True. However, they do love bitter crap too.
Um - deep-fried dough with sugar is at EVERY nightmarket. Been that way for years, too. It’s an old Chinese snack similar to a doughnut, but way more oil. I never bothered to remember the name because I am not a fan of 'em.
Then there’s the wonderfully unexpected popularity of Mexican Churros that has been around Taiwan for a while (at least 7 years): deep fried, sugared and with some Cinammon too.
I think it’s simply the Taiwanized version and it’s done half-assed: like french fries NEVER crunchy at ANY MacDonalds or KFC on the island (there’s NO difference - even when freshly cooked!), twice-cooked KFC (or, worse: “KLG” if you live in the ghettos of Taiwan), their local political parties and versino of “democracy,” sweet spaghetti sauces, bland ketchsup, Kirin and TsingDao beers that taste NOTHING like their original formula (and are deliberately f’d up for local tastebuds - though I wonder if any local ever really asked for the changes: I doubt it), “milk” that is really reconstituted powdered milk with SUGAR (ANY Uni-President milk), sugar-fied gatorade/pocari wannabe Super Supau, sugar-added mouth wash (wtf!!!?!!!), sugar added to regular loaves of bread, Coke and Pepsi with MORE syrup tar but less sweet, soggy tater totts (Domino’s), black tar people drink called “Whispby” that - if foreign and drunk - could easily be read as “Whiskey” :loco:
The list goes on.
I actually think a lot of it is NOT because locals ask, but simply one jackass assuming the others want it that way.
Things Taiwan got right when making local versions:
preference for Japanese porn over western
better topping options at their Domino’s (as opposed to those in the United nake - Domino’s H. Q.)
Sars - the saspirilla/root beer
Their “lactic” drinks that are as good as the imports.
Lin Fong milk and drinking yogurt
7-11 take out versions of local lunchboxes
Vitali (crack that tastes better than smoking )
two networks that show tons of Japanese pro wrestling