Halal Restaurant Guide

This list of halal restaurants was kindly collated and provided by Seha Özdemir. The list below includes a wide range restaurants and different cuisines, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.

We hope you find this post helpful! If you’d like to recommend other halal restaurants in Taiwan, feel free to contact us!

First Flavour Buffet at National Taiwan University of Science & Technology (NTUST)

First Flavour Buffet (第一 味精緻自助餐) at NTUST
NTUST Cafeteria 3
Tel: (02) 2737-1076

Mediterranean Cuisine (地中海私房料理) at NTUST

NTUST Cafeteria 1
Tel: +886 921-151-340

Tandoori (坦都里)
No. 154, Lane 184, Beixin Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City
Tel: +886 953-215-157

Ali Baba’s Indian Kitchen (阿里巴巴的廚房)
2F, No. 56, Sec. 2, Nanjing East Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
Tel: (02) 2567-7163

3 Idiots Toast & Curry (三個傻瓜印度蔬食公館店)
No. 28, Lane 283, Sec. 3, Luosifu Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2369-9966

Abad Indian Kitchen (台北阿巴得印度料理)
No. 130, Guangfu North Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2546-0440

Saathiya Indian Cuisine (莎堤亞印度料理)
2F, No. 195, Sec. 2, Xinyi Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2343-2513

Yunus Halal Restaurant (清真泰富豪)
No. 36, Beining Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2579-0528

Thai Wang Muslim Thai Food (台北泰旺泰式餐廳)
1F, No. 50, Nanhua Rd., Zhonghe Dist., New Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2242-6188

Toko Indonesia Halal Al-Muttaqin (永和印尼清真店)
No. 10, Alley 5, Lane 151, Zhongzheng Rd., Yonghe Dist., New Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2946-0040

(Ai-Ji) Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant (清鎮黃牛肉麵館)
No.23, Yanping South Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2331-8203

Kunming Halal Restaurant (清真昆明園餐廳)
No. 26, Lane 81, Fuxing North Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2751-6776

Maduro Feasts (馬迪諾) at City Suites Hotel (城市商旅)
No. 411, Sec. 5, Nanjing Rd., Shongshan Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2742-5798

Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant (番紅花城土耳其餐廳)
No. 60, Sec. 2, Nanjing East Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
Tel: (02) 2522-2939

Fried Chicken Master Gongguan (烤雞大獅)
No.158, Sec.3, Tingzhou Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2368-2551

So Free Pizza (柴燒窯烤)
No. 19, Lane 86, Sec. 3, Xinsheng South Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2368-2551

Royal Coffee & Restaurant (羅亞咖啡與餐廳)
1F, No. 72, Sec. 2, Xinsheng South Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2393-5995

Chiba (吃吧) at Amba Taipei Ximending Hotel
No. 77, Sec. 2, Wuchang St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
Tel: (02) 2375-5111

 蔬喜素食 (No English name)
No. 116, Minquan Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2218-3966



Taiwanese Food


In Taiwan, food isn’t merely belly fuel – it’s a way to have a good time with friends and family. It’s a celebration of community and life.

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Me, about to eat a giant clam at Miaokou Night Market, in Keelung.

An Introduction to Taiwanese Food

Food is an aspect of Taiwanese culture that is assuredly beyond any expert’s capacity to explain with fewer words than the number in Moby Dick (over 200,000, by the way).

One thing can be said in very few words, though: In Taiwan, food is as important as sleeping, working, and even breathing! This country truly has a “food culture” and a trip around the island, or around Taipei, is like a visit to the world’s best culinary museum.

taiwanese cooks

Everything revolves around the topic of food in Taiwan from the customary evening snack with friends, to the more elaborate feasts held on special occasions and festivals like Chinese New Year and the Tomb Sweeping Day.

Taiwan Food – Origins

Food in Taiwan is an ever-expanding list of edibles that, while coming mostly from the same family as the majority of Chinese food, has the influence of the cultural variety that is part and parcel of Taiwan’s history. The specialties of the island’s aboriginal people and of Fujian Province in China both make huge contributions to the cuisine.

The mainland Chinese that fled to Taiwan in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the influence of the periods of Japanese and Portuguese colonialism, and the popularity of Western food can be tasted as well in Taiwan’s food.

Also, when thinking about the food of Taiwan and it’s origins and influences, don’t forget about the immigrants from Southeast Asia – Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand – they all make appearances.

food in taiwan

Taiwanese Food
Influenced by Formosa’s Geography

Taiwan’s unique geography of juxtaposed highlands and coastal lowlands, together with its tropical latitude, provide it with an incredible diversity of fruits, vegetables, sea creatures and other oddities that can’t found anywhere else. Trust me, Taiwan’s food is among the world’s richest and most varied.

This diversity is overwhelming to the point that Taiwanese people often don’t even know what they’re eating. If you intriguingly ask a local what something is, don’t be surprised if they simply respond “I don’t know either.”

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Duck’s head

The most important thing about the food in Taiwan is to have an open mind and an empty stomach, as the adage goes. Let your inhibitions go and eat something that is completely unrecognizable. That said, there are some standard favorites that will forever exist as part of the canon of edible things on Formosa.

Let’s do it like this – we’re going to follow a fictional Taiwanese man, Chen, throughout his day and observe what he eats.

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Taiwan Food Adventure… Follow Mr. Chen!

Chen woke up at 6:42, 12 minutes later than he should have. He threw on some clothes, accidentally put on the same tie that he wore yesterday, raced down the stairs and out the door of his apartment. On his way to work, he stopped at a local breakfast shop, adorned with a tri-color stripe pattern – the red, orange then yellow that is typical of morning eateries in Taiwan. He ordered a freshly madehot soymilk along with an egg pancake and a turnip cake. He was hungry.

After a few hours of hard work talking with various clients, making sales and running numbers, Chen was looking forward to his lunch break. All day he was thinking about what he wanted. Would he go for beef noodles, a quick fried frice, or maybe the simple buffetoption? Was he feeling like the cool, crisp sesame taste of cool noodles? Maybe he would just find a sandwich at the bakery next to his office building. In the end he decided on a couple pork-filled steamed bun and a pearl milk tea.

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Food – It keeps everybody busy!

Feeling exhausted as he left work, Chen looked for a carbohydrate pick-me-up, and found it in a steaming hot luwei – a stand where he picked out the kind of noodles he wanted and all the vegetables and meats he wanted to include, and they cooked it all up for him.

Later that night, he and his friends decided to stop at the night market for some extra treats. One of his friends battled the day’s heat with a tsua bing, a shaved ice treat with mango on top. Another friend, the more Taiwanese among them, chowed down some pig blood cake and followed it up with a round of stinky tofu. Finally, Chen, full from a day of eating, was satisfied with only a cold papaya milk.

chinese pig blood cake
Pig blood cake

Taiwan Food – All Day Long!

Mr. Chen might be fictional, but the reality here in Taiwan about food is very close to the story you just read. People seem to eat even more than Italians (I come from an Italian famil).

But here in Taiwan, it’s different. Taiwanese people have three meals a day, but there is always a snack or two or three, and huge cups of Chinese tea or other fruit drinks between those meals. I hardly ever say “I’m hungry” in Taiwan. Food is always available. You go somewhere, someone will offer you something to eat. You stay at home, a friend will call to ask: “wanna go for a snack?

You cannot escape food in Taiwan! 

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Ruby and my mom eating Taiwanese food in Tainan.

Don’t be scared to try new Taiwanese food!

At first, you might be uncomfortable to try new foods in Taiwan. The smells are strong, the textures seem weird, and even the way food is displayed is different than in the western world. But you should overcome your fear and try as many new Taiwanese foods as possible. I’m not saying you will like every dish. But I can guarantee that you will have many surprises and you might crave for some snacks when you’re back home…

stinky tofu in taiwan
Stinky Tofu

Where can you eat cheap food in Taiwan?

Cheap food in Taiwan can be found everywhere, at any time of the day. Street stalls that sell cheap Taiwanese food like fried rice, wonton soup, stinky tofu, and Chinese noodles plaster the sidewalks of every Taiwanese city. Night markets are also famous for cheap, traditional Taiwanese food and snacks.

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Barbecued squid at a night market in Taipei city

Here are my favorite night markets in Taiwan:

Taichung: Feng Jia (Feng Chia) Night Market, Yizhong Street, and Zhong Hua Night Market.

Taipei: Shilin Night Market – of course! Shida and Raohe Night
Markets also have very delicious, and cheap Taiwanese food.

Keelung: Miaokou Night Market

Kaohsiung: Liuhe Night Market. Don’t waste your time going to Ruifeng Night Market – bad Taiwanese food, dirty streets, and it closes ridiculously early.

Hualien: Nanbin Night Market – great stinky tofu!

Fengyuan: The little street next to Fengyuan Temple is a great place to grab a bite at any time of the day. I think the name of the street is Miaodong.

taiwan night market
Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

If you don’t want to eat Taiwanese food…

Stay home! Don’t come to Taiwan! (Just kidding!)

Well, you’ll be happy to hear that Taiwan has many restaurants that serve international dishes. Italian, Japanese, Indian, French, and Thai restaurants are especially popular and can easily be found in the big cities like TaipeiTaichung, and Kaohsiung.

I hope you enjoyed this page about food in Taiwan!

Original Article Found Here

NCCU Food Guide

From students by students, this guide presents information about 35 restaurants near and far from NCCU that were recommended by NCCU students based on their experiences. The guide includes the name of the restaurant, telephone number, address, direction from NCCU, price range and more. The guide also includes some extra information about hair salons, hospitals, and more.


The restaurants are divided in two locations inside the campus.

Lower campus

  • Poco a Poco, second floor inside the Administration Building
  • Food Court: on the side of the Main Library (Be sure to go to the second floor of the Food Court)
  • Cafe, in front of Social Sciences Library, General Building
  • 7/11 on College of Commerce Building

Higher Campus

  • Igor Café: Located in Dorm 10
  • Hi-Life Convenience Store in Dorm 10
  • Food court in Dorm 9


[ For an even better experience, be sure to utilize apps such as Foursquare and Yelp, which can suggest many other restaurants. ]

Restaurants and bars outside campus (mainly on Zhi Nan Road, Section 2) serve Asian food. There are also some restaurants that offer western food, which basically consists of pasta, steak with side dishes and salad.

One thing to have in mind is that dinner time in Taiwan is usually around 17:00 to 19:00, which means that most restaurants do not remain open until very late at night. There are also two 7/11 and one Hi-Life convenience stores which can prove quite handy when one needs a bite after restaurants have closed.

Around NCCU you have a lot of food options, everything from fast food, snacks, international food and of course, the regular 7/11 food.

You can find the American chains; Mc Donalds, Starbucks and Subway around campus. The prices of the dishes in Mc Donalds’ differ between 105 and 130 NT. You can get ice cream for between 15-30 NT, and breakfast menu is for around 50 NT. At Subway, the prices are between 100-200 NT. You also have the “Sub- of- the- day” for between 80-150 NT with drink included. At Starbucks you have all their traditional coffees and some food dishes. The prices here vary from 50- 200 NT.

For snack places you find many stands around selling fried food, Chinese snack and fried chicken. “Come buy” sells different tea types. Prices here differ from 25-40 NT. At “Meet Fresh” you can get cold desserts. These are dishes with jelly, ice cream, tofu, etc. The Taiwanese bakery is also around campus, and it is called Bakery Boss. The prices here are from 20-70 NT. Most of the bread is filled with different ingredients. On the street outside campus you also have yet another 7/11 store and a Hi-Life store. Here you get food, drinks, refill for your phone and ATM services.

Some warm dish restaurant include “BoboChacha”, which offers you Malaysian food. the prices here are from 60-100 NT, and you get your food fast. Another place right by BoboChacha is a Thai place. The name of the place is written in Thai. It has Thai dishes and a lot of dishes of fried rice. The price is from 50- 80 NT. Another place has Korean and Italian food. It’s called “The World Specialty Food”, and has the Korean and Italian flag on the entrance. As the name says, you get Italian and Korean dishes here.  They also have a salad bar and some fruits. You can get all-you- can- eat from this buffet and including one dish from 150 NT. Another restaurant is a small pot place. The name of this restaurant is in Chinese, but you recognize the place from its orange sign with a picture of a hot pot. The small pots have beef, pork or chicken, and you can also choose from a wide variety of soups here. The prices range from around 70-120 NT.

There are a couple of buffet places as well. One place right outside campus, offers vegetables and meat. Take what you want, and when you pay you can choose to have rice with it. Another buffet has only vegetarian dishes to choose from.

“Green Vegetarian House” is another vegetarian restaurant. Prices here are from 90NT. “1960” is another restaurant offering Thai dishes, and also some Vietnamese dishes. The prices here are around 100 NT.

We also have an Italian inspired place called “Pomodoro”. They have pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads. The price here is around 160-300 NT. They also serve Illy coffee, wine bottles and cold drinks.

Some of the restaurants around campus doesn’t provide menu, however we have come up with a brief description of their menu and prices.

1. 可麗餅 Crepe

You can find here a delicious food with tuna, eggs, lettuce, mayonnaise, corn it is a kind of sandwich the prices are between 30 – 85 NT

2. 四五大街Highly Recommended

It is a wonderful place to eat Chinese Cuisine, in here you can find:

Noodles  NT$65-75, Wonton NT$ 65-75, Rice with Noodles  NT$70-80, Rice Dishes  NT$65-75, Fried Rice  NT$65-75, Soups  NT$20-60 NT, Vegetarians Dishes  NT$50-75. The tea is free and it is good.

3. 敏忠小吃店 – Highly Recommended

This is a place to find refreshments, It is a tea shop, the prices are between 25-40

5. Fruits store before Daonan Bridge:

It is very cheap, the prices:

Apple: 20

Orange: 4

Banana: 53(9units)

Mellow: 12

Well in general the fruit is very cheap.

6. Burgers

   -Mcdonalds. The prices of the dishes: Between 105 and 130 NT.

Ice Cream: 15-30

Breakfast: 49 NT

11:00 to 2:00 pm. Soda, Hamburger and fried potatoes for 79 NT

   –Mos Burger. The prices of the dishes: Between 140 and 200 NT.

7. King Tea, tea store

Milk Tea, the prices are: 25-60 NT

8. Coffee

– Starbucks. The prices are: 50-200 Nt.

– Louisa Coffee Good coffee and offer student discount. [ Around the corner from Starbucks]

9. Apt. Cafe, second floor of the building in front of 7/11 Main Gate

Waffle with ice cream and fresh strawberry, salads and sandwiches. Prices are around 130 – 250 NTD. They also serve a variety of cold and hot tea, coffee and more..

10.  Delos Pasta – Highly Recommended

Italian restaurant that offers free black tea and corn soup. The ambience is nice. They serve pasta dishes and quesadillas. The prices are around 90-160 NTD.

11. Next Door – Highly Recommended

The latest contender on the list of restaurants around NCCU, located on the second floor of the school cafeteria, the restaurant offers western dishes for a great price. A must when you miss food from back home!