Would I revisit Tainan? Certainly. (1) For the Street Food and (2) Take the Tainan-Taitung scenic train ride.
At the railway station pick up a map (free) produced by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, and all the recommendations including locations are mentioned.
I was caught by the look of professionalism of this elderly gentleman hard at work. He told us that he doesn’t use any short-cut methods or ingredients, ie ajinomoto.
This shop is not mentioned in any guide but discovered by accident as I noticed the locals placing orders for takeover. I first tried his oyster omelette.
Big succulent oysters, fresh eggs and vegetables. Himself wanted to stay an extra day just to eat this again.
3. Mr Chou Prawn fritters
We had the braised pork over rice here and didn’t see the need to go elsewhere.
4. 洪祖師擔仔麵：台南市東區崇德路508巷12號，06- 0023 4001
Make your own: Danzai mian
My favourite. How different is bean curd? Not just the multi variationsof topping such as yam and yam balls. But the black sugar treacle caramel. Just can’t find this anywhere else in Taipei. My Taipei friends have nor tried it either. Maybe it’s a recent invention as my query on 黑糖 drew puzzled looks. A 60 year old man told me to go go Okinawa which is famous for black sugar.
6. Yam balls
7) 啊堂鹹粥 Ah Tang porridge
Simply the best. We missed it on our first morning and only discovered it on second day thanks to Google map and taxi. It’s closed by 11am. On the day of departure before going to the train station we came at 8am. The porridge is grainy rice like not the mushy HK style. This is what I like with 黑目鱼or grey mullet.
Himself liked it. I didn’t fancy it but agree that it’s way better than what you can get in Taipei. I saw some Taiwanese ladies have a bowl each.
Didn’t try but recommended by a few sites:
肉伯火雞肉飯：台南市中西區公園路12號之2，06-2283359 (Near Mitsukoshi)
滷肉飯 Braised pork over rice
珍珠奶茶：Bubble tea (Pearl milk tea)
豬腳飯：Pig’s trotter over rice
八寶冰：Eight treasure shaved ice
Where: Anping street
Probably an invention by a Taiwanese who studied in the US for chowder in a soup bowl.
Make your own: DIY