aving lived there for a
summer years ago, Taiwan
feels like my second home.
A small but beautiful country, it’s
full of welcoming people, abundant
sightseeing opportunities and, best
of all, fantastic food. During my
recent winter break in January, I
was lucky enough to return to Taipei
with my family to visit friends and,
more importantly, stuff my stomach
to my heart’s content.
Food plays an important role in
Asian culture, as meals bring people
together and can subsequently
strengthen relationships. Therefore,
it isn’t surprising that it is almost
impossible to turn a corner in Taipei
without seeing a place that offers
authentic and affordable food.
From bustling night markets such
as Shilin Night Market to hole-in-the-wall cafes and fine-dining
restaurants, some of my most
memorable eats during my trip
were Taiwanese shaved mango
snowflake ice at Ice Monster;
delicate handcrafted desserts from
Letao cafe in Zhongshan District;
slow-cooked braised pork over
rice at Jin Feng; and xiao long
bao (mini soup dumplings) at the
original Din Tai Fung.
Taipei should be on any food
enthusiast’s travel list because
eating well won’t break the bank.
Although I was sad to leave, I know
I will be back as soon as I can.
Sharing meals strengthens
a family’s bond on a trip
to Taiwan’s capital city
By Kathleen Lee
The writer (third from left) with family and friends
Shilin Night Market is a popular foodie stop in Taipei.