London, March 17 (CNA) Respected travel authority Lonely Planet gave a shout out to Taiwan's culinary scene on its website last week, calling the country a "secret foodie wonderland" with a diversity of influences.

Author Megan Eaves noted that many of Taiwan's dishes are hybrid creations that blend Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese culinary traditions to represent the different cultural influences over Taiwan's long history of colonization.

"The word 'fusion' gets thrown around a lot in culinary circles... but the Taiwanese really know what it's all about," she said in the article.

On her list of "don't-miss dishes," Eaves included xiao long bao (pork dumplings filled with soup broth), niu rou mian (beef noodles), dan zai noodles, cong zhua bing (flaky disc-like flatbread made with scallions) and gua bao (pork sandwiches).

On the "if-you-dare dishes" list are stinky tofu, squid, fried sandworms, pig intestines, century eggs and oyster omelets.

Eaves also compiled a list of "drink your heart out" beverages, from Taiwanese beer to pearl milk tea, oolong tea and even local expressions of coffee.

Although Taiwan has not short of gourmet restaurants like the world renowned Din Tai Fung dumpling house, much of Taiwan's best food is to be found in small, local restaurants, the article said.

"Perhaps the finest night market scene in the world" can be found locally, making up the mainstay of Taiwan's snack culture and night life, the article continued.

"The best plan is no plan: get lost in the market, eat when you're hungry and pop your head into shops and stalls that look enticing." 

Taiwan offers the gamut of Chinese cuisines; Taipei’s got the best Japanese outside Tokyo; and night markets around the island offer endless feasts of local snacks. Try stewed spare ribs, oyster omelettes and ‘slack-season noodles’. In the countryside, sample hearty staples of the Hakka people, or aboriginal fare including mountain vegetables and rice steamed in bamboo shells.


Encompassing several square blocks, this famous area became known for its great food during the Japanese occupation. Nowadays, this is considered the best place in Taiwan for street snacks. Though some shops are open during the day, it’s after dark when the place really comes to life.


Snack your way through this historic city, which is said to be where a number of Taiwanese dishes originated. To try out some traditional food look for dan zai noodles, coffin cake, oily rice or seafood congee. Some of the best areas for casual eating are down atmospheric alleys lined with shops selling fried dishes, along with drinks and snacks.


Boasting good soil, humid conditions and sunny weather, Taiwan is a prime tea-growing area. High-mountain oolongs will blow your taste buds away with their creamy texture and honey flavours, and the ruby colour and sweet aroma of Oriental Beauty tea might just convince you to make it your new morning ‘coffee’.


With Taipei’s most celebrated dumplings, Dintaifung is deservedly popular for Shanghai-style treats made fresh to order. Try the classic, award-winning xiaolong bao (steamed pork dumplings). This spot is very popular with locals and visitors alike.


Blessed with an astonishing range of climates and soils, and a populace that’s in the know when it comes to fruit, Taiwan is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth naturally. Start with something familiar: cut up pineapple, honeydew melon, or a little guava, before moving on to starfruit, wax apple, tangerine or custard apple.


Don’t miss the food at this Matai’an institution. Run by a talented indigenous artist whose aboriginal-themed carvings and furniture adorn the restaurant, dishes include a 19-vegetable salad and a hot pot brought to the boil with fire-heated stones. The huge set meals offer a range of dishes to sample.


這篇名為「台灣:一個神秘美食仙境」的報導,由孤獨星球(Lonely Planet)北亞地區編輯伊維斯(Megan Eaves)親自訪台品嘗美食後撰寫。