Getting To Know Taiwanese Cuisine

Lin Ho, Hello, once again.  Hopefully you fellow readers have read our last post giving you some insight on the Taiwanese culture. If not that’s ok too, however although we are a culture of East Asia and many associate us with Chinese and the like our culture in all reality is all it’s own.  Reading a bit of the facts and beliefs of the Taiwanese people may help you to better understand our food and magnificent dishes. Although a lot of people may first be a bit apprehensive in tasting some of our most popular and delicious dishes because of what they see or the ingredients they read, in general we think you will be quite surprised by the flavor and the incredible satisfaction these dishes bring to your taste buds.  When we first opened our restaurant Hot Pot City Milpitas here in the bay area we knew that many of the Taiwanese people in the area would appreciate it, but we also hoped to engage those who were not so familiar. Check out a few of our most popular and famous dishes and get ready to experience true flavor at it’s finest.

Favorite Taiwanese Dishes


  • You Fan- also known as glutinous oil rice is a small dish made up of a mixture of sticky rice, pork slices, dried shrimp, mushrooms, soy-sauce and shallots.  It is usually finished with a chili sauce and peanuts. While it may not be for everyone it is one of my very favorite Taiwanese snacks
  • taiwanese-tofuCho Dofu- or in other words stinky tofu.  But don’t let the name fool you this dish is actually delicious!  Many people however, can’t seem to get past the smell but if you are someone that can we know that you will utterly enjoy this dish.  Tofu is fermented with milk, veggies and meat. It is served with pickled veggies and soy sauce if you wish. You can’t knock it until you try it.
  • Taiwanese Beef Rolls- These might be a bit safer to try when just introducing your tastebuds to our cultures food.  Think crispy green onion pancakes that act as a wrap for braised beef slices, pickled veggies and cilantro.  Next we add a semi sweet bean sauce and the flavors just explode in your mouth!
  • Ba Wans- also known as Taiwanese meatballs can throw some off by their appearance. Ricetaiwanese-meatballs flour, starch and water make up the coating of the meatballs and are sticky and translucent in texture.  The filling is minced meat, bamboo shoots and shitake mushrooms. Again it may appear a little strange but it just may turn out to be the best meatball dish you have ever had
  • Niu Rou Mian- “Beef Noodle Soup” comprised of a somewhat spicy broth and noodles.  The soup is then topped with pickled greens, beef shanks and different veggies.  Americans eat chicken noodle soup when they are in need of comfort or are treating a sickness, the Taiwanese turn to this magnificent soup.



There are so many wonderful dishes when it comes to Taiwanese cuisine.  Each cultures food is different and while it can be absolutely delicious and amazing it is safe to say sometimes it takes some getting used to.

Introducing Taiwanese Culture…..

Taiwan is a somewhat small island off the mainland of China.  The Taiwanese culture is greatly influenced by Japan, Korea and the mainland of China. However, the Taiwanese culture, like any other culture, has its own unique & independant qualities that set it apart from the rest an make it different.  We thought we would share a few facts about the culture of Taiwan to give all you readers a general understanding of this special culture!

Taiwaneses Cultural Facts

  • Believe In Hard Work- The people of Taiwan believe in hard work from all. Children study relentlessly and have the world’s BEST scores in math!
  • Respect & Honor- It is of great IMPORTANCE in the Taiwanese culture that you are polite, respect, and honor ALL elderly people.
  • Far Back History- Taiwan history dates all the way back to the first known human existence!
  • Teach Them Young- The Taiwanese believe in teaching children how to play musical instruments and learn math starting from very young age. Thats where those great math scores stem from!
  • Religious Beliefs- Most of Taiwanese people are involved i either Buddhist or Taoist religions. We are firm believers in Nature’s Wisdom!
  • Taiwanese Cuisine- The cuisine in taiwan is centered around rice and somewhat of a branch off from Japanese fare. The most commonly eaten meat is pork and some of the Taiwanese people do not eat beef, as it is against their religious beliefs.
  • The Flag- The flag of Taiwan is also known as the KMT Party Flag. It consists of the colors red, white, and blue and depicts the image of a sun.  The sun has 12 rays and each one stands for one of the 12 months of year and 1 Chinese hour of the clock.  The red signifies livelihood & togetherness.  The blue symbolizes nationalism & liberty. And the white signifies, democracy & equality!
  • The Capital- The Capital of Taiwan is Taipei. Here you will find 20 different streets dedicated to all of the different fare that makes up Taiwanese cuisine
  • Language of Taiwan- Taiwanese generally speak, Mandarin Chinese, Standard Mandarin & taiwanese Mandarin
  • Personal Space- Taiwanese people like to have and appreciate their space. Which is somewhat contradicting Taiwan is one of the most densely population countries. Maybe that’s why a lot of us have migrated to the bay area. Great seafood and that fresh open ocean air!
  • Mourn In White- Unlike most of western cultures, the Taiwanese believe that the color white symbolizes mourning & death. At funerals and memorials you will see the color white and never any black

The culture of the Taiwanese is beautiful, unique and inviting in so many ways.  We hope you enjoyed our first blog post and will be back to read more about our diverse culture!


Lín-hó!  Or for those of you who do not speak Taiwanese, Hello!  Welcome to our blog! We have created our site in hopes of sharing the Taiwanese Culture with everyone.  While you may have seen & felt the Taiwanese influence here in the Bay Area, not everyone is familiar with our culture, food,  and ways.  With San Francisco being one of the most culturally diverse cities in America we thought we would share our insights with all those who would like to read our blog! So sit back, relax and enjoy our blog!