Taiwan offers an interesting mix of culture, tradition, natural beauty and delicious cuisine to indulge our taste bud.
The city has long been a popular choice amongst tourists but in recent time, efforts have also been introduced to ensure tourism in Taipei are also Muslim-friendly which enable Muslim visitors to equally enjoy the beautiful and exciting country has to offer.
The famous beef noodle soup may be the first thing that comes to your mind, but Taiwan’s brightly-lit metropolis is also known for their plethora of seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Taipei 101 & Taipei Grand Mosque
The most famous landmark that would attract the attention of any tourist would be the Taipei 101 building. This tall skycraper is the icon of the country and makes good background photo to tell people you have been to Taiwan.
A good stop for Muslim travellers would be the Taipei Grand Mosque. Being the larger mosque in Taiwan, this mosque is the center of Muslim community in the country and the city.
Muslim friendly-hotel are picking up around Taipei. Few on the list are Atami Hotel, Taipei Nandong City Suites and The Grand Hotel which provide delightful permissible (halal) local cuisine and dedicated dining area for its Muslim guests. Additional facilities such prayer map, Holy Quran and Qiblah direction provided upon requests by guests.
Chang Beef Noodle
One cannot leave Taipei without trying out the famous Taiwanese beef noodle. The good news for Muslim visitors is that there is a halal version of the famous food beef noodles. One of the restaurants selling it Chang’s Beef Noodle Shop which offers a delicious bowl of homemade noodle and tender juicy beef in a clear broth soup. True to its popularity, it is delicious and flavourful.
Yangmingshan National Park
The National Park is the one of the nine national park in Taiwan, located between Taipei and new Taipei City. The districts that house parts of the park grounds include Taipei’s Beitou and Shilin Districts; and New Taipei Wanli, Jishan and Sanzhi Districts. The National Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, hot spring, sulfur deposits, fumaroles, venomous snake, and hiking trails including Taiwan tallest volcano, Seven Star Mountain.
Ice Monster’s Shaved Ice
Taiwanese-style shaved ice desserts consist of large bowls of finely shaved consist of large bowls of finely shaved ice topped with a variety of sweets, including condensed milk, beans, jellies, and fresh fruits. Namely by CNN as one of the top 10 desserts in the world, shaved ice at Ice Monster is a must try item particularly its signature item – Mango Shaved Ice. Although Ice Monster’s mango shaved ice is still must-order, non-traditionalists, still enjoy digging into new innovative creations like taro and red-bean milk “avalanches”, or sampling a few of their handmade popsicles.
Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang
This shop look unassuming at first but their food is to die for. Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang, translated as Soy Milk King(and rightfully so), is one of the most popular breakfasts spots for the locals. If the locals approve of it, you definitely will too. There is no better way to kick off your day with their signature salty soy milk and some crispy, piping hot youtiao (dough stick).
If you are craving for their food in the middle of the night, no worries too, as this place is open 24hours. Kudos to the hardworking staff for the non-stop delivery of homemade goodness! Just take Daan Station and walk for six minutes from metro station.
Zong Cheng Hao Stinky Tofu
No Taiwan trip is complete without having tried their stinky tofu !
There is at least one of these in every night market in Taiwan, but not all were Muslim-friendly. Look out for the ones with “” sign which mean is vegetarian. But if you can, pop this one Shilin Night Market. It smells exceptionally, potently, and perhaps horribly bad but they say the smellier the tofu, the better it taste, just like durian and cheese.
Sliks Palace at the National Palace Museum
After exploring the National Palace Museums, a must-visit for first timers in Taiwan, visit the Silks Palace right next door to continue exploring the Chinese culture through the cuisine.
The Silk Palace offer the epitome Chinese dining, with traditionally cooked Taiwanese and Cantonese cuisines. As a walk-in customer, you can choose to dine in their food court or the open space area on the first floor of the restaurant.
Remember to request for the Muslim-friendly set meal if you are dining in the restaurant.
As Taiwan realises the huge market on Muslim travellers, the government is taking steps to widen Taipei’s attractiveness as a top holiday destination.