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10 Food Gifts You Should Bring Home From Taiwan

Buying souvenirs is part of the allure of traveling—and if it’s something you can eat, all the better!

When you’re trying to figure out what to buy in Taiwan, why not bring home something you and your loved ones can actually share and enjoy together? After all, the state is a popular foodie destination with many tourists visiting Taipei, particularly for its thriving gastronomic scene. 

For those who are hunting for authentic Taiwan souvenirs, consider some of our favorite treats you can purchase from the state.

 

 

Iron Eggs 

Iron eggs are eggs that have been stewed in varying spices, then dried. Unlike regular chicken eggs, these are brown and extremely flavorful. Most people in other parts of the world have never tried iron eggs, so what better Taiwan souvenir to bring home than this? Introduce family and friends to the great and sometimes bizarre nature of Taiwanese cuisine with a pack of iron eggs.

 

 

Pineapple Cake

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Pineapple cake from Taiwan is a deliciously crumbly, buttery shortbread with a tasty pineapple filling. With its handy size and individual packaging, pineapple cakes are extremely easy to buy and bring home from Taiwan. The most popular pineapple cake brand among locals is the Chia Te Pineapple Cake.

 

 

Sun Cake

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Sun cake is commonly known as sun biscuit or tai yang bing in Taiwan. It is round, flat, and delightfully flaky with a sweet filling of maltose or condensed malt sugar. A local favorite, it is a dish particularly popular in Taichung. Buy a box of Sun Cake from Chia Te Bakery, so you can bring it home and let your loved ones taste the yummy dessert.

 

 

Fruit Jelly

Fruit jelly options from Taiwan are plentiful and it’s the perfect souvenir to give away, since it is usually individually packed. Order the Yuki & Love Mango Jelly Gift Pack from KKday for optimum convenience. These jellies are known to be especially rich and flavorful.

 

 

Taiwanese Nougat

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Nougat isn’t exclusive to Taiwan, but Taiwanese nougat is quite different from the kind found in other countries. Various nougat makers have different recipes ranging from chewy to crunchy. It’s also available in a fascinating selection of flavors. Don’t leave Taiwan without trying Sugar & Spice Nougat, which is made with cream from France and full almonds.

 

 

Peanut Egg Rolls

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Peanut egg rolls are an iconic snack in Taiwan. Make your family back home feel as if they went on vacation with you by bringing them a pack of HiWalk Peanut Egg Rolls, which can be stored for 30 days.

 

 

Instant Noodles

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Fast and affordable, instant noodles are insanely popular in Taiwan with many tourists catching the bug as well. Enjoy spicy food? Sample the Zeng Noodles with Scallion & Spicy Sichuan Sauce.

 

 

Pork Jerky

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Taiwanese pork jerky isn’t just incredibly tasty, tender, and fragrant, but it also lasts a couple of months, which means it’s the ideal souvenir to hoard. Try pork paper as well, which is basically a paper-thin version of jerky. Both are available under the brand Kuai Che, as well as a few others.

 

Dried Fruits

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Taiwan offers a wide range of delicious fruits and while tourists aren’t allowed to include fresh fruits in their carry-on, processed fruits are fair game. Get the Sunnygogo Taiwanese Dried Fruits Gift Pack, which includes selections of mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, and dragon fruits.

 

 

Tea

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While tea isn’t exactly food, it’s one of the best things to buy in Taiwan. The state is famous for their tea culture and there are infinite tea choices all over the state. The best ones are found in tea shops and tea salons. In particular, oolong tea from the Alishan Mountain is renowned by experts from all over the world.

 

 

Sample various drinks from Taiwan with the KKday Assorted Drinks Gift Pack.

 

 

*Featured image from KKday Supplier

 

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