I really think people who don’t like the food just haven’t found the exact thing they’re going to like yet. Even when you find a restaurant you think is okay, there’s no guarantee you’re going to choose that one dish you’ll find absolutely delicious. It took me years to find some of my favorite foods in Taiwan. And you can’t always rely on friends to introduce you to something you may like because they’ve got their own tastes.
Exactly this. My big revelation was 三杯雞 and I was here for about 5 years before I’d tried it. Still love it, but of course some places are better than others. I’ll eat 三杯 anything, really. Another one I remember getting me was 紅油炒手麵, and I was here about 10 years before I’d tried it. Again, not every place does it great but the shops I like do an amazing job.