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  • We're in Taipei!

  • And today we're gonna go taste

  • some of the must-eats

  • from world famous pork rice and noodle soup

  • to life changing bubble tea.

  • Let's go!

  • So, for a classic Taiwanese breakfast

  • you want to come to Soy Milk King.

  • They specialize in traditional breakfast dishes

  • including variations of the youtiao.

  • Youtiao are deep-fried breadsticks

  • but also known as the Chinese donut.

  • So what I have in front of me right now

  • is the youtiao wrapped in a layer of flatbread

  • or shao bing and egg

  • and a salty soybean soup to go with it.

  • I'm gonna start with the flatbread.

  • Oh, it's super crispy.

  • It's basically a carb overdose.

  • I like that the egg is in there

  • 'cause it makes me feel like I'm actually having breakfast.

  • And it comes with this soy paste on the table.

  • So I'm gonna put some on to see how that tastes.

  • The soy paste is kind of sweet.

  • Well, it actually brings out more flavor in the wrap.

  • I can't imagine having it without it now.

  • It's really good.

  • I think I'm gonna try some of the salty soy milk now.

  • Mmm.

  • So, I've had sweet soy milk before.

  • This is my first time ever having savory soy milk.

  • It's actually really good.

  • It tastes a little bit like savory tofu

  • because the milk kind of hardens a little bit.

  • So, you get this kind of stewy tofu texture,

  • and it softens up the pastry a little bit.

  • So, it becomes all the more hearty.

  • I can see why people have these two together.

  • People don't usually dip it but

  • I think I'm gonna do it anyway.

  • This is definitely my favorite way of having it.

  • This is Ay-Chung.

  • They sell only one thing

  • rice flour noodles.

  • So as you can see

  • it's one of the most popular spots in town.

  • So once you make your way through that crowd

  • you can add as much garlic, vinegar, and chilli

  • to your bowl as you like.

  • I've added kind of a bit of everything,

  • so let's see what that tastes like.

  • This is so good.

  • You know the bonito fish flakes that dance around

  • on top of the Japanese takoyaki balls?

  • That's what this soup is made of.

  • It's a bonito fish flake broth

  • and they've probably put so much in there

  • which is why it's got this really nice and rich

  • almost creamy texture.

  • And the noodles are super soft and silky

  • and delicate.

  • I mean, I've never had noodles with a spoon before

  • so that speaks to just how soft they are.

  • And I've added chilli, vinegar, and garlic.

  • Just a spoonful of each.

  • Not to overdo it

  • but that really brings out the umami flavor

  • in the bonito fish flakes.

  • It's just such a hearty bowl.

  • We're here at yet another busy spot.

  • This is Jin Feng.

  • It's braised pork rice might just be

  • one of the best in town.

  • It's essentially just a bowl of white rice

  • with delicately braised pork on top

  • and winter melon on the side.

  • Let's give it a go.

  • This is delicious.

  • The pork is really rich.

  • You can tell how much time has gone

  • into cooking the pork

  • by just how flavorful it is,

  • which is probably why they give you

  • such a big mound of white rice.

  • The winter melon is there

  • to kind of balance out the flavor.

  • It's little bit pickled so it's kind of sour

  • but definitely takes away from just how rich the pork is.

  • This actually reminds me of hong shao rou

  • the Shanghainese dish

  • in the sense that they both kind of share that really

  • juicy and fatty characteristic.

  • The difference is,

  • this one's minced up

  • whereas hong shao rou comes in bigger pieces.

  • Mmm. Delicious.

  • So, this place is a little special.

  • Niu Ba Ba specializes in braised beef noodle soup.

  • They fly in premium cuts of meat

  • from Australia and the U.S

  • which adds to the price tag of their signature

  • Presidential Noodle Soup.

  • A whopping 10,000 Taiwanese dollars.

  • Obviously there are more affordable options on the menu,

  • but we decided we definitely needed to try the country's

  • most expensive noodles.

  • So, here we go.

  • Look at the size of this meat.

  • Nice, firm, thick noodles.

  • Wow.

  • These noodles are so full of flavor

  • and so silky smooth.

  • When I ordered, they gave me four options of noodles.

  • They vary in thickness,

  • and really it's just made to order.

  • Personal preference but

  • these were the ones they recommended.

  • They're the second biggest ones.

  • What a good choice.

  • Now let's give the beef a try.

  • These are all different cuts of beef.

  • This tastes like a brisket

  • so incredibly tender.

  • It's got the flavor of the broth just soaked right through.

  • It goes really well with the noodles.

  • If I had to describe this

  • I'd say it tastes like 10,000 dollars.

  • When you come to Taipei

  • you cannot miss bubble tea.

  • This is a sweet drink

  • that comes with either a fruit, coffee, or tea base.

  • This is a Taiwanese staple.

  • Anyway, we're here at Chun Shui Tang

  • and it's claimed to have invented bubble tea in Taiwan.

  • I've got their signature bubble pearl milk tea.

  • Let's give it a try.

  • Mmm.

  • This is really good.

  • I've had many bubble teas in my life

  • and a lot of them have been made out of powder.

  • I know that this place makes them with fresh tea leaves.

  • And you can really taste the tea flavor.

  • And it's not that sweet.

  • This is probably one of the best bubble teas I've ever had.

  • Yummy!

  • So this is the Tonghua Night Market

  • one of many in Taiwan.

  • And these are some of the best places

  • to find some amazing street food.

  • I've heard a lot about this da chang bao xiao chang

  • so I'm really excited to have found it here.

  • It's a pretty crazy snack.

  • Basically, it's a glutinous rice sausage

  • cut open and filled with another sausage.

  • Let's give it a go.

  • The sausage is actually pretty sweet.

  • It tastes like a honey sausage.

  • I asked for the garlic one

  • so it's super garlicky.

  • And the glutinous rice kind of balances everything out

  • because it's just plain rice

  • but the texture is really nice

  • 'cause it's a little bit like a mochi

  • nice and sticky.

  • It's gonna take me a while to work this one off but

  • 10 out of 10 would order again.

  • This is probably my favorite dessert in all of Taipei.

  • It's a peanut brittle ice cream spring roll.

  • Essentially, it's all in the name.

  • It's a wrap with peanut brittle and ice cream

  • rolled up into a little burrito.

  • Oh, and you can opt add coriander into it.

  • I've never tried it from this stall

  • so I'm pretty excited to see what's up.

  • Mmm.

  • It's just the way I like it.

  • So the ice cream in here is