The Girl Who Ate Everything

Blogging about food and whatever since 2004.

This Taiwanese food-themed deck of playing cards is my favorite souvenir from Taiwan (plus here's a map and list of the foods in the deck)

Note: I currently live in Norway, but I lived in Taipei from August 2014 to June 2015 and am slowly making my way through writing posts about my time there.

Taiwanese snacks poker cards
I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT.

I have a habit of alternating periods of eating food with periods of not eating food. During the fallow periods, I tend to think stuff like this:

I'm hungry for fried chicken bits, or fried dumplings, or bian dang, or sheng jiang bao, or scallion pancakes, or dou hua, or gua bao, or lu rou fan, or one of many other cheap foods easily found in Taiwan.

When I lived in Taipei, the situation played out like so:

[Roams around the neighborhood for a few minutes until desired food is found. Exchanges a pittance for food. Devours food because it is delicious. Takes convenience for granted. Sticks a little gold star next to "Feed Self" on my mental to-do list.]

Now that I live in Bergen, it goes a bit differently:

[Looks up recipes online. Whittles the recipes down to those that look feasible considering my low aptitude for cooking. Picks a scallion pancake recipe that looks promising and, more importantly, unambitious. Watches YouTube videos with tips and techniques on how to make scallion pancakes. Gains false confidence that five minutes of watching YouTube videos has magically imbued me with the skills of a decades-old street vendor. A few hours and eight scallion pancakes later, feels bloated with subpar scallion pancakes and disappointment. Gold stars shrivel up and die.]

In conclusion, trying is for suckers and there is no such thing as magic.

Taiwanese snacks poker cards
Taiwanese Snacks Poker Cards by Miin Gift (最靡台灣小吃撲克牌)

Thankfully, I bought this deck of Taiwanese food-themed playing cards from Miin Gift to get me through such trying times. The cards feature 52 photos of some of Taiwan's most famous xiǎo chī (小吃), snack-sized dishes including noodles, dumplings, soups, desserts, and more. Many of these dishes originally come from China, while some are distinctly Taiwanese and combine a variety of influences. If you don't know anything about Taiwanese food, the deck is a nice intro to some of Taiwan's most popular foods with the added bonus of being a deck of cards (or it's a deck of cards that happens to be covered in photos of food—either way, it's awesome). If you're already familiar with Taiwanese food, you might feel compelled to do what I do and flip through the deck when you're feeling nostalgic or hungry. Suddenly the warm memories of Taipei come flooding back, like eating tiers of soup dumplings with my friends at Golden Chicken Garden. Or chugging a tall cup of iced milk tea on a broiling summer day to replenish my continuously sweat-weeping body. Or passing through a stagnant fart-cloud of stinky tofu while walking through a night market. Cherished memories, every one.

Taiwanese snacks poker cards
Accompany restaurant guide.

The deck come with an accompanying guide printed in Chinese, Japanese, and English recommending where to get each of the 52 foods on the cards, mostly in Taipei. I failed to use this guide when I lived in Taipei because of reasons that don't exist. I haven't even eaten all the foods in the deck. I'm burning with shame oh god please turn away DON'T LOOK AT ME (but continue reading).

You, however, are not allowed to fail because I recently made this map of all the recommendations in the guide:

Click here to enlarge! Nearly every food has a recommendation in Taipei, with others scattered around other cities.

Most of the places on the map have the same addresses as listed in the deck's guide, but in cases where Google gave me a slightly different address, I used Google's address under the assumption that Google's info is more up-to-date. I can't vouch for the map being 100 percent accurate in case places have moved or closed. If you want to visit a specific place, I recommend double checking its location and opening hours before you go. Note that many of the recommendations are in night markets and may only be open at night.

Taiwanese snacks poker cards
Each suit represents a different food category that sort of makes sense. Spades: "The Best Choice"; Hearts: "Rich and Fresh"; Clubs: "Snacks to Go"; and Diamonds: "Cool Off". This is also the order of how I listed the foods below.

Below is a list of the 52 foods mentioned in the deck with my meager descriptions, plus the recommended places to get them as listed in the accompanying guide. I labeled each food with its Mandarin pronunciation in pinyin. In cases where the food is better known by its Taiwanese name, I wrote the romanized Taiwanese instead of pinyin and labeled it with "TW". The TW links to the name's corresponding entry in a Taiwanese dictionary where you can listen to its pronunciation. Because most of the recommended places do not have English names, I "translated" all the names into pinyin. If you notice any glaring errors in my descriptions, please let me know. I'm far from being an expert.

Although I've never specifically used this guide, I have been to a handful of the recommendations by virtue of them being famous places that tons of people recommend. Judging from the places I've already tried, I assume the guide is pretty solid.

If you like this guide, support Miin Gift by buying their goods! They make a unique range of cute Taiwanese-themed postcards, greeting cards, keychains, and more. At their storefront in Taipei you can buy all their products as well as take advantage of their "future mail" service that allows you to mail postcards at a future date. (I've never been to their shop so I can't say much else about it besides that it sounds like a place I would definitely go to the next time I visit Taipei.) You can also buy their products online at Pinkoi or in Taipei at various shops like Eslite (the Xinyi/Song Gao location at least, which is where I got mine), Cloudhues, Lai Hao, and probably other shops I haven't been.

52 Foods and Where To Get Them From Miin Gift's Taiwanese Snacks Poker Cards (最靡台灣小吃撲克牌)

Ô-á-tsian (TW) (蚵仔煎): Oyster omelette
Oyster omelette, mmmm
An egg and sweet potato starch-based omelette mixed with oysters and chopped cabbage, topped with a thick sauce. [Wikipedia: oyster omelette]
Lai Ji Dan He Zi Jian (賴雞蛋蚵仔煎): No. 198之22號, Minsheng W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Lǔ ròu fàn (滷肉飯): Braised pork rice
Lu rou fan
Rice topped with a chunky sauce made of chopped pork belly simmered with fried shallots, soy sauce, five spice powder, and other stuff. [Wikipedia: Minced pork rice]
Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan (金峰魯肉飯): No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Da Qiao Tou Lu Rou Fan (大橋頭魯肉飯): No. 64之1號, Section 3, Yanping N Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Bǔ ròu (卜肉): Deep fried pork
From Yilan, battered, deep fried pork chunks. [Wikipedia:卜肉 ]
Wei Zhen Xiang Bu Rou Dian (味珍香卜肉店): No. 305, Section 7, Sanxing Rd, Sanxing Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 266
Bah-uân (TW) (肉圓): Bawan, Taiwanese meatball
Ba-wan
Not really a meatball, more like a gelatinous, potato starch-based dumpling stuffed with a pork meatball and smothered in sauce. Style varies by region, but Changhua-style is considered the standard. [Wikipedia: ba-wan]
Zhang Hua Rou Yuan (彰化肉圓): No. 36, Lane 313, Section 2, Zhonghua Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Fu Ji Rou Yuan (福紀肉圓): No. 299, Section 1, Fuqian Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Uánn-kué (TW) (碗粿): Bowl rice cake
府城台南美食 / 府城台南清蒸蝦仁肉圓 (Tainan Meishi)
Steamed, savory rice custard/cake, typically flavored with chopped pork and mushroom and topped with sauce, and served in the bowl it's steamed in. [Wikipedia: 碗粿]
Xiao Nan Zheng Ji Tainan Wan Guo (小南鄭記台南碗粿): No. 216, Section 1, Xiyuan Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Qin Lian Wan Guo Cheng (琴連碗粿城): No. 75, Yanping Rd, Xiluo Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan 648
Jī ròu fàn (雞肉飯): Chicken rice, turkey rice
From Chiayi, shredded chicken (or traditional turkey) on rice topped with sauce. [An Acquired Taste, Wikipedia: 嘉義火雞肉飯]
Liang Ji Jia Yi Ji Rou Fan (梁記嘉義雞肉飯): No. 19, Lane 90, Songjiang Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Guān cai bǎn (棺材板): Coffin bread
Coffin bread
From Tainan, a sort of soup-filled bread bowl where the bread is a deep fried slab of white bread and the soup is a thick chowder. [Travelling Foodies: Tainan Coffin Toast Bread]]
Chi Kan Guan Cai Ban (赤崁棺材板): 700, Taiwan, Tainan City, West Central District, 友愛街康樂市場180號
Dà cháng bāo xiǎo cháng (大腸包小腸): Small sausage in large sausage
"Small Sausage in Big Sausage"
From Hualien, a sort of hot dog where the log meat is a sweet, fatty pork sausage and the bun is a semi-bisected roll of sticky rice. [Wikipedia: Small sausage in large sausage]
Da Xue Kou Nuo Mi Chang Bao Xiang Chang )太學口糯米腸包香腸): No. 18, Lane 286, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Mǐ gāo (米糕): Sticky rice
A sticky rice dish served as a fat, molded puck or served in a bowl topped with pork belly, pork floss, pickles, and other stuff.
Da Qiao Tou Mi Gao (大橋頭米糕): No. 41, Section 3, Yanping N Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Ô-te (TW) (蚵嗲): Oyster fritter
Shilin Night Market
From the west coast of Taiwan, a bulging, patty-shaped fritter made of oysters and various vegetables like cabbage, bean sprouts, and Chinese chives. [Wikipedia: 蚵嗲]
Hao Jia Ke Dia (好佳蚵嗲): 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Alley 5, Lane 315, Section 2, Zhonghua Rd, 南機場夜市
Dong Xing Ke Dia (東興蚵嗲): No. 1, Gubao St, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Ô-á-mī-suànn (TW) (蚵仔麵線): Oa misua, oyster vermicelli
Ay-Chung noodles
Thick noodle soup with super thin, soft wheat noodles and oysters and/or large intestine. [Travelling Foodies: Oyster & Braised Intestines Mee Sua, Wikipedia: 蚵仔麵線]
A Zong Mian Xian (阿宗麺線): No. 8, Emei St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Taoyuan Da Miao Kou (桃園大廟口麵線): No. 206, Zhongzheng Rd, Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 330
Xiǎo lóng bāo (小籠包): Soup dumplings
Xiaolongbao
Small, steamed, dumpling-like buns traditionally filled with pork and meat broth. [Wikipedia: Xiaolongbao]
Din Tai Feng (鼎泰豐): Loads of locations. Search on Google Maps or view the full list at dintaifung.com.tw.
Chòu dòu fu (臭豆腐): Stinky tofu
Stop at stinky tofu shop
Fermented tofu with a noxious odor that generally smells worse than it tastes. It comes in different forms, the most common (and best, in my opinion) being deep fried and served with garlic and/or spicy sauce and pickled cabbage. [Wikipedia: Stinky tofu]
Jia Xiang Liang Mian Chou Do Fu (家鄉涼麵臭豆腐): No. 46, Danan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Dān zǐ miàn (擔仔麵): Danzai noodles
度小月 Tu Hsiao Yueh
From Tainan, noodle soup topped with prawns, minced pork sauce, bean sprouts, and cilantro. [Wikipedia: Ta-a noodles]
Tainan Du Xiao Yue Dan Zi Mian (台南度小月擔子麵): No. 9-1, Yongkang St, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Sì shén tāng (四神湯): Four gods soup, four spirits soup
Four Gods Soup 四神湯
Mild pork broth with Chinese herbs, Chinese barley, lotus seeds, and chopped pig intestines or stomach. [Travelling Foodies: Si Shen Soup, Wikipedia: 四神湯]
A Tong A Bao Si Shen Tang (阿桐阿寶四神湯): No. 151, Minsheng W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Mǐ fěn tāng (米粉湯): Rice noodle soup
麵嫂米粉湯 Mian Sao Rice Noodle Soup
Simple noodle soup with fat, short rice noodles.
Yong Bo Mi Fen Tang (勇伯米粉湯): No. 45號, Lane 6, Section 4, Chengde Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Liáng miàn (涼麵): Cold sesame noodles
Cold peanut sauce noodles
Cold noodles topped with sesame sauce and other toppings like shredded cucumber, carrot, egg, or ham.
Hao Peng You Liang Mian (好朋友涼麵): No. 31, Danan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Yì miàn (意麵)
Yi mian is a type of egg noodle. Based on the photo on the card, I'm going to assume this refers to the eel noodle dish shàn yú yì miàn (鱔魚意麵) from Tainan. [LA Mag: Eel Noodle: Taiwanese Comfort Food]
You De Nantou Yi Mian (友德南投意麵): Taiwan, 南投縣南投市民權街143巷2號旁邊(南投市場內)
A Jiang Shan Yu Yi Mian (阿江鱔魚意麵): No. 89, Section 3, Minzu Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Yóu yú gēng (魷魚焿 / 魷魚羹): Squid potage soup
Cuttlefish soup
Thick sweet and sour soup with squid chunks or squid-stuffed fish paste chunks and other stuff. [The Grub Files: Squid with Fish Paste Soup]
Zheng Ke Jia You Yu Geng (正客家魷魚羹): No. 106-1號, Shida Rd, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Liang Xi Hao You Yu Geng (兩喜號魷魚羹): No. 245, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Pái gǔ tāng (排骨湯), Yào dùn pái gǔ (藥燉排骨): Herbal pork ribs soup
Pork ribs stewed in herbal broth. [Wikipedia: 藥燉排骨]
Hai You Shi Quan Pai Gu (海友十全排骨): No. 49號, Dadong Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Su Ji Yu Mi Pai Gu Tang (蘇記玉米排骨湯): 104, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 林森北路399巷4弄3號
Dāng guī yā (當歸鴨): Angelica duck
Herbal noodle soup with duck, Angelica sinesis, and other stuff. [Wikipedia: 當歸鴨]
A Fa Dang Gui Ya Tui Mian Xian (阿發當歸鴨腿麵線): No. 34, Longquan St, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Zhū gān tāng (豬肝湯): Pork liver soup
Pork liver chunks in a light broth.
Rong Zi Ju Gan Tang (榮仔豬肝湯): No. 68號, Ningxia Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Ā gěi (阿給): A-gei, stuffed tofu
From Tamshui, a steamed pouch of fried tofu stuffed with cellophane noodles, sealed with fish cake, and coated in sauce. [Wikipedia: A-gei]
Danshui Lao Pai A Gei (淡水老牌阿給): No. 6之1號, Zhenli St, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251
Yang Ma Ma Xiao Shi Tang (楊媽媽小食堂): No. 25, Lane 259, Xinyi Rd, Luzhou District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 247
Zhū xiě tāng (豬血湯): Pig's blood soup
Pig blood soup
Chunks of pig blood curd in a light broth.
Chang Ji Jie Zhu Xie Tang (昌吉街豬血湯): 1No. 46, Changji St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Chang Ji Jie Zhu Xie Tang (昌吉街豬血湯): No. 310, Jilin Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Zhi Xie Cai Lao Dian (豬血財老店): No. 133之1號, Minsheng Rd, Houli District, Taichung City, Taiwan 421
Gòng wán tāng (貢丸湯)
Pork balls in a light broth.
Hai Rui Gong Wan (海瑞貢丸): No. 98, Ximen St, North District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
Tián bù là (甜不辣): Taiwanese tempura, fried fish cakes
Deep fried fish cakes simmered in broth and served with sauce. It gets its name from Japanese tempura, but it's more like oden. [Wikipedia: Tempura: Taiwan]
Sai Men Tian Bu La (賽門甜不辣): No. 95, Xining S Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Jī pái (雞排): Fried chicken steak
Hot Star fried chicken
Breaded, deep fried, thinly-pounded chicken breast. [Wikipedia: 香雞排]
Mi Su Ji Pai (蜜酥雞排): 111, Taiwan, 台北市士林區文林路115號(士林夜市陽明戲院旁)
Yi Zhong Hao Da Ji Pai (一中豪大雞排): No. 49, Yizhong St, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404
Lǔ wèi (滷味): Braised food
健康滷味 (Jian Kang Lu Wei)
Various ingredients—fish cakes, vegetables, offal, eggs, tofu, etc.—stewed in a spiced soy sauce-flavored broth. Mix and match as many ingredients as you want. [Wikipedia: 滷味]
Jian Kang Lu Wei (健康滷味): 106, Taiwan, 台北市大安區師大路83巷12號
Guà bāo (割包): Steamed pork bun
Gua bao
Steamed buns stuffed with stewed pork belly, chopped pickled mustard greens, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. [Wikipedia: Gua bao]
Lan Jia Gua Bao (藍家割包): No. 3號, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Dōng shān yā tóu (東山鴨頭): Dongshan duck head
From Tainan, duck heads and other duck parts marinated in a mix of maltose, soy sauce, and medicinal herbs, then deep fried. [Wikipedia: 東山鴨頭]
Long Men Dong Shan Ya Tou (龍門東山鴨頭): Lane 90, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Cōng yóu bǐng (蔥油餅): Scallion pancake
山東蔥油餅 (Shandong Cong You Bing)
A type of unleavened flatbread whose layers are studded with chopped scallions. Either fried on a griddle or deep fried. [Wikipedia: Scallion pancake]
Guo Jia Cong You Bing (郭家蔥油餅): 111, Taiwan, Taipei City, Shilin District, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd, 口
Yi Feng Cong You Pai (義豐蔥油派): No. 130, Minsheng Rd, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265
Rùn bǐng (潤餅): Taiwanese spring roll, popiah
三舅媽潤餅捲 (Three Aunts Run Bing)
A sort of wrap/burrito made of a thin crepe stuffed with various ingredients like chopped vegetables, noodles, shredded meats, and peanut powder. [Wikipedia: Popiah: Taiwanese, Too Much Food: Happiness Run Bing, Taichung, Taiwan]
Da Qiao Tou Run Bing (大橋頭潤餅): No. 38, Section 3, Yanping N Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Yuan Zu Guo Jia Run Bing (元祖郭家潤餅): No. 90號, Zhongshan Rd, North District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
Chē lún bǐng (車輪餅): Wheel pie, wheel cake
Obanyaki stand
This snack from Japan is made of a mildly sweet pancake-esque batter that's griddled in puck-shaped molds and stuffed with various fillings, namely red bean paste or custard. [Wikipedia: Imagawayaki: Taiwan]
Guang Hua Hong Dou Bing (光華紅豆餅): Alley 9, Lane 82, Section 1, Bade Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Wan Dan Hong Dou Bing (萬丹紅豆冰): 913, Taiwan, 屏東縣萬丹鄉萬壽路二段(萬丹市場內)
Zòng zi (粽子): Sticky rice dumpling, Chinese tamale
Zong zi
Hefty triangular glutinous rice dumplings stuffed with salted duck yolk, pork chunks, peanuts, and mushroom, and steamed in bamboo leaves. [Wikipedia: Zongzi, Wandercrush: Grandma's Zongzi]
Wang Ji Fu Cheng Rou Zong (王記府城肉粽): No. 374號, Section 2, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Cheng Jia Rou Zong Guo Zong Da Wang (成家肉綜粿粽大王): No. 49號, Beimen St, North District, Hsinchu City, Taiwan 300
Zhū xiě gāo (豬血糕): Pig's blood cake
Pig's blood on a stick
Slab of pig's blood and glutinous rice rolled in peanut powder and chopped cilantro. [Wikipedia: Pig's blood cake]
Xiao Li Zhu Xie Gao (小李豬血糕): No. 1-3, Lane 136, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Kǎo xiāng cháng (烤香腸): Grilled Chinese sausage
SAUSAGE TIME
Grilled sweet-n-salty pork sausages. [Chinese sausage: Taiwan]
Huang Jia Xian Kao Xiang Chang (皇家現烤香腸): No. 32之3號, Quanzhou St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Xián shuǐ jī (鹹水雞): Salt water chicken
極品 鹹水雞 (Jipin Xianshui Ji)
Chicken that's been cooked in a salty broth, chilled, then chopped up and mixed with whatever other ingredients you want, plus other seasonings. [Wikipedia: 鹹水雞, the adventures of furochan: taiwanese salt water chicken]
Ji Fang Zhong Di Cui Pi Xian Shui Ji (雞房重地脆皮鹹水雞): No. 11, Lane 49, Shida Rd, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Shuǐ jiān bāo (水煎包): Pan fried steamed buns
Bun innards
Crispy-bottomed steamed and pan fried buns stuffed with pork. [Wikipedia: Shengjian mantou]
Zhong Jia Yuan Shang Hai Sheng Jian Bao (鍾家原上海生煎包): No. 7之1號, Danan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Yán sū jī (鹽酥雞): Taiwanese popcorn chicken
Fried chicken nubs!
From Tainan, bite-sized nubs of breaded, deep fried chicken seasoned with salt and pepper and commonly served with fried basil. [Wikipedia: Taiwan fried chicken]
Taiwan Di Yi Jia Yan Su Ji (台灣第一家鹽酥雞): No. 530, Beian Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Ji Guang Xiang Xiang Ji (繼光香香雞): Multiple locations, see full list at jgssg.com.tw
Zhēn zhū nǎi chá (珍珠奶茶): Pearl milk tea, bubble milk tea
春水堂 Chun Shui Tang
From Taichung, iced and sweetened milk tea with tapioca balls. [Wikipedia: Bubble tea]
Chun Shui Tang (春水堂): Known as the birthplace of bubble tea. Multiple locations, see full list at chunshuitang.com.tw
Han Lin Cha Guan (翰林茶館): Multiple locations, see full list at hanlin-tea.com.tw.
Cuò bīng (剉冰): Shaved ice, baobing
Two bowls, aw yeah
Shaved ice topped with a variety of chopped fruits, sweet beans, rice cakes, sweet syrups, condensed milk, and more. [Wikipedia: Baobing]
Xin Fa Ting (辛發亭): No. 1, Anping St, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Gān zhè zhī (甘蔗汁): Sugarcane juice
Sugar cane juice stand
The liquid you get when you squeeze the shizz out of sugarcane. [Wikipedia: Sugarcane juice]
Zhang Jia Gan Zhe Zhi in Jingmei Night Market (張家甘蔗汁/景美夜市): Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
Ài yù (愛玉): Aiyu jelly
From Chiayi, a very light, vegetarian gelatin commonly served as chunks in a bowl or cup with honey-sweetened lemonade or limeade. [Wikipedia: Aiyu jelly, Lizteng's Blog: Homemade Taiwanese Aiyu jelly]
A Sheng Ai Yu Bing Pin (阿勝愛玉冰品): 103, Taiwan, 台北市中山區南京西路262巷口
30 Nian Lao Dian Ning Meng Ai Yu Bing 30 (年老店檸檬愛玉冰): No. 156, Section 3, Zhongshan Rd, Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan 260
Jīn jú níng méng (金桔檸檬): Kumquat lemon juice
Kumquat lemon juice
Sweet kumquat lemonade.
Zong He Si He Yi Jin Jie Ning Meng (綜合四合一金桔檸檬): No. 69, Wenhua Rd, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Tāng yuán (湯圓): Sweet glutinous rice dumplings
Boiled glutinous rice dumplings commonly stuffed with sweet fillings like black sesame paste, red bean paste, or peanut paste. [Wikipedia: Tangyuan]
Shuang Lian Yuan Si Tang (雙連圓仔湯): No. 136, Minsheng W Rd, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Mǐ tái mù (米苔目): Silver needle noodles
Short-n-fat rice noodles used in savory dishes or cold dessert dishes with shaved ice, red beans, jelly, etc. [Wikipedia: Silver needle noodles; Taiwan Night Market Snacks!: Rice Noodles]
Shia Er Zui Mi Tai Mu (呷二嘴米苔目): No. 34號, Ganzhou St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Qīng cǎo chá (青草茶): Green grass tea, herb juice
Chinese medicinal herb drink infused with a variety of herbs. I think it's usually served cold and sweetened, but I haven't drank enough of it to be sure. [Wikipedia: Chinese herb tea]
Wang Ji Qing Cao Cha (王記青草茶): No. 44號, Danan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Xiao Si Jiao Qing Cao Cha (小西脚青草茶): No. 763, Section 1, Ximen Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Xiān cǎo (仙草): Grass jelly
Grass jelly and taro balls dessert at 愛玉之夢遊仙草
A vegetarian gelatin used in various drinks and desserts. [Wikipedia: Grass jelly]
Ai Yu Zhi Meng You Xian Cao (愛玉之夢遊仙草): No. 56, Tonghua St, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Dōng guā chá (冬瓜茶): Winter melon tea, white gourd tea
Winter melon tea stand
A cold, sweet drink made from the syrup of winter melon boiled with sugar. [Wikipedia: 冬瓜茶, China Sichuan Food: Winter Melon Tea]
Yang Ji Gu Zao Wei Dong Gua Cha (楊記古早味冬瓜茶): 106, Taiwan, 台北市大安區龍泉街19-2號
Yi Feng Dong Gua Cha (義豐冬瓜茶): No. 216, Section 2, Yongfu Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Dòu huā (豆花): Tofu pudding
Dessert stop at 中一豆花 Zhong Yi Dou Hua
Super soft tofu commonly served in sweet syrup topped with cooked peanuts. [Wikipedia: Douhua]
Dou Hua Zhuang (豆花莊): No. 49號, Ningxia Rd, 大同區台北市 Taiwan 103
Tong Ji Anping Dou Hua (同記安平豆花): No. 433, Anbei Rd, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Mù guā niú nǎi (木瓜牛奶): Papaya milk
A drink made of papaya blended with milk and sugar. [Wikipedia: 木瓜牛乳]
Tai Yi Niu Nai Da Wang (台一牛奶大王): No. 82號, Section 3, Xinsheng S Rd, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Yù yuán (芋圓): Taro balls
Dessert soup
From Ruifang, boiled nuggets of mashed taro mixed with sweet potato flour and sugar. (Also in the photo are sweet potato balls and black sesame balls.) [Wikipedia: Taro ball, Mabel Tan: Recipe: Taiwanese Taro Balls]
A Gan Yi Yu Yuan (阿柑姨芋圓): No. 5, Shuqi Rd, Ruifang District (Jiufen), New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

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