Life

Taste of Taiwan

  • pearl-milk-teaPearl Milk Tea:  Also known as “Bubble milk tea” or pearl milk tea originates from Taichung and is made of a mixture of black tea, milk, and sago pearls. The combination of fragrant tea and chewy sago has made this beverage popular not only in Taiwan but in other countries as well. In many Chinatowns across the world, you can find this refreshing beverage.
  • xiaolongbaoXiaolongbao: Xiaolongbao is a type of steamed bun (baozi) from the Jiangnan region of China. It is traditionally prepared in xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which gives them their name. One of the world’s most famous Xiaolongbao restaurant is a Michelin restaurant in Taiwan.
  • taiwan_beerTaiwan Beer: It is a large-market beer brewed by the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation. Taiwan Beer is an amber lager beer with a distinct taste produced by the addition of locally produced Ponlai rice during the fermentation process. In 2012 Taiwan Beer introduced two new brews with tropical fruit flavours added: mango and pineapple. With 2.8% alcohol content and sweeter flavour, these beverages are more popular during the summer. Two new flavors, grape and orange, were introduced to the line in 2013. Moreover, these drinks are very cheap, you can buy a can of Taiwanese beer for approximately 1 Euro.
  • Beef noodle: Beef noodle is a Taiwanese noodle soup made of stewed or red braised beef, beef broth, vegetables and Chinese noodles. There are two common variations of beef noodle which differ in the way the broth is prepared. When soy sauce is added, the soup is called red roasted or braised beef noodles. Braised beef noodles were from mainland China to Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Therefore it is sometimes (misleadingly) referred to as “Szechuan Beef Noodle Soup”. The Chinese Muslim style of beef noodles is also known as clear-broth or consommé-stewed beef noodles. It often uses halal meat and contains no soy sauce, resulting in a stronger beef taste. Salt, red chilies, star anise, white pepper, and green onions are used to add flavoring to the soup. In halal restaurants, only quality local beef from the Taiwanese zebu (lit. “Yellow cattle”) prepared by the local halal butcher is used for the beef noodles.

Nightlife

Not only does Taipei provide some of the best food and entertainment in Asia, the nightlife is an amazing experience that won’t burn a hole in your wallet and brings visitors from all over the world. Nightlife in Taipei isn’t just about the clubs and bars (although Taipei has some great ones!). Whether you’re a foodie, singer, dancer, or even a bookworm, there is something in Taipei for you to enjoy in the late night hours. Below find the best ways to enjoy Taipei’s diverse nightlife.

  • Night Markets = Heaven on Earth
    chicken_filletTaiwan offers the best night markets in the world, where you can indulge in endless amounts of cheap food, fun games, and shopping. It’s an incredible experience that cannot be missed.
  • Breath-taking Night Views
    taipei-101-night-viewTaipei city looks great during the day, but it’s even better at night. There are many beautifully lit up places to visit, including Lover’s Bridge in Danshui, Miramar Mall at Jiannan Station, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and of course, Taipei 101.
  • The Highest Concentration of 24 Hour Convenience Stores
    What do 7-11, Family Mart, and Hi Mart have in common? They’re all well-known chains of convenience stores and can be found on practically every block in Taipei and are open 24/7. They are also the perfect place to pregame before your night begins or satisfy your late-night munchies.
  • Hot Nightclubs That Are Loved by Locals and Foreigners Alike
    Clubs in Taipei are actually a great place to meet people, party, and dance. The cover charge is also much more affordable than other major cities in Asia, and ladies get free entry on certain days, depending on the club.
  • Karaoke All Day, Any Day
    Sing, dance, and party with your friends all night in a private karaoke  room (KTW) like a local. Some KTV places include free food, rooms are affordable and spacious, and some rooms are even equipped with a private restroom (believe me, you’ll need it)!
  • Late Night Shrimping
    Test your patience and skills with this addicting Taiwanese sport: shrimping.
  • Late Night Eats For Every Craving – Taiwanese Breakfast
    youtiaoWhat’s better than dancing all night until the club closes (at 4AM) and then being able to dunk fresh youtiao (deep-fried “donuts”) into a warm bowl of doujiang (soybean milk)? Not much that we can think of.
  • Late Night Eats For Every Craving – Taiwanese Stir Fry
    For fresh and affordable seafood cooked with a hint of Taiwanese flavor, head to a nearby stir fry restaurant, also known as rechao (熱炒) in Mandarin. Stir fry places are also a great place for a late dinner since most places are open until 2AM or later. Some restaurants even offer all-you-can-eat rice and ice cream, so you’ll definitely leave with a full stomach. Each plate costs 3-6 Euros.
  • Book Browsing at Any Hour
    Ever wish you can just sit back and relax with a nice book? You can do just that all day, any day, at many Eslite bookstores in Taipei.
  • Taxis Are Affordable and Everywhere
    If the Taipei Metro (MRT) isn’t your preferred way to travel, it’s a good thing taxis in Taipei are both easily accessible and affordable. A taxi in Tokyo starts at around 600 Yen (about 4.5 Euros) whereas a taxi in Taipei starts at only 80 NTD (about 2 Euros)! Whether you’re out clubbing or bar hopping, it’s usually easy to catch a cab, especially if you’re in the downtown area.
  • Thriving Indie Music Scene
    If Top 40 hits aren’t your thing, you’re in luck – Taiwan has a thriving indie music scene. Taiwanese youth can often be found watching live music performances and supporting their favorite indie bands. Some well-known indie bands include Tizzy Bac and Won Fu.
  • It’s Safe
    When you’re out at night. The Xinyi District of Taipei, where multiple night clubs, bars, and pubs are located, is significantly safer than the downtown of major US cities.