45 Taiwanese foods we can't live without

Small eats, and a lot of them, are the big thing in Taiwan.

The culinary philosophy here is eat often and eat well.

Sure, there's the internationally accepted three-meals-a-day dining format, but why be so limited when you can make like the Taiwanese and indulge in gourmet snacking at any time of the day?

The Taiwanese capital, Taipei, has around 20 streets dedicated to snacking.

Every time you think you've found the best streetside bao, the most incredible stinky tofu or mind-blowing beef noodle soup, there's always another Taiwanese food shop that surpasses it.

The island's food is a mash-up of the cuisine of the Min Nan, Teochew and Hokkien Chinese communities, along with Japanese cooking.

It's a culinary love-in with diversely delicious offspring.

Arguments about the best food on Taiwan risk ruining relationships and lifelong friendships.

Food: it's serious, it's respected, it's all excellent in Taiwan.

Best Taiwanese food | CNN Travel
Best Taiwanese food | CNN Travel