As of May 2020, Taiwan has 284 Halal or Muslim-friendly restaurants and eateries.
Taiwan is home to a plethora of delicious dishes and its cuisine has won the hearts of many international travellers. In addition, the island has been stepping up its effort to provide more options for Muslim travellers who would like to savour the local cuisine. In the latest Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) published in 2019, Taiwan was ranked third in the group outside Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. As at May 2020, the island has 284 restaurants and eateries that have obtained Halal certification.
Here are some of the dishes that are in the must-try list for Muslim travellers in Taiwan:
- Beef Noodles
Nothing warms the heart more than a bowl of piping hot beef noodles. It is a popular dish and touted as a comfort food in Taiwan. Beef noodles are available in restaurants or eateries that are Muslim-friendly, making it one of the ideal options for Muslim travellers as it only uses Halal ingredients comprising stewed beef, beef broth and vegetables.
- Iron Eggs
Iron Eggs originated in Tamsui District and is a specialty dish. The ingredients used to prepare and cook the eggs are all Muslim-friendly, such as soy sauce as well as herbs and spices. The eggs are dark coloured or black because they are repeatedly stewed in the mix of ingredients, which also makes it more flavourful compared to regular hard-boiled eggs. Somehow they taste even more delicious in cold weather, and can help warm travellers up after a long day of sightseeing.
There are a lot of seafood stalls in the night markets where travellers can find fresh seafood such as shrimp, oysters and shellfish. Travellers can choose their favourite seafood and the vendors will grill it right in front of them. With a sprinkle of salt, the travellers are all set for a tantalising feast. Travellers who are early birds can also visit the morning fish market to buy fresh seafood that can be cooked and eaten on the premises. Muslim travellers are advised to check with the vendors or sellers on the ingredients they use.
- Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu is known as Taiwan’s favourite snack, travellers who like to challenge themselves should try this iconic dish in Shilin Night Market. Many travellers would keep a distance from the stall due to its pungent smell, but when they try it, they may just be pleasantly surprised that the taste is actually better than the smell. Muslim travellers can have it with peace of mind as the tofu is fried in vegetable oil which makes it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside; it will be even more addictive when it is topped with chili.
- Peanut Ice Cream Roll
As one of the top local favourites, Peanut Ice Cream Roll is a gem that dessert lovers are looking for. A thin flour crepe filled with peanut candy shavings and ice cream; this mouth-watering combination can make one fall in love with the “ice cream spring roll”. Travellers can also choose the ingredients according to their liking such as pineapple and taro as well as coriander for an aromatic layer.
Besides the restaurants, eateries and dishes listed above, travellers can also visit https://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0020323 for the complete list of Muslim-friendly and Halal-certified restaurants.