Best Taiwanese Dishes for the Holiday Season

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When you speak of holidays, a lot of things come to mind. But, the first thing that pops up is FOOD, lots and lots of yummy food. Food is the soul of any celebration. The winter season has started. It means it is the holiday season already. Specifically speaking of Taiwanese, they love to celebrate their festivals and lunar new year in the best way possible. They love making and sharing delicious traditional dishes on different occasions. This is the event for which families gather up and go to great lengths to ensure that their plates are laden with traditional delicacies prepared with quality ingredients. 

You must have got water in your mouth, right? Well, what else can you expect in a food talk! So, let’s continue with this deliciousness and tell you about the best Taiwanese dishes for the holiday season. Some of you might try making this at home, who knows! Let’s begin!

 

Turnip or Radish Cake

turnip cake

If you are a fan of cakes, then you might be surprised because have you ever heard of something like a turnip or radish cake? Well, it is a popular dim sum delicacy. During the holiday season, it is one of the must-have snacks. And, it virtually always makes it to the menu in a family gathering. More interestingly, the Mandarin phrase for this dish, “cai tou guo,” sounds identical to the Chinese term for luck, “cai tou.”

 

Steamed Pork Bun (Gua bao)

gua bao

You may have come across bao madness in different countries. But, honestly, the best guà bāo is in Taiwan as it is their specialty. It is a Taiwanese hamburger. It has a savory stuffing of braised pork belly, seasoned Chinese cabbage with powdered peanuts sandwiched between two steamed buns. Each bite contains a little bit of everything since the filling is sliced into little bits and blended. Take a huge bite, and your mouth will be filled with salty, sour, and sweet sensations, as well as fatty pork.

Meat Dumplings (Ba wan)

meat dumpling

So, how many of you love dumplings? They are round, soft, meaty, and delicate. And the ones that come with chili oil! What’s not to love about them? In Taiwan, giant meat dumplings are very popular not only in day-to-day life but in the holiday season too. Taiwanese mega-dumplings are known as ba wan. It’s prepared with a batter of rice flour, maize starch mixed with sweet potato starch, and when cooked, it’s virtually translucent. Pork, vegetables, and occasionally eggs are placed inside, then gravy is poured over the top.

Pineapple Cakes

pineapple cakes

One of Taiwan’s tastiest souvenirs is this distinctive Taiwanese delicacy, which consists of mini-pies stuffed with caramelized pineapple. Restaurants employ only native pineapples in one of the best pineapple cake pleasures. As an outcome, the filling is darker, has a coarser texture, and has a sour flavor than others. The pineapples are a symbol of wealth that is why they are preferred on celebrations and feasts.

Hotpot

hot pot

Taiwanese people are crazy about spicy hot pots. The stew is made with a variety of Chinese herbs with a tinge of spices to give it a rich flavor that compliments the uncooked, fresh ingredients that guests will dip in it. Daily, new hot pot restaurants open in Taiwan, each with its gimmick to entice ravenous hot pot consumers. Traditional local favorites such as ginger chicken soup and lamb-themed hot pots are popular in the holiday season.

Beef Noodles Soup

beef noodle soup

When a meal gets its carnival, you know it’s a true obsession. Taiwanese cooks are inspired by beef noodle soup to be more competitive and innovative. Everyone aspires to be crowned “King of Beef Noodles.” It’s nearly difficult to have a negative beef noodle taste in Taiwan, either you’re eating in a sophisticated rib-eye beef noodle restaurant or the homemade noodle shack you come across. People love to have it on their holidays and festivals. 

Fish

grilled fish

Since the Mandarin name for fish, “yu,” resembles the term for plenty, fish is an important meal for the Lunar New Year celebration. As a result, having fish is a sign of abundance, and these letters are frequently present on the red couplets many people hang around their doors. However, there is one key thing to remember while eating fish at a Lunar New Year’s meal. Don’t eat it all! Leaving some fish indicates you’ll have plenty of everything the rest of the year, but completing it spells doom.

Rice

rice 

Rice is consumed daily in Taiwan, so in the Lunar New Year holiday season too. The essential difference, though, is that you should eat the rice rather than rice porridge. Since rice porridge was cooked in times of famine when rice was scarce and people needed to stretch what they had. As a result, eating this at the beginning of the new year is considered inauspicious, and people will make sure to consume good rice, which is sometimes leftover from the feast.

Taiwanese know how to celebrate the holiday season. The food they make represents their culture, and they are so proud of it. If you get a chance to visit Taiwan these days, which dish are you most looking forward to? Memory Corner offers some of these dishes too. Visit us for some deliciousness!

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