There’s a saying in Taiwan that people don’t greet you with “ni hao.”
They ask, “Have you eaten yet?”
That doesn’t surprise me considering how readily available food is in Taiwan — and how many people eat out rather than cook at home.
Taipei has become a mecca for foodies who love Asian-style street food. A survey done by Taiwan’s tourism bureau reported that more than half of the international tourists visiting Taiwan picked food as one of the major reasons for their trip to this island. That percentage was even higher from visitors from New Zealand and Japan.
And I bet if the bureau had surveyed folks from Hawaii, it would have been even higher.
Eating and trying Taiwan’s interesting dishes was high on my list of things to do while here. I had heard about items like stinky tofu and rice noodle soup and Taiwanese shave ice — and since I’m here, I may as well try them!
So on Thursday, we went on a whirlwind tour of the city, eating everything in sight. We skipped the touristy night markets and went straight for the back alleys where restaurants don’t have names and the food is everything you imagine it would be.
Here’s what we did — and ate:
Follow my adventures in Taipei on Twitter @thedailydish and on Instagram @catherinetoth. Special thanks to Hawaiian Airlines for allowing me to be part of this special inaugural flight. And special shout-out to Sara Lin, who took us around and showed us how Taiwanese REALLY eat.