Eating and drinking in Tainan, a historic city in Taiwan, certainly fits what you might have heard of the country’s food culture. A country that’s rich in ethnic diversity, Taiwan’s cuisines show geographic, economic as well as cultural influences of its minorities. In Tainan, for example, one of the many facets of the country’s food culture is very obvious in its eating and drinking practices. Indeed, Tainan is popular for its “Xiaochi”, which literally translates to “small eats”, giving the city its nickname “Tainan Small Eats”.
So, it being known as the “City of Snacks”, your visit to Tainan will not be complete without sampling the many food specialties they have. Some of the must-try specialties of Tainan City includes coffin toast (a fried bread with stuffing like chicken, beans, seafood, vegetable and sauce made in milk), oyster omelet, oysters and noodle, rice cake, dan dan noodle, elite cake, shrimp roll, taro cake, Taiwanese dumpling, lotus tea, pearl milk tea and many others.
The many regional and specialty foods of Tainan are available in the numerous restaurants lining the streets of the city. There are also many street vendors offering the same variety of food for less money. In fact, tasty and cheap dishes of Tainan also come hand in hand with their popular night markets. So a visit to one of these markets will certainly fill you up and serve whatever cravings you have for Taiwanese dishes. Otherwise, check out our list below for some of the most popular restaurants that also serve wines and beers in Tainan.
– The Hangout Bar and Restaurant. Located in Gongyuan Road, the Hangout Bar serves Taiwanese dishes as well as international cuisines. They have a bar for drinking and for just “hanging out”, a pool for those who want to play and relax, as well as TV for sports fanatics. If you want to go casual and just have a great time, this place would be very ideal.
– The Lighthouse Bar and Grill. Located at Fuguo Road, the Lighthouse Bar and Grill also accepts special events like birthday parties, reunion and other special celebrations. The prices of their food are very reasonable.
– Chikan Peddlers Noddles. Located in Minzu Road, Section 2, the Chikan Peddlers Noodles is a noodle house where drinks are not usually served, however. Still, being one of the best in town for Taiwanese and Chinese food, it’s definitely worth a visit.
– Kao Liang Barbecue. If you’re looking for barbecued seafood, the Kao Liang Barbecue Restaurant is the place to head on to. Located in Qian Feng Road North District of the city, the restaurant serves fresh and cheap seafood. Local drink specialties are served as well.
– Da Da Dim Sum Tea House. Located in Zhong Hua East Road, the Da Da Dim Sum Tea House is one of the most popular high-end restaurants in Tainan. The restaurant serves local Chinese food and Chinese teas.
– Chou Shrimp Roll. For a good beer and a must-try shrimp roll in Tainan, visit the Chou. It serves some of the best shrimp rolls in the city, and will certainly make your eating and drinking in Tainan experience a truly cultural one.