I CAN’T STAND IT ANYMORE!!!
I like to think I have a highly developed palate and can appreciate the finer things in life like good food. I found plenty of places when I lived in Taiwan with good food. I can’t believe you all are so lame.
In Taoyuan, there’s a place that make outstanding beef and onion “cakes.” It is beef, marinated with spring onions and tortillas with their special house sauce - It’s AWESOME - and that’s their specialty.
There was a place that did ONLY duck - it was AWESOME stuff.
Lot’s of roadside stands sell EXCELLENT beef noodle. I think there’s a thread on Forumosa on that topic.
In Chungli, there is/was a Korean place that made hand made noodles, and seafood soup with it - VERY SPICY!! Excellent.
Back in Taoyuan again, there was a local restaurant that made great gong bao ji ding. Another restaurant that specialized in Hong Kong style dim sum. There was cool tea house where you could go and get traditional style tea service and finger foods.
Someone mentioned that fatty ass slab of pork/bacon - that’s good stuff.
Mongolian BBQ is fun occasionally, as well as the hot pot soup (can’t remember the correct name, but you know the one where you throw different stuff into boiling soup stock and make a witch’s brew).
As others as well as myself have suggested, you need to ask the locals where to go. Different places specialize in certain dishes. You should go to try the specialty.
In Taoyuan, this is more than a decade ago so I could be way outdated here, but near the gov’t center there was a place that specialized in Chinese medicinal soups and foods. Interesting flavors all together, but good.
Japanese restaurants are authentic and tasty - thanks to the 50 year occupation of Taiwan last century.
Yeah, night markets, and street vendors can cook up some good stuff - ask folks in the know which ones are good, and watch for the crowds.
You guys living there now are SOOOOOOOOO LUCKY!!! A decade or so ago, you couldn’t get ANY western style stuff unless you went to Tian Mu. Now it sounds like there’s a Costco and all kinds of western vendors there. So, if you’re craving REAL bread you can get it (rather than the sweet white stuff they THINK is bread).
Find a buddhist restaurant if you’re vegetarian. They make brown whole grain rice and well, they’re vegetarian.
I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree - but I think Taiwanese food is tasty and MORE healthy than the average American diet. Without changing anything except going from Western diet to the local diet when I was there, I was 15 pounds thinner.