Like many other big cities, the Taipei Main Train Station is a central transportation hub. It handles the Taiwan High-Speed Rail (HSR), Taiwan Railway (TRA), and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Subway system. Within all of the chaos 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）. It has been around for a long time and is quite famous, even before the massive expansion of the Taipei Main Train Station.
While there is a wide variety of different goodies to eat, the key things to order are their potstickers and hot and sour soup. Perfectly fried potstickers rich in flavor paired with thick tasty soup is wonderful comfort food. 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: 一之軒. They have making handmade mochi for many generations now, and they are famous for this. The mochi has unique flavors and is super soft; at the time there were only twelve different flavors. My (and just about everyone else’s) favorites were the peanut and sesame varieties.
If you’re in Taipei, you’ll probably loop by the central train station. And even if you’re not, loop on by anyways! It is a really convenient way to get some good small eats, eh?!