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  • If you Google the words 'Taiwan' and 'foodie' you'll get over a million results

  • and see words like 'paradise' and 'heaven'

  • repeatedly used to articulate why Taiwan is the world's hottest destination for food lovers.

  • Before visiting Taiwan myself, I have to admit I didn't really realize that it's known

  • as THE place to come and eat but I understood why very quickly.

  • In this video, I'm showing you some delicious foods to try that you cannot miss,

  • but check out my other Taiwan food videos for more.

  • As always with yummy food videos, sorry in advance if you're watching on an empty stomach.

  • Let's start with something classic you find on nearly every street corner: bubble tea.

  • There's some mystery around the exact origins of this magical elixir

  • but the gist of it is that the founder of a tea house in Taichung started serving tea cold in the 1980s

  • after he saw coffee being served that way.

  • Then, during a staff meeting in 1988, his product development manager

  • dumped her tapioca pudding into her tea and everybody loved it.

  • Within a few months, this new concoction outsold all the other teas

  • and now it's one of Taiwan's best-known exports.

  • Hear that sound?

  • This is my absolute favourite kind of bubble tea.

  • It's the brown sugar milk pearl tea.

  • It's definitely sweet but it's not too sweet

  • and you can choose if you want sugar or not and how much sugar you want

  • and whether you want the little balls or not.

  • You can also have it just without thethe balls but why would you?

  • Thank you, Taiwan, for creating bubble tea.

  • I also learned how to make the little balls that go in bubble tea at a Taiwanese cooking class

  • so I'll link that video if you want to see how they're made.

  • So if I have bubble tea in one hand

  • there is no question what you'll find in my other hand: dumplings.

  • Possibly the most famous dumplingsor xiaolongbao - in the world come from Taiwan,

  • specifically from a restaurant called Din Tai Fung.

  • It's now a major international brand.

  • You may have even heard of it.

  • But it all started in a small shop in Taipei in 1958.

  • We went to the location at the bottom of Taipei 101, which is a major landmark in Taiwan.

  • And obviously other than actually eating the food,

  • the best part is that you can watch where a very talented crew of people actually make the dumplings.

  • Even though they're incredibly fasttheir skill level means that each dumpling is top notch quality.

  • And this might not mean as much unless you've actually tried to make dumplings yourself,

  • but after I gave it a try at a cooking class, I have a whole new appreciation for the craftsmanship

  • that goes into each and every little dumpling.

  • The ones I made, for example, had four folds, the Din Tai Fung dumplings have 18 folds.

  • 18!

  • They're impossibly thin and delicate with a juicy filling inside

  • and I feel like if there's a gold standard for dumplings, Din Tai Fung is it.

  • You take the dumpling in one hand with your chopsticks and hold a spoon with the other

  • because it's so juicy that, when you bite into it, the spoon helps to catch the liquid.

  • We loved adding the signature sauce as well, which is a blend of soy sauce, vinegar, and loads of ginger.

  • We tried different kinds of dumplings and I liked them all

  • but the traditional pork were my favourite.

  • It was a true feast and the table was just laden with food.

  • We also had the Din Tai Fung house special of bean sprouts, glass noodles,

  • strips of seaweed, and bean curd,

  • as well as cucumbers in chili oil,

  • some fried rice,

  • and wontons in a spicy sauce.

  • The hot and sour soup was full of flavour

  • with ingredients like tofu and wood ear mushrooms (which I don't normally like)

  • and I appreciate that they don't make it too hot on purpose

  • so that you can add your own spice to taste.

  • Din Tai Fung is very, very popular so try to book a reservation in advance

  • or be prepared to wait.

  • As you can tell, though, it is worth it.

  • Also, the staff could not have been nicer here.

  • This lovely woman that I was chatting with literally chased after me when I left the restaurant

  • to gift me with a bag of pineapple cake.

  • Speaking of desserts: we need to talk about shaved ice.

  • It's a specialty in Taiwan and, if you've seen my other Taiwan videos,

  • you know that it gets very hot in the summertime, like really hot,

  • and the absolute best way to cool down is digging into some shaved ice.

  • There are tons of different ways that you can eat it

  • but we had an extra special kind on the island of Xiao Liuqiu.

  • I don't know what I've been doing with my life

  • that I haven't eaten out of a conch shell before this moment but,

  • let me tell you, it tastes way better and I'm tempted in a way to just go full mermaid

  • and try serving other foods in shells.

  • Anyway we tried three kinds on a scorcher of a day.

  • The first are caramelized mulberry and fresh aiyu jelly.

  • Now aiyu isn't very common to find outside Taiwan and it's a new taste for me.

  • It's made from the gel of a seed of a type of fig that's indigenous to Taiwan so it's really special.

  • And we also had straight shaved ice topped with bitter mango

  • and the coldness of the ice and the tartness of the fruit really just took the edge off the hot day.

  • On the other hand, if you want to tuck into something hot and cozy,

  • then another of Taiwan's best loved dishes is beef noodle soup

  • or just 'beef noodles' as it's more commonly called.

  • It's exactly what it sounds like: beef, broth, and noodles

  • often served with green onions or other vegetables in it as well.

  • And one bowl can easily satisfy as a whole meal but there are often side dishes served with it as well.

  • We had it with cucumber in sesame sauce and braised eggplant which was delicious.

  • I learned how beef noodles are made in a different video

  • so I'll link that if you want to see how you can try making them at home too.

  • There's something just so comforting about staring down at a steaming, glistening bowl of soup

  • and slurping noodles.

  • If all the slurping works up a thirst, then another drink to try in Taiwan is sugarcane juice.

  • Sugarcane used to be a huge industry and export in Taiwan

  • and we were lucky enough to try it for the first time at an old sugarcane factory.

  • Oh!

  • I love that!

  • It's really cool though to drink sugarcane juice for the first time

  • in a place that used to be a sugarcane factory,

  • which was a huge industry here in Taiwan for a very long time.

  • So this feels very appropriate.

  • From sugarcane to another drink made with cane sugar,

  • I have to include this next Taiwanese classic too.

  • Ok I had to show you this because

  • I can't tell you how many litres of this I've drank since we've been in Taiwan.

  • It's a…it's a Taiwanese drink and it's apple cider.

  • There's the beautiful packaging.

  • I'm just obsessed with the logo.

  • For some reason it just makes me crazy.

  • It has cane sugar in it, apple juice obviously.

  • It's carbonated so it's got these super refreshing bubbles when it's cold, cold, cold.

  • Oh!

  • Oh my god.

  • I have had this so many times and that is still my first reaction with every first sip that I take

  • because it's just that good and I'm going to miss this so, so much when we leave Taiwan.

  • If you're in Taiwan, definitely find this.

  • 7-11, lots of places.

  • One of my favourite discoveries in Taiwan.

  • Yes, definitely one of my favourite discoveries.

  • Just seeing the label of this bottle makes me feel happy.

  • I even found a postcard with an illustration of it

  • and I bought it so that I can hopefully frame it someday.

  • Now in a country known for its tea plantations, you cannot leave without trying milk tea.

  • This is Rose Honey Milk Tea.

  • It's been recommended.

  • There are lots of flavours and brands but my favourite is Rose Honey Milk Tea.

  • Oh my god that's good.

  • Right?

  • Oh!

  • Four words that I now like to see together.

  • The same brand does my other favourite: rose milk tea.

  • How satisfying is this bottle?

  • I think I just got it on my nose.

  • Mmmit's just sweet enough.

  • So smooth, so delicious.

  • The rose flavoureven if you don't think you're going to like rose just try it

  • because I think you'll like it

  • and if you're someone like me who's obsessed with rose-flavoured anything this is heaven.

  • I'm really going to miss this.

  • I hope this video gives you some insight into why Taiwan is such a paradise for food lovers.

  • Bubble tea,

  • dumplings,

  • shaved ice,

  • beef noodles,

  • sugarcane juice,

  • apple cider,

  • and milk tea should all be on your taste bud wish list.

  • Yes, I have a taste bud wish list, don't you?

  • Check out my other videos about food in Taiwan

  • and make sure to subscribe for more travel adventures.

  • If you enjoyed this video, give it a thumbs up.

  • And I'd love to hear which of these foods or drinks is your favourite

  • or what else you'd recommend people try in Taiwan

  • so please leave a comment below.

  • Talking about this has made me so hungry so I'm going to go find something to eat.

  • Thanks for watching!

If you Google the words 'Taiwan' and 'foodie' you'll get over a million results

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    佳萱 posted on 2018/09/03
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