Taiwan is well-known for its tea plantations, and while there’s a huge range of tea leaves to choose from, Alishan tea is a flavour that you simply cannot miss. It’s an oolong tea with a light orchid aroma and slight hints of fruits – everyone loves it. One of the most famous and trusted brands is Ten Ren Tea which you will be able to find it in any supermarket.
There is no way you can leave Taiwan without bringing a few packs of instant noodles with you. They are cheap, convenient, delicious and come in a wide variety of flavours. The most popular flavours among Taiwanese people are ZYM (Tongyi) Beef Flavoured Noodles, Wei Lih Men and TTL (Tai Jiu) Hua Tiao Chicken Noodles.
Of course, you’ve probably heard about famous Taiwanese pineapple cake a hundred times already, and yes, it is still among the best souvenirs to buy in Taiwan. It never fails as a gift to friends and the cake works wonders with a nice pot of Chinese tea. Two brands that you can look for are SunnyHills and Chia Te Bakery.
Taiwanese nougat is a traditional candy with peanuts. The texture ranges from soft to chewy to almost crunchy. Every store has their own secret recipe for delicious nougat and they’d always try to come up with all kinds of (odd) flavours to impress customers. Definitely go with nougats from Sugar & Spice – they make the best nougats with traditional flavours.
Dried shredded squid
Being one of the most popular snacks among Taiwanese people, dried shredded squid can be found hidden somewhere in every local family’s living room. These chewy shreds are usually flavoured with either sugar or spices, and you can find them either in supermarkets or convenience stores.
Crispy pork paper
As weird as the name sounds, this is absolutely delicious. Just think of it as paper-thin potato chips made of pork! it’s super crunchy and so addictive, you can easily go through a whole bag without even noticing. The best brands to look for are Kuai Che, Pork King and Two Brothers.
Imei mini puffs
This is hands down my favourite snack ever, and I’m not even that into snacks! It tastes like a cream puff but with a slightly crispier crust. They come in several flavours but my personal favourites are the chocolate and milk ones, so make sure you give those a try.