Like many other big cities, the Taipei Main Train Station is a major transportation hub that handles the Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR), Taiwan Railway (TRA), and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Subway system. But in all of the chaos and craziness of moving thousands of people daily is a gold mine of great Taiwanese food – also known as Taiwan Small Eats (台灣小吃). Here are a couple of my favorites.
Potstickers and Hot & Sour Soup
This little shop on the 2nd floor of the train station is technically a dim sum restaurant called 小南門點心世界（微風美食廣場）. Its been around for a long time and it was one of the popular potstickers and hot & sour soup places before the massive expansion of the Taipei Main Train Station. While there is a wide variety of different goodies to eat – the key thing to always order from this restaurant are their Potstickers and Hot & Sour Soup … but save some room for dessert, eh?!
On the other side of the train station there is a dessert / pastry shop that is an old time Taipei shop. They have making handmade mochi for many generations now and they are famous for this. The mochi has amazing flavors and are super soft – there are twelve different flavors with the peanut and sesame being my favorites (and just about everyone else).
If you’re in Taipei, you’re probably going to loop by the main train station. And even if you’re not, loop on by as it is a really convenient way to get some good small eats, eh?!