Food tours tend to be one of my favorite ways to explore a city’s cuisine, so I sought out Taipei Eats for their Daodaxioqing Food Tour. Taipei eats has been operating in Taipei for about five years and really know how to put together a delicious and enjoyable tour!
After a quick introduction at the meeting point, we were soon on the move to explore food stalls nearby. The first really exciting bite was a soupy congee accompanied with pork belly and octopus. Tour guests have some freedom to make their own decisions during the tour. which was a nice touch. I must say this was the best congee I’ve ever had in my life! Soupier than usual, but just the right balance of flavor and texture.
The area surrounding the stalls was peaceful with a nearby temple that we paid a quick visit to, to learn about some local customs. Soon after, we were back to food and drink with some alcohol that was half medicinal and half rice wine. The group of local old men loved that I wanted to try it. Alcohol makes food tours way better, especially in the beginning. Good choice Taipei Eats!
Now I had a buzz and was in my happy place. I got to get even more buzzed with a nice stop at a beetle nut shop! Best tour ever! The food and drink also got better and better. There were about 10 different stops in total. The Taipei Eats guide was very knowledgeable about Taiwanese culture and history which I found very interesting because it was only my second visit to the country.
Another super memorable stop was the noodles with the red rice sauce, a flavor I had never experienced in my life! Absolute heaven. I’m always incredibly excited to try something new!
Another very memorable stop was the fish ball shop that originally opened in 1950 by a Chinese immigrant. These were some of the best fish balls I’ve ever had, even though I’ve lived in Southeast Asia for many years. I might have enjoyed them more because they came with chili oil, Taiwanese sushi, and Taiwanese style cabbage.
For one dessert we got to try Taiwanese shaved almond flavored milk ice, which was light as snow. If it’s your first time, I’d recommend choosing to have it with red beans.
Basically, throughout the tour, the dishes just kept coming and coming. I enjoyed how they seemed to get more and more exciting. Learning about Taiwan and its culture was very enjoyable as well. The overall experience was well organized and something I would gladly try again, I applaud Taipei Eats! If you’re in Taipei, be sure to seek out a Taipei Eats Food Tour!
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