Discover the sweet culinary treasures of Taiwan

By TravelWiseFeb 12, 2024 08:50 AMNews
Discover the sweet culinary treasures of Taiwan
Taiwan offers tourists culinary delights. Source: freepik

Taiwan is a culinary paradise that attracts food enthusiasts from around the world. With a diverse and sophisticated range of dishes, Taiwan offers an unparalleled gastronomic experience.

From bustling night markets to street food stalls and fine dining establishments, the island's cuisine is as rich and diverse as its culture. Taiwan boasts a variety of desserts and sweet drinks waiting to be discovered, as reported by

Pearl Milk Tea

Taiwanese pearl milk tea has gained widespread popularity across Asia and beyond. Beverage stalls offer a variety of flavored teas with milk, adorned with chewy tapioca balls, jelly, and sometimes sliced fruit.

Pineapple Cake

Pineapple cakes feature a filling made from local pineapples and chewy winter melon pieces, resulting in a distinctively darker color, coarser texture, and tangier flavor compared to other varieties. The filling, akin to jam but thicker and stickier, complements the golden, buttery pastry shell for a delightful taste.

Ai Yu Jelly

Ai yu jelly is a beloved treat in Taiwan, crafted from fig seeds. It boasts a unique texture—both gelatinous and slightly crisp—and is typically served chilled with ice, lime juice, and sometimes fruit, offering a refreshing sweet-and-sour flavor.


Mochi, a delectable chewy rice cake, holds a special place in Taiwan's culinary culture. These glutinous rice balls come with sweet or savory fillings and possess a soft, marshmallow-like texture. Common variations are coated in peanut flour and filled with red bean paste, while newer options include strawberry jam, green tea jam, sesame paste, and peanut paste.

Shaved Ice

Shaved ice, made from large chunks of flavored ice, is often transformed into ribbon-like sheets or fine powder, resembling snow. Traditionally served with tapioca stuffed with red beans, it's now adorned with an array of fresh fruits and flavors, including mango slices and tapioca balls soaked in condensed juice and sweet milk.

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