Taiwan has amazing street food. It’s one of the things I miss the most! I’ve already shared about takoyaki (octopus fritters) in the previous recap… Here are a couple more favorites:
This place, “Hit Cookie Home” (a literal translation from the Chinese 打餅鋪) is found in the Yi-Zhong street market of Taichung. They’re not actually cookies – the translation screwed up. The pancake-like things you see are called “Laobing” – think flatbread, but with flaky layers, then rolled with toppings as shown on the menu. This is S’s absolute favorite street food item, and one of the things that he’s most excited about when we discuss food in Taiwan.
You can kind of see the flaky layers of the laobing. I got one with “Beijing-style pork,” which was pork strips marinated in a sweet, Peking-duck-style sauce, garnished with thinly-sliced green onions. Honestly, the fillings aren’t even that important… The pancake itself is just that good. Some of our favorite toppings/fillings are seaweed & tuna (sounds weird but it’s good, trust me), pork sung, and corn & cheese.
Nearby on Yi-Zhong street, there was the best chicken cutlet…
Literally, Yi-Zhong Giant Chicken Cutlet. I think this was one of the original “giant chicken cutlet” stands – they pound the chicken thigh really thin before frying, so you get 1) really tender meat and 2) lots more surface area for breading. Nowadays, the chicken cutlets get bigger and bigger – to the point where it’s kind of ridiculous and doesn’t even taste that good anymore. This place, though, is still as good as ever.
Fry ALL the things!
All your fried foods are belong to us!
Lest you think that they only sell fried chicken, here are a couple of photos to show you all the items that they can fry for you: french fries, green beans, taro, fish balls, squid, different kinds of mushrooms, tofu, onion rings, chicken skin, etc…
We stuck to the original chicken cutlet. Since it’s street food, they actually cut up the cutlet for you so that it’s easier to eat on-the-go. So considerate! Haha. As you’ll notice, Taiwanese street food is often served in little paper pouches with several wooden skewers as utensils.
Sorry for the bad pic – as I said, this is street food and I took it as I was walking, haha. The chicken was moist and tender, and the breading was really crunchy. Oh, how I’ve missed this! We also asked for them to make it spicy, so we got plenty of chili powder. S really likes the chili powder.
We also got french fries with seaweed powder (again, sounds weird but trust me, it works and is amazing). The seaweed powder adds just an extra touch of umami, making these super addictive. Also, they fry everything in the same oil pots, meaning these taste sort of like chicken… haha. Continue reading »