Taiwan snacks are characteristic street foods that represent Taiwanese lifestyle and culture. Made from local ingredients is one of their feature. Taiwan is surrounded by sea, which offers abundant aquatic products, so seafood is one of the common street foods.
It is hard to give an definition of “Taiwan snacks” that differentiate between it and other Taiwanese foods accurately. The following are three different types of definitions.
In a narrow sense, Taiwan snacks only refer to snacks that originated from Taiwan, such as Pearl Milk Tea. However, the recipes are flexible, vary with places and change over time. So, there are apt to be breakthroughs. Accordingly, in a broader sense, Taiwan snacks also include folk foods that bloomed, innovated, and has become popular in Taiwan. They include barbecue, Shengjian mantou (shengjianbao), Oyster Vermicelli, Meat Rice Tamales, Dan zai noodles, Minced pork rice (Taiwanese-style donburi), Schnitze, roast corn, roast sweet potato, roast sausage, scallion pancake, hong dou bing (chēlún bǐng 車輪餅, Imagawayaki), Stinky Tofu, Taiwanese Meatball, Oyster Omelet, and mochi. Also drinks such as the well-known pearl milk tea, Aiyu jelly (ice jelly), and papaya milk. In the broadest sense, they refer to any popular snacks and sweets in Taiwan.
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