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Many travelers enjoy tasting local dishes when visiting new cities. However, Taipei street food can be quite intimidating. Many items may look unfamiliar or downright shocking. With names like “stinky tofu” and “milkfish,” trying traditional Taiwanese food can be hard to initiate. Some foreign travelers may also be concerned with getting sick or reading menus that are only written in Mandarin. Taipei Eats Food Tour was created to help visitors conquer these types of challenges.
Taipei Eats specializes in English-based walking food tours that provide visitors with an easy way to taste popular Taiwanese dishes. They visit only the most authentic locations—spots that are popular with locals and off the tourist path. A typical tour will include some combination of outdoor markets, street food vendors, and small family-run restaurants. However, don’t be surprised if you end up in a factory or upscale restaurant as the tour is constantly changing.
One of the most popular excursions is the Taipei Eats Xinyi District Backstreets Food tour, which focuses on sampling classic Taiwanese dishes. It lasts about four hours and consists of 12 tastings. Guests usually enjoy experiencing stinky tofu (with a professional guide), betel nut, and gua bao which is a type of Taiwanese burger.
With small group sizes—no more than eight people per tour—guests can interact with the guide and other tour members. In addition to food-related questions, guides may also provide insight into local traditions, culture, and current events. By the time the tour ends you’re guaranteed to tour the local markets with confidence!
Cover image courtesy of Taipei Eats.