by Belle Wu
When you visit Tainan, you can’t miss the local food here. Where can you find it? At night, it’s in night markets; during the day time, it’s in the alleys and markets. Guohua Street is one of the best locations for local food. It bears great memory of old Tainan people and local people. In recent years, it has become one of the must-visit tourist spots.
Tainan food’s flavor tends to be a little sweeter than that of other cities in Taiwan, though Tainan locals might not recognize the fact. One reason for such sweetness was that in the old days, only rich people could afford sugar. Therefore, the consumption of sugar was a symbol of the rich. Another reason was that there used to be a high quantity of sugar production in Tainan, and thus sugar was easily accessible. Consequently, even the savory food in Tainan is a little sweet.
Here are some local foods that foodies shouldn’t miss.
Qiu’s Squid Rice Noodles Soup
Unlike traditional Taiwanese rice noodles, the rice noodles here are thicker, a little transparent, and al dente. Despite its simple ingredients such as fresh squids, rice noodles, and awesome broth, the soup is delicious.
Guabao is considered a “Taiwanese Burger." It is also called “Tiger bites Pig," just like a tiger’s mouth biting a pig. The steamed bun is soft and tender. The stuffing is soy sauce braised pork belly. You can choose half-fat and half-lean or whole lean pork. If you dare, you may want to try pig tongue. On top of the bun are Taiwanese pickled cabbage and radish with the final touch of creamy peanut sauce. Just give it a try.
Besides, there are tons of tasty food here, whether savory or sweet, waiting for your bites.
Here are some tips for visitors:
- Come with an empty stomach.
- Be patient. Delicious food is worth the wait. Avoid weekend crowds if possible.
- Share the local food with your friends; thus, it becomes even tastier, and you can try more kinds.