Feeling brave? Be sure to try some of these weird eats next time you’re in Taiwan.
1. Stinky tofu – 臭豆腐
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The truth is, stinky tofu (cho doufu, 臭豆腐) doesn’t look at all bad. But its smell is overwhelming that you’ll definitely smell it before you see it.
Your first experience with Stinky Tofu may not be pleasant, but many come to love it, especially at night markets like Shilin, Once you’ve tried the more readily available fried stinky tofu, graduate to the steamed version – it’s far stinkier.
You can get it streetside and at most night markets, like Shilin Night Market.Quota exceeded
2. Century egg – 皮蛋
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Century egg is traditionally a preserved duck egg, but using chicken eggs have now become more common. Either way, the eggs are preserved for several months in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls. The egg whites turn a kind of black-brown translucent colour, while the yolk changes from orange to green.
Still interested? Century eggs have a certain musky flavour; most first-timers will likely find it weird though perhaps not unpleasant.
Century eggs are sold in packs at supermarkets all over Taiwan and are also often served with kung pao chicken at restaurants around Taipei.
3. Pig’s blood rice cake – 豬血糕
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A mixture of pig’s blood, rice and seasoning is moulded onto a stick, boiled and then coated in crushed peanuts and coriander. You’ll find this on many street corners in Taipei sold by vendors all over. It is very popular at night markets too, as it is an on-the-go quick snack.
豬大郎 up in NeiHu is our favourite rice cake vendor. Theirs doesn’t have a strong taste of blood; you eat this more for the texture than the flavour. Dig in but be aware, these can be pretty addictive!Quota exceeded
4. Duck blood – 鴨血
If you’ve travelled to Northern Thailand or Vietnam, then you may be familiar with duck blood soup. However, Taiwan’s take is slightly different: duck blood is congealed into a jelly-like substance and then dropped into mouth numbing hot pot or mixed in with your noodles. It holds its shape and has a silky smooth consistency.
The taste of duck blood is a lot milder than that of pig’s blood, but the texture can often put a lot of people off.
For hot pot in Taipei we like 無老鍋.
Pro tip: go halves on your hot pot as shown above – get it half spicy and half with a Chinese medicinal herb broth for extra local flavour.Quota exceeded
5. Chicken butt barbecue sticks – 雞屁股
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Yes, you read that correctly: chicken butt. Taken from the very end of a chicken’s tailbone, this is quite often found barbecued on a stick by street vendors, with anywhere from four to six chicken butts crammed onto one stick and flavoured with a sweet marinade.
The meat itself is quite fatty, and there can sometimes be a little cartilage in there, too. It makes for a unique experience, as it actually tastes quite good (once you manage to get over the fact that you are eating chicken butt).Quota exceeded
6. Chicken feet – 雞腳
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Chicken feet have very little, to no, meat on them – they are mainly skin and bone. The skin is slightly slimy and is often coated with spices for flavour, but those who like it swear by it.
上海老天祿滷味 in XiMenDing is your one-stop shop for chicken’s feet.Quota exceeded
7. Chicken comb – 雞冠
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What exactly is chicken comb? The comb of a chicken is found on the head; it’s that red thing that wobbles from side to side as it walks!
The outside of the comb is slightly rubbery but the inside is a little gooey and chewy. It’s worth a go, but we’re guessing it isn’t for everyone.
Find it at night markets all around town; Shilin Night Market has a good selection.Quota exceeded
8. Duck tongue – 鴨舌
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上海老天祿滷味 in Ximending is definitely the place to get duck tongue from in Taipei: the duck tongue here is spicy and delicious.
The shape of the tongue is not entirely expected: there are also two “extra” stringy bits protruding from the base of the tongue. It’s worth a try, for the story if nothing else.Quota exceeded
Hi, my name is Ash. I have been living and working in Taipei, Taiwan for over 2 years, now. Having moved here from England, upon arrival I was shocked at the range of Taiwanese food and also the passion and pride that the Taiwanese have for their food. The food scene in Taipei is diverse, accessible and exciting, and I am looking forward to sharing my food experiences with you.