Taichung’s Best Eats and Where To Try Them

Immerse yourself in Taichung’s vibrant gastronomic scene by having a go at the city’s best eats! From piping hot noodle dishes to sumptuous snacks to delightful desserts, western Taiwan’s bustling city proves to be a wonderland for all foodies.

Read up as we list down 10 mustn’t-miss local specialties when in Taichung:


Beef Noodle Soup

a bowl of beef noodle soup from Taichung
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A food trip anywhere in Taiwan won’t be complete without trying the quintessential Taiwanese noodle soup dish—the beef noodle soup. Well loved by locals and tourists alike, this savory favorite comes with tender beef cuts and noodles cooked to a bite. It’s offered in countless restaurants and night markets across Taichung.

Try it at: Zun Pin Original Soup Beef Noodles
407, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Spicy Stinky Tofu

spicy stinky tofu from Taichung
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Not for the faint of heart, stinky tofu challenges even the most seasoned foodies to give it a bite. The lengthy fermentation process of the tofu gives it its infamously distinct strong odor. In Taichung, the stinky tofu is enjoyed with some spice for that extra kick. Sample it at Yizhong Night Market—if you dare.

Try it at: Yizhong Night Market
Yizhong Street, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Jute Soup

Juyto soup, Taichung's signature summer soup
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In Taiwan, jute isn’t just a humble material used to make ropes. It’s also the main ingredient of Taichung’s signature summer soup. Cooked with sweet potatoes and dried fish, it has a unique flavor you won’t find anywhere else. So if you’re visiting during the dry months, make sure to have a bowl of this local specialty!

Try it at: Lin’s Old Flavors in the Second Market
No. 87, Section 2, Sanmin Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Sticky Rice Sausage

sticky rice sausage from Taichung
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It’s hard to miss these sticky rice sausages when walking down the lanes of Taichung’s night markets. You’ll find vendors grilling these pink succulent sausages over charcoal by the dozens. It’s a go-to snack for market-goers, who just want a quick bite.

Try it at: Feng Chia Night Market
Wenhua Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Braised Pork With Rice

Bowl of braised pork from Taichung
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If you’re a fan of rice topping dishes, then this should definitely be on your list! Delicious slices braised pork generously served over rice, it’s something that will get you craving long after you had your first bowl.

Try it at: Second Market
No. 87, Section 2, Sanmin Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Oyster Congee

Bowl of oyster congee, Taichung's classic dish
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A rice porridge packed with oyster meat and vegetables, it is a classic Taiwanese dish that is as comforting as it sounds.

Try it at: The Fifth Market
Zili Street and Lequn Street, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Hot Pot

Hot pot dining table from Taichung

Of course, hot pot has a place in our top ten! Gorge on a variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, and other ingredients cooked in a simmering pot of soup stock. Great for groups, it’s a fun way to tickle your taste buds and get acquainted with local flavors.

Try it at: Ding Wang Hot Pot

Jingcheng Branch
No. 12, Jingcheng Road, Taichung City, Taiwan

Gongyi Branch
No. 42, Section 2, Gongyi Road, Taichung City, Taiwan

Hankou Branch
No. 385, Section 4, Hankou Road, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan

Book your hot pot experience here.


Pork Belly Bun

delicious Pork belly bun
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This extremely addictive snack will win you over with its heavenly pastry filled with perfectly seasoned pork inside. Trust us when we say that a piece is not enough.

Try it at: Dong Hai Night Market
Xinxing Road, Longjing District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Fengren Ice

Fengren Ice, shaved ice from Taichung
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Let’s talk about dessert. This beloved shaved ice treat in Taichung can be found in Yizhong Night Market. It’s best known for its special sweetened beans, which is mixed with other toppings that can be sweet and tangy.

Try it at: Yizhong Night Market
Yizhong Street, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan


Bubble Tea

bubble tea pearl milk tea from Taichung

If you’re a bubble tea connoisseur, then you should know that it saw its early beginnings at Chun Shui Tang Teahouse back in the ‘80s. Today, the birthplace of the pearl milk tea serves a diverse set of customers each day in over 40 locations across Taiwan, but there’s no better place to get it than the first and original branch in Taichung.

Try it at: Chun Shui Tang Teahouse
No.9 Dadun 19th St., West District, Taichung City

Book your DIY bubble tea experience at Chun Shui Tang Teahouse here.


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