Taiwanese food is closely associated with Fujian and Japanese cuisine. There is a lot of braising, pickling, steaming and deep-frying involved when it comes to Taiwanese food. Some of the more popular dishes include braised pork mince with rice (lu rou fan), dumplings, oyster vermicelli and bubble tea.
In fact, like the different regions in China, there is a unique dish quintessential to different parts of Taiwan. Nantou is known for their braised noodles, Tainan for its yellow ta-a noodles while Tainan is famous for its shrimp and pork meatballs. Taichung, on the other hand, is famous for the sun cake (tai yang bing) — a baked pastry with sweet filling, as well as the soft rice cake (moa chi) that is similar to Japanese mochi.
However, many Taiwanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur only carry popular (sometimes commercialised) dishes in their respective restaurants. Flagship restaurants like Din Tai Fung and Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks have been around in town long enough to paint a picture of what Taiwanese cuisine actually tastes like.
These are great places to get Taiwanese snacks and dishes. Has your interest been piqued yet? Get going and savour authentic Taiwanese dishes at these Taiwanese restaurants around Klang Valley.
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