Until recently, Taiwanese food has received very little attention in the UK. However, Taiwan’s street-food scene is one of the best in the world, and since the famed Din Tai Fung specialist dumpling restaurants in Taipei received a Michelin star and went international, Taiwanese delicious cuisine has been all over the press. From bubble tea to gua bao (soft steamed buns filled with stewed pork belly), its delicacies have become increasingly popular in the UK, and several Taiwanese restaurants have opened-up both in London, and throughout the country.
Taiwanese cuisine is diverse. The indigenous Formosan people, who have lived on the island since long before the arrival of the Han Chinese, have their own distinctive flavours, while the Japanese occupation influenced not only the island’s politics and economy, but also its food. So, there are various types of cuisine that you should savour when visiting Taiwan!