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In this episode, we will be showing you some of the BEST and CHEAPEST traditional Taiwanese street food in the ancient neighborhood of Datong and the famous old street – Dihua St in Taipei, TAIWAN. Let’s go!
We are starting the day outside of Dadaocheng Temple, where there are tons of street food stalls and a food court. We visited our favorite shop that sells meat porridge and red yeast pork. Sitting under the banyan tree with a view of the temple is the best way to start the day. The cost of the porridge and pork is 85 NTD (USD $2.84).
Next, we visit a nearby local restaurant that serves a giant pork rib soup with vegetable rice. The ribs were massive! The vegetable rice complimented the soup very nicely. The restaurant had a street food vibe and the food was priced together at 90 NTD (USD $3.01).
Next we head into the heart of the old district to Dihua Street, one of Taipei’s most historical areas. Dihua St. is an important street for locals, especially during the Lunar New Year, as there is lots of specialty Chinese/medicinal ingredients. We visit a stall that serves Taiwanese Bitter tea, which is known to have detoxifying abilities (30 NTD / USD $1.00). It was too bitter for our liking and very difficult to drink. We washed it down with Aloe tea which was much more tasty and refreshing (30 NTD / USD $1.00).
On the corner of Dihua St., we knew of a street food stall that served 4 Spirits Soup, which is packed with tons of unique ingredients, but since it’s only available in the summer season, we tried their HUGE meat buns instead. PACKED with pork, green onions and black pepper, it tasted similar to the black pepper buns from Taiwanese night markets (30 NTD / USD $1.00).
Since the soup wasn’t available, we wanted to try something similar. We tried another well known soup that is said to have medicinal properties – Ginseng Chicken soup, from another restaurant on Dihua St. The light broth had a rich flavor, and it contained a lot of chicken, with ingredients sold outside like goji berries. It was more expensive than the other street foods we’ve tried (220 NTD / USD $7.35). �
There was one final traditional snack we wanted to try and that was almond tea with you tiao (油條). It is thick and looks like milk, but has a fruity and sweet taste. It is more difficult to find authentic almond tea, but this place is definitely one of them! (30 NTD for tea + 15 NTD for you tiao / USD $1.00 + USD $0.50).
1 – Dadaocheng Cisheng Temple 大稻埕慈聖宮天上聖母
No. 17, Lane 49, Bao’an Street, Datong District, Taipei
2 – Porridge and pork at 葉家肉粥
No. 17號, Lane 49, Bao’an Street, Datong District, Taipei
3 – Rib Soup and rice at 灶頂 原汁排骨湯,高麗菜飯
No. 2, Lane 17, Section 3, Yanping North Road, Datong District, Taipei
4 – Dihua Street 迪化街
Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District, Taipei
5 – Herbal tea at 姚德和青草號
No. 55號, Minle St, Datong District, Taipei
6 – Meat bun at 妙口四神湯肉包專賣店
No. 388號, Minsheng West Road, Datong District, Taipei
7 – Ginseng Chicken Soup at 湘帝御膳食堂
No. 62, Section 1, Dihua St., Datong District, Taipei
8 – Almond tea at 永昌傳統豆花店
No. 9, Yongchang Street, Datong District, Taipei
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We’re Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson, food lovers and world travellers! We make videos about local, authentic and unique foods from across the globe. We particularly like to sample street food across Asia. We are based in Taiwan where we frequent the best Taiwanese street food stops and create travel content to make finding food in Taiwan easier for YOU! Although we are based in Taiwan we travel the majority of the year around the world in search of the best food. We’ve filmed in Japan, The Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka, Canada and the list is still growing! Our mission is to create content that is entertaining, informative, honest and fun! We love what we do and we are always grateful for your support! Thank you and see you on the next episode!
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