Food in Tainan is truly something special and famous throughout Taiwan. Tainan used to be Taiwan's center of the sugar industry, which was initiated by the Dutch in the 17th century and later continued by the Qing. Sugar cane farms dominated the area for few centuries, but were later turned into rice paddies. And that left a lingering effect on Tainan's cuisine of today, which tends to be sweeter than the one in other parts of the country. A lot of popular local dishes are said to have their origins in Tainan, where they were either created or made popular, such as the oyster omelette 蚵仔煎, danzi noodles 擔仔麵, coffin sandwich 棺材板, bowl rice cake 碗粿, milkfish 虱目魚, oily rice 油飯, eel noodles 鱔魚意麵 and many more. In this post I will try to list some of the most famous dishes I tried and popular shops I've visited during my short stay in Tainan. For your reference, there are links to Google Maps, so you can find the shops yourself. This uncompleted list will be expanded once I have the pleasure to visit Tainan again. If you know of any famous shop I've haven't seen, please drop a comment below.
1. Oyster Omelette 蚵仔煎
2. Danzi noodles 擔仔麵
3. Coffin sandwich 棺材板
4. Babaobao 八寶包 near Confucius temple at 克林台包
5. Milkfish belly soup 虱目魚肚湯 at 阿堂鹹粥
6. Beef soup 牛肉湯 at 阿村
7. Soup 浮水虱目魚羹湯 at 阿鳳
8. Bawan at 台南許家肉圓
9. Anping bean jelly or douhua 安平豆花 at 同記
Tainan City also has a very rich night market culture. I will go deeper into that in a separate post, so stay tuned.
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