinary Exhibition, Taiwan’s biggest food show and also the highlight of this tour, where you will learn about the art and spirit of Taiwanese cuisine. After the food show, you will visit a modern food court where a delicious array of the local and exotics food is served.
By then, you probably have a good understanding of Taiwan’s food culture. To put the finishing touch to this epic food tour, visiting a local supermarket is a must-do; from there you can also bring home some distinctive souvenirs that feature the local characters.
Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07) Exit 2, then hop on the bus and get ready to start your food adventure!
Your food tour starts with a visit to Binjiang Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market, one of the biggest traditional markets in Taipei, and also a wholesale market hub where fresh fruit and vegetables from everywhere in Taiwan are gathered. It’s not only a market visited by average people, but also the local chefs’ favorite place to pick quality ingredients.
Taipei Fish Market is just right next to the wholesale market; after an extreme makeover a few years ago, Taipei Fish Market has become a completely different fish market from the others, modern and clean. The fish market has been collaborating with a local catering company since then, selling fresh and processed seafood.
The next stop is Dadaocheng, the hub for Taiwanese tea export in the 19th century; even now the oldest tea shops in Dihua Old Street still open, welcoming the guests from everywhere in the world. The streets are fully immersed in a nostalgic atmosphere, where the tea shops, the Chinese medicine shops, the dry food shops and even the modern coffee shops are housed in the historic buildings, presenting a perfect blend of east and west, past and present.
Today, the younger generations are bringing new energy and fresh ideas into this area, now you can see a lot of unique and creative workshops, renovated shophouses and exhibition spaces.
If you have been to the other Asian countries, you may have noticed that the food stalls always gather outside of the temples. If the temple is visited by more people, there are more stalls. Cisheng Temple Food Street is just like that, from morning to afternoon, the street provides a variety of breakfast and lunch options, such as braised pork hock vermicelli, pork rib soup, chicken rolls and many more.
After few hours of walk, you are probably hungry and craving for some local food. On this day tour, you will have the classic lunch set (braised pork Rice/ chicken rice, pork rib and seasonal vegetable) at “Formosa Chang”, a famous local chain restaurant. Formosa Chang started a food business from a stall in the street, serving Taiwanese traditional foods, such as braised pork hock, braised pork rice, etc. Today Formosa Chang has become widely-known overseas; its famous “Lu Rou Fan (braised pork rice)” used to be served in a state banquet!
After lunch, your food tour continues with a visit to Taiwan Culinary Exhibition. Without having to travel around Taiwan, here you can explore the local specialties and agricultural products from the other cities. Besides Taiwanese food, you can find a variety of exotic food from different countries. Additionally, you have a chance to watch the famous chefs showing off their incredible cooking skills at the exhibition! The savory smell will make you feel hungry again.
To get deep into the local people’s life, visiting the supermarkets and food courts is the best way to experience the local lifestyle. Before the end of the tour, you will visit the food court of Taipei 101 Mall, where a wide variety of food options are provided, not only Taiwanese cuisine but also exotic cuisines like Japanese food, Thai food, Indian food, and all that.
The supermarket adjoins the food court provides a wide range of options for snacks, drinks, condiments, etc. There are also gift sets of local foods and tea that can be a great souvenir for your family and friends back home.
Your day tour to Taiwan Culinary Exhibition and markets will end at Taipei 101. If you are still energetic, you can get a ticket to the observatory deck and enjoy a panoramic night view of Taipei City, or continue to explore the nightlife of the city on your own.
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