Original Din Tai Fung location on Xinyi Road in Taipei, Taiwan

Busy workers making thousands of dumplings a day, Din Tai Fung, Taipei, Taiwan

I have an obsession with Din Tai Fung. Visiting the original location of Din Tai Fung was at the top of my list of must do things in Taipei. Founded in 1972, the dim sum restaurant today has branches in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and eleven other countries including the United States, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Thailand. The restaurant has become an international phenomenon for their Taiwanese soup dumplings known as xiao long bao. Many claim that …

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Jin Feng, best Lu Rou Fan (Minced Pork Rice) in Taipei, Taiwan

Braised Ground Pork, also known as Lu Rou Fan, Jin Feng, Taipei, Taiwan

Located just outside Exit 2 of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT Station is Jin Feng, considered by many to serve the best lu rou fan in Taipei, Taiwan. You can find lu rou fan (滷肉飯), a simple Taiwanese dish of braised pork rice, at countless restaurants and street food stalls across Taipei and Taiwan. Jin Feng (金峰魯肉飯) might be the most famous. For over 30 years, Jin Feng has perfected the art of the pork and rice dish along with …

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J&G Fried Chicken in Taipei

Chefs frying chicken in hot oil, Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken, Taipei, Taiwan

For over 40 years, locals have considered Ji Guang Xiang Xiang Ji, also known as J&G Chicken, to have the best fried chicken in Taipei. Since opening in Taichung in 1973, J&G Chicken, or Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken, has become a household name. Over the years, the restaurant has continued to expand across Taiwan. Currently, it has international branches in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Waiting in Line J&G Chicken occupied a prime location at the entrance of …

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Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan

The famous Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken

One of the most well-known streets food found at Taipei’s Ximending is Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken. This small restaurant, ironically located below KFC, has become famous for its large Taiwanese fried chicken. The first Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken location opened at nearby Shilin Night Market. Today, the restaurant has chains across Taiwan and across the globe. One thing I noticed about this restaurant was how busy it was, at all hours of the day. You could always find a line …

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Tian Tian Li: Lu Rou Fan in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei, Taiwan

Lu Rou Fan, Taiwanese braised minced pork over a bowl of rice, Tian Tian Li, Taipei, Taiwan

If you’re visiting Taipei, you can’t leave without trying one of the most simple yet delicious Taiwanese comfort dishes, lu rou fan. This beloved dish is braised pork over rice. You can find the dish at restaurants and street food stalls all across Taipei and Taiwan. One of my favorite places to try lu rou fan is at Tian Tian Li, an affordable and local restaurant in the Ximending neighborhood of Taipei. Tian Tian Li was situated just off Hanzhong …

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Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle in Ximending neighborhood of Taipei

Only one thing on the menu, Mee Sua, Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle, Taipei, Taiwan

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle in Taipei’s Ximending neighborhood is hard to miss. You can always tell which places are popular by the number of people waiting outside. Just look for the long line and crowds of people standing around in the street with bowls of flour-rice noodles. The restaurant, more of a street stall in a building, seemed busy at all hours of the day. From opening to closing, locals and tourists flocked here for the cheap and filling bowls of …

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Lan Jia Gua Bao: The best Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

The best Gua Bao (Steamed Pork Bun) in Taipei, Lan Jia Gua Bao in Taipei, Taiwan

If you are looking for the best gua bao in Taipei, you go to one place, Lan Jia Gua Bao. Gua bao, sometimes called the Taiwanese hamburger, is usually made by stuffing a steamed bun with braised pork belly, pickled vegetables, cilantro, and peanut powder. Nowhere prepares this popular Taiwanese snack better than Lan Jia Gua Bao. Popular with locals, tourists, and pork lovers, you will usually find a line of hungry people waiting patiently out front of this tiny …

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Lin Dong Fang: Best Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian) in Taipei

A delicious bowl of beef noodle soup, Lin Dong Fang in Taipei, Taiwan

Out of all the beef noodle shops in Taipei, none are more well-known than Lin Dong Fang. At any hour of the day, you can expect to find a line of locals and tourists waiting outside this tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant to try a bowl of their famous niu rou mian or beef noodle soup. Beef noodle soup is an iconic dish of Taiwan. It’s the national dish. If you have never had it, a typical bowl consists of braised beef, …

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How to get from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main Station by Bus 1819

Bus 1819 parked at Bay 3 at the bus station of Terminal 2

One of the best and easiest ways to reach Taipei Main Station from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is by using Bus 1819. The journey, which takes about one hour, is inexpensive, comfortable, and perfect for travelers in groups or those with large luggage. Orientation to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport   Taoyuan International Airport is located in the city of Taoyuan, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of central Taipei. The airport is the largest and busiest in Taiwan and …

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