EP.4 Street Food Around the World in Taiwan – JAPAN
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This is the next episode from our Street Food Around the World Series. Today, we are back in Japan! Japan’s influence in Taiwan is undeniable, and that means that delicious and authentic Japanese food is always available. We are going to be eating all of the Japanese classics in this video!
We start our day in Jizhouan Literature Forest to check out the beautiful Japanese architecture and garden. Next, we stopped into a traditional restaurant serving unagi don, which is Japanese BBQ eel over rice. It is traditionally served in a lacquer box. The eel is grilled over charcoal and coated in layers of Japanese BBQ sauce. We also ordered unagi tomago roll (eel and egg) and Japanese beer. It was a delicious start to day (560 NTD / USD $18.92 total).
Next, for dessert we go to Taipei Main Station where you can get street food style Taiyaki. Taiyaki is a type of cake that is pan cooked in the shape of a fish. You can choose from many different stuffings, but we ordered red bean, which is very common in Japan. It is made fresh before your eyes! (50 NTD / USD $1.69 each).
We wanted to see some of the historical buildings from colonial Japan so we visited the Qidong Street Japanese Houses. Unfortunately, it is temporarily closed, but seeing the buildings from outside the gate transports you back in time. We also checked out Nishi Honganji Relics, which is a reconstructed Japanese Buddhist Temple. Both demonstrate real Japanese architecture, and are worth checking out while in Taipei.
Before dinner, we wanted to have a Japanese street food that famous around the world: Takoyaki. Takoyaki are an Osakan dish that is made of a batter with octopus, green onions and ginger that is grilled in a specialized pan that forms the batter into a ball. These balls are topped with mayonnaise, seasoning and bonito flakes. These are the perfect bite sized Japanese snacks! (70 NTD / USD $2.36).
For our final meal of the day, we found an absolute HIDDEN GEM. A street food restaurant that serves a REAL Japanese omakase. Omakase translates to “leave it up to you”, meaning the chef. The chef prepares sushi dishes and seafood of their choice, based on seasonality and their expertise. All you need to do at this restaurant is chose a price. We chose the 1000 NTD option and got over 15 dishes. The atmosphere on the street was casual and relaxing, but there was nothing casual about the food. It was exactly like the dishes you can find in prestigious and private Japanese kitchens. And you cannot beat the quality and price of this meal!!! (1000 NTD / USD $33.78).
1 – Jizhouan Literature Forest
No. 107號, Tong’an Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
2 – Fei Qian Wu
3號No. 1, Zhongshan North Road, Section 1, Lane 121, Zhongshan District, Taipei
3 – Taiyaki in Taipei Main Station
No. 49, Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
4 – Qidong Japanese Street Houses
No. 25, 27號, Section 2, Jinan Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
5 – Nishi Honganji Relics
No. 174號, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Wanhua District, Taipei
6 – 大阪屋章魚燒
No. 11號, Tayou Road, Songshan District, Taipei
7 – Street Food Omakase 阿東師
No. 39號, Section 5, Civic Blvd, Songshan District, Taipei
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We’re Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson, food lovers and world travellers! We make videos about local, authentic and unique foods from across the globe. We particularly like to sample street food across Asia. We are based in Taiwan where we frequent the best Taiwanese street food stops and create travel content to make finding food in Taiwan easier for YOU! Although we are based in Taiwan we travel the majority of the year around the world in search of the best food. We’ve filmed in Japan, The Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sri Lanka, Canada and the list is still growing! Our mission is to create content that is entertaining, informative, honest and fun! We love what we do and we are always grateful for your support! Thank you and see you on the next episode!
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