Unusual culinary experiences in Taiwan…

by Laurene Mondet
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Taiwan has amazing mouth-watering cuisine. It is considered weird and bizarre to some of us but delicious for others. If you are eager to learn more about Taiwanese food culture, you will experience a special gastronomy break in Asia.

Street side stores are a big part of Taiwanese culture. They can be found in the famous Taiwanese night markets where you will experience the best city break in Taiwan. Many of the country’s night market dishes are more than just your average snack. Here are three unusual and unmissable snacks in Taiwan.

Stinky Tofu

You can’t say you’ve been to Taiwan without trying this world famous dish. Stinky Tofu is a main staple in every night market throughout Taiwan. You will know when you have found a stinky tofu vendor thanks to the smell of it. But don’t worry, according to locals, the more stinky the bean curd is, the more delicious it is!

If you can get past the terrible smell, you will discover why everyone raves about this fermented treat. Cubes of fermented tofu are deep-fried or grilled and served with pickled vegetables or a spicy Mala sauce made from duck blood. A combination of soy paste, garlic, and spices can be added to enhance the flavour and experience the best gastronomy holiday in Taiwan.

Pig’s blood cake

Most visitors to Taiwan have to work up the nerve to try this hot, spicy snack. Pig’s blood cake is made by combining sticky rice and hot pig’s blood. It is formed into a flat cake that is cut into rectangular pieces and skewered. It usually comes garnished with soy sauce, hot sauce, powdered peanut and cilantro. It is very tasty!

Oyster’s omelettes

First of all, make sure you look for a cart with fresh oysters to prevent any stomach problems! Then go and try this popular seafood snack in a night market to taste the best omelettes. Made with eggs, oysters, cilantro and tapioca starch, each omelette is fried and eaten with a sweet and spicy sauce. In case of egg intolerance, you can try the noodles version, made with thin rice vermicelli.


The Best Themed Restaurants in Taiwan

Nowadays, many restaurants are built differently to attract more and more people. They are different in their design, architecture, theme and many other things. Here are two Taiwanese restaurants with an incredible concept where you will have an unusual and exciting culinary experience.

Modern Toilet restaurant, Taipei

The Modern Toilet restaurant has an odd name but is surprisingly popular. The restaurant has a bathroom decor, with colourful toilet seat being the standard chairs at the restaurant. It also serves food in plates and bowls shaped like western loo seats and Japanese toilets. The food is as good as the décor so visit the Modern Toilet restaurant and experience a special gastronomy break in Asia.

D.S. Music Restaurant, Taipei

The name D.S. Music Restaurant hints in no way to what actually awaits you inside. Wait staff, dressed in nurse uniforms, push you to your table in wheelchairs, where your drinks are served from an IV-like contraption hanging from the ceiling. The “nurses” ask trivia questions, and if you get them right, you’re rewarded with shots of a tasty drink squirted into your mouth with a syringe! While hospital food isn't exactly pleasing, fare at the unique DS Music Restaurant is sure to please your taste buds.

Learn how to cook traditional Taiwanese cuisine

Imagine you have discovered an amazing dish in Taiwan and you would like to cook it at home for your loved one. Here is the best cooking class in Taipei to learn how to prepare delicious Taiwanese food for a special romantic dinner with your lover.

Jodie’s Kitchen

Enjoy a cooking class with delicious Taiwanese food, followed by a meal and an invigorating walk with spectacular views of Taipei city, mountain temples and forests. Most classes are suitable for beginners so you have no excuses to miss them!

The class usually starts at 10.00 and finishes at 12.30 when you eat what you have prepared and is followed by a walking tour which includes drinks and snacks. The classes concentrate on dishes easy to prepare. Each recipe is designed to introduce you to key techniques that form the basis of many popular dishes from Taiwanese cuisine.

With all those recommendations, you should experience the best city getaway in Taiwan and taste unusual dishes you will never forget.

Where to stay?

Les Suites Taipei Ching-Cheng is a member of Great Hotels of the World’s Luxury collection.

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