Our XinYi food tour takes you through the small alleys of a district typically associated with sleek shopping malls, convention centers, and Taipei 101. We’ll lead you away from tourist crowds on an adventure sampling authentic, modern Taiwanese good eats.
Taipei Eats Food Tours
After years living abroad, food-obsessed founders Mike Lee and Tina Fong returned to Taiwan and rediscovered the culinary masterpieces of their homeland. The desire to share their unique outsider-insider perspective coupled with their love for food culminated in early-2015 as Taipei Eats. The goal has been and continues to be, to offer curated English-language walking food tours that give visitors a “taste” of why Taipei has been called a foodie’s paradise by outlets such as CNN and Conde Nast Traveller.
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What to Expect
The Journey is the Adventure
Our Taipei food tours take between two to four hours and are held at a leisurely pace, giving you plenty of time to soak up the history of popular dishes and a chance to observe traditional and modern Taiwanese culture, while eliminating your concern of where to eat in Taipei.
The Path Less Traveled
Tour Taipei with Taipei Eats to go where other Taipei walking tours do not: Our tours will have you walk over 15,000 steps (yes, we’ve counted) through quiet backstreets known only to locals, in pursuit of culinary gems you won’t find listed in any guidebook.
Our Taipei day tours combine native knowledge with constant research to bring you the most appetizing local eats that Taipei has to offer. (Fact: we spent over six whole months simply eating food to create the itineraries for our Taipei tours. Tough job, we know)..
Our Taiwan food tour caters to adventurous foodies, like you! We welcome those who want
to move beyond the touristy night markets and sterile mall food courts, and onto the true culinary spirit of Taiwan. Vegetarians, welcome! Parents, bring your children! We aim to make your food tour in Taipei both informative, accommodating, and most importantly- tasty.
Culture & History Through food
In the course of our Taipei food tour, you’ll have a chance to visit vendors that have been operating for generations and taste their artisan recipes – some handed down for over a century. Experience the Taiwanese culinary philosophy of “eat well, eat often”!
Our guides serve as your local friend, showing you our favorite spots around Taipei for an afternoon. When your Taiwan food tour comes to an end, we’re happy to give more recommendations, just ask!
Food: It’s Serious, It’s Respected, it’s all Excellent in Taipei
Taiwanese cuisine is comprised of a melting pot (or hot-pot, if you will) of culinary flavors and techniques from multiple cultures and culinary traditions – including those of the mainland southern China provinces Fujian and Guangzhou, as well as that of Japan. Join our food tours and submerge yourself in the local community and learn why Taipei has recently been voted by CNN readers as the best food destination in the world.
Taiwanese cuisine is comprised of a melting pot (or hot-pot, if you will) of culinary flavors and
techniques from multiple cultures and culinary traditions – including those of the mainland southern China provinces Fujian and Guangzhou, as well as that of Japan.
Taiwanese culture is notoriously food-obsessed: most gatherings revolve around eating, and many residents will think nothing of loitering in line for hours on end to get a taste of a hyped-up culinary trend. Combine a dizzying array of food options and a fast-pace urban life and you may glean a better understanding of the Taiwanese culinary tradition of ⼩小吃 “xiao chi”. Literally translated as “small eats”, xiaochi are essentially substantial snacks – small bites that can be eaten throughout the day, or combined to form a full meal. Rarely found in home cooking or in restaurants, the kingdom of xiao chi is the streets, where vendors boil, fry and sauce a variety of foods that are often served on-the-go.
You know a dish is an obsession when it gets its own festival.
The most common ingredients found in Taiwanese food are pork, seafood, chicken, rice, and soy. However, during the early 1900s, beef noodle soup was introduced into Taiwan from outside provinces of China. This dish has now become one of the more renowned dishes associated with Taiwan. Taipei has a number of well-known places that serve this dish that we do recommend. Just ask us and we’d be happy to show you the way on your food tour in Taiwan.
Common Ingredients & Favorites
Pork is popular (sorry, vegetarians – but we have love for you as well). As Taiwan is an island, seafood also features heavily in Taiwanese cuisine. Common flavorings in Taiwanese cooking include garlic, soy, sesame, sugar and green onion.