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【2020 Intern Travel Diary】One Day Trip to Explore the Delicious Foods of Taipei

Updates:2021-06-01
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Travel days: 1 day
Introduction

Explore the Delicious Foods of Taipei


~WORDS & PHOTOS:Taipei American School~
~ Duolong Yang(楊道隆) and Ian Ho(何丞) ~
 

Themed Itineraries : Food, Exploration
Travel days : 1 Day

 
【 Introduction 】
Fuhong Dou Jiang Kuai Che  Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice → Side Attractions → YongKang Beef Noodles Ice Monster

【 Stores 】
This trip will take you to try numerous different dishes, so don’t eat too much at a single restaurant!

Taiwan has a rich food culture full of food that all can enjoy, but because of the variety, it is often difficult to choose between all the delicious restaurants. Don’t worry! This guide will lead you through some of the famed local dishes of Taiwan. Instructions and locations will be available at the bottom of the guide. 
 
【 Fuhang Dou Jiang】
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Fuhang Dou Jiang, 100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, No.108 2F

Throughout history, there have been sayings that never seem to die out, such as “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and in Taiwan that could not be more true. Local breakfast food is something that must be tried when coming to Taiwan, the best store to go to is Fuhang Dou Jiang. Known for their Dou Jiang, or more simply Soy Milk, they also provide the classic Chinese breakfast food. Dan Bing, Sao Bing You Tiao, and Fan Tuan. Though the line may seem long when first getting there, rest assured, the lines will move quickly. Still, getting to the store around 10:00 to 10:30 will allow for fewer people and more space to sit in the restaurant. Though one downside of this restaurant is the fact that they do not have English translations for their menu, it is recommended to download the food translation that is on the bottom of the guide. 
 
【Kuai Che 】
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Kuai Che, 100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, No.47 B1

After breakfast, there is still some time before lunch. Luckily, this is Taipei where snacks are aplenty. Though people might often go for Chia Te Bakery’s famed pineapple cake, one snack that often eludes tourists is pork paper. The snack got its name because it is about as thick as two pieces of paper. The flavor of the pork, soy sauce, and sugar, the lightness of the apple, and the texture of the almonds will make you drool for more. A convenient place to get this snack is at Kuai Che, located at the bottom of the Eslite Department Store near the Taipei Station Mall, it is conveniently located at the bottom third floor of the building. With the store being the first you see if going down the escalator. Though you may have to wait a bit if one had decided to get breakfast early that day,  as soon as the clocks hit eleven, the stores will be ready to go. 
【Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 】
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(Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice Store Front)

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(Lou Rou Fan, their iconic dish)

Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice, No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
 
After shopping for snacks, the hunger will come for round two. As such, it's time to eat one of Taiwan's famed comfort food: Braised Pork Rice. Locals have grown up eating Lou Rou Fan, with its simplistic ingredients, easy to cook, as well as its delicious taste, braised pork rice is a popular dish to many. A dish as popular as this one must have tons of stores, selling this delicious dish and claiming that their own is the best. Unfortunately for most, Jin Feng Lou Rou Fan is the best store to get the delicious food. With cheap prices as well as a great taste, this store is a must-try for all tourists and locals alike.
 
【Things to do Before Dinner 】
One of Taiwan's most well-known landmarks, the Chiang Kai-shek memorial is only several minutes away. Due to the location of Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice, the closest entrance to the hall is from the back. While you may not be able to view the majestic attraction from the front like it is supposed to be viewed, it is quite simple to walk from the back to the front if necessary. With numerous structures nearby and of course, climbing up the famed stairs to the bronze statue is a must for the visit. The next attraction in the park, more specifically 228 Peace Park. Dedicated to the 228 Massacre, this park is host to numerous memorials to the tragic event. This park is home to the National Taiwan Museum and the 228 Park Fude Temple, locations that will be interesting to visit. 
 
【Yong Kang Beef Noodle 】
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(Yong Kang Beef Noodle Store Front)

Yong Kang Beef Noodles, No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

For the final restaurant, it is time to eat Taiwan’s most iconic dish. You might be thinking, “it's going to be soup dumplings at Ding Tai Fung” but that would simply be to cliche. It's the national dish of Taiwan: beef noodle. Beef Noodle is often made with noodles, some stewed or braised beef, beef soup, and garnishes for display as well as to further the flavor of the dish. However, many stores will have variants of the dish, different types of meat, different types of noodles, or perhaps different soups. Though often, stores will provide some source of hot oil, allowing the customers to choose how spicy their noodles will be. Not only do they have beef noodles, but they also have other dishes such as spicy dumplings, dan dan noodles, and Ja Jeong Mian. Eating this restaurant will leave you feeling satisfied. 
 
【Ice Monster 】
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(Ice Monster Store Front)

Ice Monster, 6 No. 204, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

When thinking of Taiwanese desserts, one common thought is the shaved ice. Many stores have their variations of the popular Taiwanese dessert and all are delicious in their own right. But one iconic many tourists and locals head to eat shaved ice is Ice Monster. One of the busiest shaved ice stores in Taipei, the queues will take some time. Known for the Mango Shaved Ice, a dish that features mango-flavored ice paired with a mango ice cream on top and even more sweet sauce to spread over the top, this extravagant dish is a must-eat when visiting Taipei. Not only are they famous for their Mango Shaved Ice, but they also have multiple different flavors, such as their bubble tea flavored and peanut-flavored shaved ice. Throw in a couple of seasonal specials and sweet drinks, this store is a great place to come and relax after a long day. 
 
【Additional Information】
For translations of food names, please reference this link with PDF documents that introduce 100 types of Taiwanese food.
https://www.travel.taipei/en/shop/multilingual-menu-of-one-hundred-foods

Additionally if still not satisfied with the restaurants that are provided,  a list of other snacks and restaurants to try are listed below. 

【Locations】
☉ Fuhang Soy Milk is located at 100, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, No.108,2F
Opening Hours: 5:30 AM ~ 12:30 PM
Busiest Hours: 9:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM

☉Kuai Che Eslite Taipei Station Store is located at, B1,No. 47, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 From there, head down the department to B3
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM ~ 10:30 PM

☉ Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice is located at No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Busiest Hours: 12:00 PM ~ 1:00 PM, 7:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM
Nearby: 2/28 Peace Park, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
 
☉ Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located at No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM

☉YongKang Beef Noodles is located at No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM ~ 9:00 PM

☉ Ice Monster Two Closest  Locations include, 
110, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songgao Road, No. 16,1F
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM ~ 10:00 PM, On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday open at 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM
No. 204, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Opening Hours: 12:00 PM ~ 10:00 PM, on Weekends, 10:30 AM ~ 10:00 PM


【Transportation】

☉ Fuhang Soy Milk -> Kuai Che (5 Min)
From Fuhang, walk to Shandao Temple Station, and take the blue MRT to Taipei Main Station, there should be a store inside the station. 

☉Kuai Che -> Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice (7 Min)
Head from the Taipei Main Station to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, this will be several stops. From there exit via Exit 2, head southeast on 羅斯福路一段/台9線, turn right and Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice should be there. 

☉Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice -> YongKang Beef Noodles (7 Min)
Of course, there is much to do in the afternoon, but for convenience’s sake, this is a path directly from this store to the next.
Walk from Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall to Dongmen Station, exit via Exit 3, Head south on 信義路二段114巷 toward 金山南路二段13巷, Turn left onto 金山南路二段31巷 YongKang Beef Noodles should be there.

☉ Yong Kang Beef Noodles -> Ice Monster (4 Min)
From YongKang, there  are three possible Ice Monsters store that is available depending on what activity you may have planned after this, for the nearest location,
 Head east on 金山南路二段31巷 toward 信義路二段148巷, Turn left onto 信義路二段148巷, turn right onto 信義路二段, Ice Monsters should be in the vicinity. 
Busiest hours 12:00 ~ 1:00 PM, 6:00PM ~ 7:00PM


Other Possible Snacks and Restaurants
    Restaurants:
  • Ding Tai Fung
    • No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
    • 106, Taipei City, Da’an District, Zhongxiao E Rd, Section 3,No.300 B2
    • 110, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songgao Road, 19號B 2
  • Eastern Ice store
    • No. 38, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
  • Slack Season Noodle
    • No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
  • Raw
    • No. 301, Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491
  • Lan Jia Gua Bao
    • No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100
  • Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodles
    • No. 8-1, Emei St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108
  • Lin Dong Fang
    • Address: No. 322, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 104
  • Shilin Night Market
    • Address: Taipei City, 111, No. 65, Section 5, Zhongshan North Road

Snacks:
  1. 糖村SUGAR & SPICE (Store)
  2. Pea Crackers (Most Convenience Stores have this)
  3. Tai Yang Bing (most Bakery stores might have it)
  4. Amo Cakes: Honey Layer Cakes (Store: Snack)
  5. Taiwanese Fruit Jelly (Night Market)
  6. Stinky Tofu (Night Market)
  7. Hu Jiao Bing (Night Market)

 


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