7 Foods You Must Eat in Lugang

Other Sites Related to Lugang:

Lugang Old Street and Alleyways

Lugang's Amazing Tian Hou Gong Temple

Lugang's Glass Temple

 

1)Oyster Omelette 蚵仔煎 (Taiwanese: "e-ah'jian")

 

If you've travelled just about anywhere in Taiwan or have been to a night market, chances are you have come across an oyster omelet.

 

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In Lugang, however, the oyster omelet is a staple and we believe also tastes the best.  The omelet is made with fresh oysters, eggs, along with some other veggies including lettuce. It is fried on a hot griddle and then served on a plate with some mild hot sauce. You can also order it with shrimp instead of oysters. The best place to get one?...right in front of the Tian Hou Gong Temple.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

2) Deep Fried Seafood  酥炸海鮮

 

These stands are everywhere in Lugang and the food is fun to try. The shrimp, crab, and oyster cakes, are deep fried and then thrown into an oiled wok to heat up when bought.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

You don't need to peel anything here. Just take a crunchy shrimp and pop it in your mouth and chew away.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

The fresh crabs are delicious. They have been deshelled and can be eaten whole.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

The oysters cakes are made with flour and shaped into a fist sized paddy and mixed with scallions. After they are deep fried, they are a filling treat.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

3) Steamed Meat Buns ("Rou Bao") 肉包

 

Steaming fresh meat buns, and veggie ones, are peppered around the Lugang old street. Look for the long line and you will know which ones are the most popular.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

The steamed buns are, well, steamed and served fresh.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

This shop, called, "Old Horse Steamed Buns", always has a line.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

The steamed buns are a big filling treat.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

Packed with fresh pork and vegetables.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

4) "Noodle" Tea  麵茶

 

Noodle tea sounds strange. There aren't any noodles and it really doesn't look like tea. But, this hearty "drink" is quite famous around Lugang.

 

 

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From a powdered mixture made from tea, flour, and sometimes almond four, noodle tea is mixed with hot water and turns into a drink looking more like oatmeal than tea.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

Noodle tea tastes quite good, but it's very filling. Try a sample before you decided to take home a bag.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat

 

 

5) Cow Tongue Cookie  牛舌餅

 

There are no cows or tongues in this yummy sweet treat. It's named for its tongue like shape. Some places around Taiwan sell crispy cow tongue cookies, but in Lugang, the cookies are thick, soft and have a filling inside.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat cow tongue cookie

 

 

Some of the fillings are taro, brown sugar, sweet potato, or plain sugar. They taste great fresh from the stove.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat cow tongue cookie

 

Can't eat just one? Don't worry, every stand sells bags of cookies for visitors to take home and enjoy.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat cow tongue cookie

 

 

6) Steamed Taro Cakes  芋頭丸

 

These purple taro cakes look a little strange and unique. Actually, they are quite delicious. They are 100% vegetarian and a salty snack. They are steamed and taste great out of the streamer.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat taro cake

 

 

The taro steamed cake is a hearty snack made up of mostly fresh taro and a few spices.  These snacks are not found everywhere in Taiwan.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat taro cake

 

 

The "Wang Ji Taro Shop" usually has a big line. It goes quickly and is worth the wait.

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat taro cake

 

 7) Snails in Rice Wine 燒酒螺

 

Snail fans rejoice. This is a Taiwan take on snail eating. The snacks are cooked in Taiwan's own traditional  "Shao Jiu" which is a type of rice wine.

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat snails in rice wine

 

 

After the snails are cooked, they are left in big bowls to soak in the juices. You can get them with varying degrees of spiciness. Get a bag and suck out the meat!!

 

 

lugang taiwan foods to eat snails in rice wine

 

Other Sites Related to Lugang:

Lugang Old Street and Alleyways

Lugang's Amazing Tian Hou Gong Temple

Lugang's Glass Temple

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