The Best Vegetarian Food in Taitung, Taiwan
Greetings from Taitung!
I’ve been living here since July of 2019, visiting since 2013, and I think that’s enough to have a good lay of the land for vegetarian food on offer! These places are my personal stomping grounds for cheap & healthy local grub, which covers a fair amount of the city. However I’m probably missing out on some hidden gems. So ff you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, let’s dig in…
Table of Contents (click to jump ahead)
- Best quick & easy meal
- Best western vegetarian food
- Best Taiwan-style western vegetarian
- Best soup noodle shop (& wraps!)
- Best greasy night stall
- Best stinky tofu (yes I’m serious, haha)
- Best place for “traditional” Chinese vegetarian
- Best spot for Korean food
- Best Taiwan-style breakfast shop
- Best late night snack option
- Best night market stall
- Best pizza in Taitung
- Best fish & chips in the world
Best place for a quick & easy meal
溫馨小館 | Cozy Little Hall
This place feels like a home – and it basically is. For only 100ntd, you can get a simple, healthy fried rice meal in either curry, tomato, or soy sauce flavor. It always comes with a variety of Chinese vegetables and a bowl of soup or tea. There’s also a nice creamy risotto egg dish (below) that comes in around 130ntd, and all the other staples such as noodles and soup noodles, etc. They stay open relatively late (until 9pm or so), and there’s always a funny looking cat lounging around the room as well.
Address: No. 157, Guangming Road, Taitung City, 950 | # 08 932 8860 | Google Maps
Best place for Western vegetarian food
Not 100% vegetarian but it’s definitely a stand-out in Taitung. They’ve got the goods that nobody else here does – namely fresh, high quality hummus, falafel, & pita bread. Amazing! There’s an excellent curry rice bowl and a wide selection of calzones as well. To top if off, the prices are great and you can score a solid meal for around 120ntd and up. The place also has a homey atmosphere as the owner’s kids are often running around. They have an astounding 4.9 rating on Google Maps, and I’d say that’s warranted. Recommended!
Address: No. 10, Lane 298, Zhengqi Road, Taitung City, 95044 | # 0903142449 | Google Maps
Best Taiwanese-Western style food
得來素蔬食早午餐 | Delaisu
This place rocks! In some ways, you could say it’s a Taiwanese take on fast food, veggie style. Not only is it cheap, but you have a very large menu with everything from udon noodles to rice curry dishes (pictured above) to an assortment of veggie burgers and veggie dogs with fries, sandwiches, and more. There’s a ton of the menu that I haven’t tried yet. It also doubles as a breakfast joint – they do the infamous dan bings (egg crepes) here too. The only bummer is that their hours are limited; they close early and it isn’t usually open for dinner.
Address: No. 627, Gengsheng Road, Taitung City, 950 | # 08 922 2288 | Google Maps
Best cheap noodles & wraps
明隆春捲專賣店 | Ming Long Noodle Shop
One of the only places with an English sign in town. They got the best wraps in the city, hands down; made with fresh sprouts, purple rice, or cabbage (<- the most popular), for 40ntd each. They also have an extensive and modestly priced menu of noodles / soup / soup noodles. Fairly traditional stuff including sesame noodles, wonton soup, angelica noodles, etc. Service is fast and the boss lady speaks perfect English. You can’t really go wrong here and it’s centrally located to boot.
Thai Hot & Sour Noodles
Best Taiwan-style night stall
台東香雅鹹素雞 | Taitung Fragrant Chicken
Aside from the cool name, this place is a godsend. When you need a proper greasy meal of fried foods late at night – this is your spot. Most places like this don’t really have much in the way of vegeterian food, but this place is 100%. A variety of mock meats are on offer and it’s not all dunked in oil – you can choose to have your food boiled as well. I only wish they had a few tables for eating on the spot. The owner is super friendly and smiley. Most importantly, they make their own fried cheese sticks for 30ntd a pop.
Address: 950台東縣台東市新生路317號之1號 | # 0937 815 087 | Google Maps
You’ll need to take your bag of noodles home and put them in your own bowl.
But really, how can you go wrong with homeade cheese-on-a stick, in Taiwan?
Best “late night” food spot
蘇天助素食麵 | Su Tian Zhu Noodles
If you need a late night spot – this is it. Late being relative here, because Taitung tends to close down early. But this place is open until midnight (or 11pm if there are few customers). There’s only 4 things on the menu: a rice bowl, a noodle bowl, noodles in soup, and soup. All of them feature a thick, rich, salty sauce and some kind of fake meat shreds, and all of them come in at 40ntd (or 50 for a large version). For some reason I feel like I’m going back in time, living an ancient tradition, when eating at this place. The food is tasty and exactly what the doctor ordered when you need a “late night” veg snack.
Address: No. 195, Baosang Road, Taitung City, 950 | # 08 932 3672 | Google Maps
Best Korean spot in Taitung
一起吃飯吧 韓式料理 | Let’s Eat (Korean)
Okay, okay…I’ll get better photos next time
You know it’s a good sign when you walk into a place and when you ask if they have any vegetarian options, their reply is “Sure! We can make anything vegetarian for you…” In addition to that great attitude, there are some great veg options on the menu already. My favorite of which is the cheesy bibimbap bowl, coming in at respectable 150ntd. In addition and as expected, you get a free flow of appetizers before the main meal comes out. The pitchers of water on the table is a nice touch as well. Can’t wait to get back to this place!
Address: 950台東縣台東市更生路135號 | # 0973 397 955 | Google Maps
Best fish & chips in the Universe
台澢號 | Taitung Tea House
Gonna cheat here because I’m not 100% vegetarian as I do eat a few types of fish on occasion. And I have a thing for fish & chips, haha. In fact, I might go on a limb and say this is my favorite fish & chips in the world. Although my hometown pub Kelly’s pulls a mean one as well. Anyways, you have two choices here, either classic or crispy, and the fish comes straight from the ocean nearby. The cost is a very reasonable 200ntd, and you need to pay extra for dip for your chips. And they close reallly early, at 6:30pm. Dulan is also a funky little town to spend time in and I would recommend that travelers stay up here rather than in the city.
Address: 146-2號 Dulan, Donghe Township, Taitung County 95941 | # 0955 092 961 | Google Maps