Taiwan Food Street (台湾小吃街) – Xiamen, China


First time in Xiamen and totally excited over all the hype I got from my friends and documentaries about the food there. Fact is, because of it’s close proximity to Taiwan, you’ll find many similar food types to Taiwan over here. I was a little skeptical because I’ve been to Taipei and the food there is a little bland to my palate. Maybe also because I’m from Singapore, working in the APAC region for years, I have developed a stronger preference to my taste buds. However that said, I have been on a diet and have been taking lotsa bland foods for this year alone. So how does a foodie go on a diet when he/she loves food so much? The tricks are:

  1. Foodie Friends – Go with people who can eat and love food like you do. Don’t go with friends or girlfriends who can’t eat, seriously they will spoil your food trip!
  2. Small Portions – Order the smallest portion and share! If you’re the only one or with your partner, order small portion still, but skip the carbo! Maybe have a scoop of rice or noodles, but if you wanna go the long mile, discard the rest. Why can’t you tell the food vendor to give lesser rice or noodles in the first place? If you ask that question, you’re obviously NOT a foodie. Reason is, your pictures that you post on your blog must reflect what you paid for. That way, others will flock to that place to try too!
  3. Walk It Out – If you’re on a hunt, walk to the places where you are going to try. Walking aids digestion and will make you ready for the next destination. 🙂 Besides, you may discover more eating places if you walk around! 🙂

The above are some strategies I use when I’m on a food venture. Just for Xiamen alone I walked more than 20km for my 4 days there! Hence it’s great is you can book your hotel near the target areas. See my review on the hotel I stayed here http://wp.me/2BhOI. So after checking in this hotel, I headed with my friends to the famous Taiwan Food Street in Xiamen… by foot of course! Check out the pics below:

The entry to food haven!
The entry to food haven!
Lots of stalls
Lots of stalls
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong... nah I'm joking... It's cold earth bamboo ... totally not what you think it is... The 'Earth Bamboo'... are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low... EEEWWWW... no, never try... ;P
土笋冻, direct translation is tu sun dong… nah I’m joking… It’s cold earth bamboo … totally not what you think it is… The ‘Earth Bamboo’… are actually sea worms dug from the muddy beach when the tides are low… EEEWWWW… no, never try… ;P
My first stop for something refreshing
My first stop for something refreshing
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing... DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Mango dunno what with ice cream on top thing… DAMN AWESOME! For only RMB20 (S$4+)
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings... Didn't try 'cos takes up stomach space...
Very famous chain of baked potato with cheese and your choice of toppings… Didn’t try ‘cos takes up stomach space…
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Alishan traditional stone grilled Taiwan Sausages RMB10 for 3. Pretty awesome.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs... Loads of filling but not nice.
Red bean and cream pancakes RMB10 for 4pcs… Loads of filling but not nice.
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn't try 'cos I don't go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Probably the only stall selling beef steaks. Very affordable but didn’t try ‘cos I don’t go Xiamen just to eat beef steaks!
Prata... Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian  Flying Biscuit... I reckon they think it's more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
Prata… Cheap and many people crowding around to see an Indian doing his Indian Flying Biscuit… I reckon they think it’s more convincing with an Indian selling that haha
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
快餐 in direct translation is Fast Food. To the mainlanders, this is fast food. For Singaporeans, this is Chye Peng.
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Many lobster stalls like this, just have to choose the one with the most people to ensure fresher seafood
Lobsters going from RMB20 - RMB150.
Lobsters going from RMB20 – RMB150.
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Scallops 4 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
Oysters 6 for RMB10
My lobster of RMB60... the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
My lobster of RMB60… the flesh not a lot and the garlic so much like its free
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones... interesting concept
This is quite nice, pizza in a cone. They have a machine like a conveyor belt that bakes the cones… interesting concept
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
The road beside this Taiwan Food Street
So I decided to walk further
So I decided to walk further
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia's versions.
Realize that their 卤面 is light broth as compared to Singapore/Malaysia’s versions.
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
Paranomic shot of the intersection of Da Tong Lu and Hengzhu Lu
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
On DA Tong Lu I found this lady super nice ask me to try her fried oyster cake.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
Full of ingredients inside. Oysters are really cheap in Xiamen.
The Fried Oyster Cake.... Not bad but a little oily for me 'cos on diet. :)
The Fried Oyster Cake…. Not bad but a little oily for me ‘cos on diet. 🙂
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu... Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Night wet market on Hengzhu Lu and Kaihe Lu… Be prepared for wet roads and splashing fish water when they are closing around 9pm+
Fruits stall
Fruits stall
Fish
Fish
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe...
Da Zha Xie, crabs with no meat and loads of roe…
I can imagine how big this stingray was...
I can imagine how big this stingray was…
More fish
More fish
So many variety of fish from the sea... I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!
So many variety of fish from the sea… I was based in Suzhou, only get fresh water ones and full of bones!

Rating: 4/5. A great outing with friends or eye-candy!!!

Taste: Food taste a lot less bland than those in Taiwan. I reckon it’s because Guangdong Province people like saltier and heavier tasting stuff.

Service: Vendors are very friendly and will not tout you to eat their stuffs.

Ambience: Hot.

Portion: Average.

Price: Very affordable.

RTE: I would if I can find foodie friends to go with!

Location: Renhe Road (福建省厦门思明区人和路)

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