18 Taiwanese Food Kids Love – I LOVE Eating in Taiwan with Kids

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I love Taiwanese food, and eating in Taiwan with kids is an absolute joy. The choices of food in Taiwan for kids are plentiful and delicious, and I encourage you to try as many of the dishes listed below as you can.

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Taiwanese Food & Eating in Taiwan with Kids

I’ve included some very popular Taiwanese food, but this list is for family travelers looking for food in Taiwan with kids and are looking for new dishes that children are most likely to enjoy. I have left out some of my favorite Taiwanese dishes, simply because they might be too unusual, too hard to find (or digest) or too spicy for many traveling kids.

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Taiwanese Foods that Kids Will Love

To be clear, Taiwanese food is varied and regional, so there are lots of options when eating in Taiwan with kids. If you’re worried about finding anything familiar, you should know that food for kids in Taiwan also includes things like hot dogs and fried chicken. There is plenty of fast food as well if you’re in a bind, but why eat that kind of food in Taiwan when there are so many better options?

Below, I’ve listed out all of my recommended Taiwanese food for kids, along with the Chinese characters and the pinyin form of pronunciation. Don’t worry too much about the pronunciation, though. Instead, bring a copy of the characters to be better understood.

Zongzi [Chinese: 粽子; pinyin: zòngzi]

This delectable dumpling is glutinous rice wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Inside the Taiwanese versions of these, you’ll usually find a mushroom, a duck egg and a chunk of succulent pork belly.

Zongzi are usually served with two sauces: one sweet and savory brown sauce, and one sweet and slightly red sauce. When eating in Taiwan with kids, explain these two sauces, because you’ll see them everywhere. The red one isn’t actually that spicy, but spice-averse kids should know.

Soup Dumplings / Xiaolongbao [Chinese: 小籠包; pinyin Xiǎo lóng bāo]

Eating in Taiwan with kids: 18 Taiwanese Foods that Kids Will Love Xiaolongbao

You’ll see bamboo baskets of these stacked and steaming in night markets and roadside restaurants. Many tourists will sing the praises of Din Tai Fung, possibly the most famous purveyor of Xiaolongbao, but don’t let that stop you from trying them elsewhere and often.

Each steamed dumpling is full of pork, scallions and very hot soup, so be very careful eating these with kids. It’s best not to pop them straight into your mouth when served, but place one in a spoon and blow on it patiently for little ones.

Beef Noodles [Chinese: 牛肉麺; pinyin: Niúròu miàn ]

Eating in Taiwan with kids: 18 Taiwanese Foods that Kids Will Love beef-noodles

This noodle soup standard is one of the most popular Taiwanese foods. There is no one recipe for beef noodles: some soups are thick, while most are watery. Some have a brother flavored with Chinese herbs (my favorite, my children’s’ least). The level of spiciness varies from zero to meltdown, as well, so taste first before serving.

Duck & Goose [Chinese: 鴨肉 & 鵝肉 pinyin: Yā ròu & É ròu ]

These are two different dishes often served in their own establishments, but I place them here together for sake of brevity. The thinly sliced meat is served with ginger, which can warm you up in the chilly months.

Danbing [Chinese: 蛋餅; pinyin: Dàn bǐng]

Similar to a crepe, a danbing is an egg-based pastry often flavored with scallions. They often are wrapped around cheese, ham, onions or potatoes, but can be eaten alone. This is a popular breakfast food.

One of the best things about eating in Taiwan with kids is the variety of food, but I tend to gravitate to these for breakfast, and so do the kids.

Soy Milk & Taiwanese Doughnut [Chinese: 豆漿 & 油條; pinyin: dòujiāng & yóutiáo]

Another very popular breakfast food and snack. I’ve called this a doughnut, but they are eaten sweet or savory. Much of Taiwan’s soy milk is quite sweet, and kids will enjoy dipping their youtiao (fritter) into the milky goodness.

Turnip Cake [Chinese: 蘿蔔糕; pinyin: Luóbo gāo]

Give this one a chance. I know “turnip” doesn’t usually activate the taste buds of the primary school set, but they’re going to like this one. This dish mixes rice flour with a shredded Japanese daikon radish (it looks like a big white carrot).

Out of all the recommended food for kids in Taiwan, this is the one that will surprise you most.

Fried Shrimp Rolls [Chinese: 蝦卷; pinyin: Xiā juǎn]


Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, these are a huge family favorite. Often served with pickled ginger and a few sauces on the side. Beware of the bright green one: it’s a watered-down version of wasabi. Our favorite place for shrimp rolls is Chou’s in Anping, just outside of Tainan, Taiwan, but they have expanded and have more outlets now.

Fish Ball Soup [Chinese: 魚丸湯; pinyin: Yú wán tāng]

Also served at Chou’s (see above) and countless other places across the island, fish ball soup is a standard dish at any meal. The soup itself is often clear with a bit of garlic or cilantro thrown in.

Braised Pork Rice [Chinese: 滷肉飯; pinyin: Lǔ ròu fàn]

Eating in Taiwan with kids: 18 Taiwanese Foods that Kids Will Love pork-rice

A breakfast standard, but served all day long, this fatty satisfying dish is a hearty scoop of minced and stewed pork belly poured over white rice. Often served with a hard-boiled egg that cooked in the mixture, it is an irresistible treat.

Taiwanese Sausages [Chinese: 香腸; pinyin: Xiāngcháng]

You’ll see these hanging at the front of restaurants and night market stalls everywhere, and they are fantastic. Unlike your typical charcuterie, Taiwanese sausages tend to be chunkier on the inside and also sweeter (they mix sugar in). But beware, they are often served sliced with hunks of raw Taiwanese garlic. I love the stuff, but this garlic is so potent it almost burns your tongue.

Taiwan Rice Sausage [Chinese: 灌米腸; pinyin: Guàn mǐ cháng]

Instead of meat, glutinous rice (and often peanuts) are stuffed into a sausage casing. Then they’re cooked like usual sausages — either boiled or grilled over charcoal. Split down the middle and served with a sausage, it’s the Taiwanese version of a hot dog, sans bun.

Vegetarian [Chinese: 素食; pinyin: Sùshí]

Want to skip all these meat dishes and eat some healthy greens? You’re in luck. Taiwan has an exceptional array of vegetarian options, and we ate vegetarian a lot.

There are high-end restaurants that serve things like fake swan meat and soy milk hot pot, but our favorites are the humble Buddhist vegetarian buffets. They’re clean, they’re cheap and they are delicious.

Drinks, Fruits, and Desserts: Food for Kids in Taiwan

Taiwan loves its sweet stuff. You’ll find a variety of candies and baked goods across the island, including excellent Portuguese egg tarts (Chinese: 蛋撻; pinyin Dàntà). Below are a few of our favorites.

Taiwanese Fruit

One of my favorite things about eating in Taiwan with kids is that fresh fruit is everywhere and available year round. Something in the soil makes for amazingly sweet and succulent pineapple, watermelon and many other fruits. Seriously: I’ve never had better pineapple than Taiwan.

Other fruits to try in Taiwan are Guava, Mango, Pomelo, Wax Apple (also called Rose Pear) and…

Custard Apple [Chinese: 釋迦; pinyin: shìjiā;]

Shaved Ice

Desserts shops island-wide serve a number of shaved ice desserts, often topped with some combination of fruit, ice cream, condensed milk, puddings or sweet beans. My son goes straight for the mango.

Pineapple Cake [Chinese: 鳳梨酥; pinyin: Fènglí sū]

These little beauties remind of a fig newton, only ten times better (and I like fig newtons). Simply replace the fig with a thick pineapple jam and the exterior cookie with something that resembles shortbread.

Peanut Ice Cream Crepe [Chinese: 花生卷冰淇淋 pinyin: Huāshēng juǎn bīngqílín]

Be careful with the name here. I’ve approximated it from what I’ve read & heard on Taiwanese youtube, and when I double check it in Google search, images appear, but it may go by another name, that I haven’t found. Essentially the name I’ve given it above is “Peanut roll ice cream.”

This one’s going to sound odd but stay with me. Visit most night markets and you’ll see these being prepared. A crepe is laid out, but before ice cream is placed on it, a massive brown block of sugared peanuts is shaved down, the dust sprinkled across the crepe. It’s them adorned with ice cream and cilantro. Yes, cilantro. Try it. And thank me later. If you’re cilantro-averse (you know who you are) make sure to stop them before they drop it on.

Candied Fruit [Chinese: 糖葫蘆; pinyin: Tánghúlu]

These little jewels are usually strawberries and guava, but they come in all forms. However, some of our family favorites are firm cherry tomatoes that have been and paired with a dried sour plum. Okay, okay, another curveball there, but hear me out. First of all, it has a layer of syrupy sweetness over it, and you’ll be surprised at how foreign and familiar the flavors are together.

Dou Hua [Chinese:豆花 pinyin: Dòuhuā ]

Like many things on this list, this Taiwanese food is found all over Mainland China and Asia in general, and every place has their own spin on it. It’s basically soy pudding, and it takes on the flavors of whatever you add to it. Our kids love it with sweet beans, peanuts or a simple sweet syrup. If you’re eating in Taiwan with kids, this should be at the top of your list, and shouldn’t be hard to find.

Papaya Milk [Chinese: 木瓜牛奶; pinyin: Mùguā niúnǎi]

Last but not least, we have a Taiwanese institution — the papaya milk. It’s a pretty simple recipe: chunks of ripe papaya are thrown into a blender with fresh milk and shaved ice. The result is nothing short of spectacular.

Do You Like Eating in Taiwan With Kids?

Have you been to Taiwan with kids? What Taiwanese food have you tried? If you’re eating in Taiwan (or visiting a Taiwanese restaurant elsewhere in the world, what Taiwanese food would you recommend for families to try?

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