Taiwan is worth a trip just for the food alone – ubiquitous, affordable and mouthwatering.
Taiwanese people love their food: a mixture of Chinese, Taiwanese aboriginal, Japanese and Western influence. A lot of food is consumed on the go, be it breakfast or snacks – the snacks are the best!
Due to its position as a trading post in the Mediterranean and its long history of being conquered by foreign nations (or in the case of the Order of St. John – multinational organizations), Maltese cuisine has been heavily influenced by foreign cuisines. Most foods and ingredients have to be imported anyways. As a result, a happy melange of Italian (Sicilian), Middle Eastern and English and many other dishes can be found at the Maltese Islands. Rabbit plays an important role as a local meat ingredient as well as a special type of sausage and cheese from Gozo.
Marsaxlokk is famous for its fish market on sundays and the many luzzu (boats) in their distinctive color. Restaurants along the promenade offer the catch of the day – a perfect spot to try the freshest fish and seafood. To burn off the calories, Peter’s pool is a short hike away, a secluded spot that offers interesting rock formations (a bit like this geopark).
For any food place that is a bit more popular and well-known in Tokyo, be prepared to stand in line. Best bet is to go at odd times in between meal times and just expect to wait for a while. Other than that, delicious food is waiting for you! Noodles are a favorite of mine, be it the more traditionally Japanese soba (buckwheat noodles) or the more Chinese inspired ramen, they are comfort in a bowl. There are lots of really good noodle places, so take your pick and enjoy.
Tired from escaping the crowds at Senso-ji temple? The nearby street food stalls might not be less frequented but provide some much-needed fuel for a sightseeing day. Fried stuff, pancakes, the ever-so-popular seafood, there is something for everyone. Of course, each district will have plenty of takeaway food to satisfy you.
Although Tsujiki Fish Market (築地市場) relocated to Toyosu in 2018 and the sacred place closed its doors forever, the street stalls and restaurants surrounding the market are still in business. Tourists still come here for some of the freshest seafood and the atmosphere. The contrast of seafood cooking away on outdoor stoves and collection of closed-down stores makes for a great street photography session, fresh seafood included.