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In 2015, Taiwan had roughly 10 million international visitors. Which is impressive for a small island nation about the size of Belgium. There is a multitude of reasons to travel to Taiwan, one of the most popular reasons is for its food scene. Taiwan is a melting pot of great culinary traditions, both Chinese and foreign, and is widely considered one of the leading food nations in Asia if not the world.
Taiwan’s Night Markets
Taiwan’s delicacies can best be sampled in the night markets. Every city has one, and for visitors, there is no better place to sample the authentic food of the country. Not only is the food delicious, but it is also inexpensive and gives true insight about where the dishes originate and the culture of the people behind the cuisine.
Feng Chia Night Market
For example, in Taichung City, there is Feng Chia Night Market. It is the largest night market among Taiwan night markets. Here you can find interesting, local, exotic and delicious food such as the “Feng Chia Four-in-One”. This delightful and refreshing dessert made with a mixture of jelly fig, tapioca pearls, Kumquat and lemon juice is favored by the locals, especially the students of Feng Chia University situated right next door.
Raohe St. Night Market
Another night market worth exploring is the Raohe St. Night Market. This is one of the most popular night markets in the bustling City of Taipei. The crowd is a diverse mix of tourists and local Taipei citizens. There is a variety of food available to be enjoyed by all. The market proudly features local favorites such as pork feet noodle string (finger licking braised pork knuckle), beef noodle soup, herbal stew of ribs, and bubble tea. It offers further diversity with choices from Indian and Pakistani cuisines.
Taiwan’s 25th Culinary Exhibition
If visiting Taiwan is on your radar, and experiencing the culture’s food is on the top of your list, try to plan your visit around the 5th thru the 8th of August this year, when the 25th Taiwan Culinary Exhibition will be held at the Taipei World Trade Exhibition Center. This year’s theme is “Taiwan’s Era of Pure Food”.
Education food-lovers on Taiwanese Cuisine
Like most cuisines from Asian nations, Taiwanese food is best known for being flavorful and satisfying. What is often underappreciated is understanding that fine ingredients go into the creation of these mouth-watering dishes. This exhibition will be focusing primarily on educating food-lovers on the unique aspects of Taiwanese cuisine through the use of local ingredients which is the basis for original flavors.
Watch the best chefs in the country in action
The scale of the show has expanded to a total of six exhibition areas. This large scale venue provides all visitors the opportunity to see some of the best chefs in the country in action, and sample the range of the cuisine by visiting the many booths. There are also many interactive activities, and it looks to be quite the experience for anyone who enjoys great food and fun interaction with local food industry professionals. It is also a great forum to learn of the anthropology of a wonderfully diverse nation through its food.
Visit Taiwan, and experience what it is that bring millions of travelers over to this small and diversely unique country year after year.