About Taiwanese Cuisine
The modern authentic Taiwanese cuisine is an interesting interplay of Chinese, European and Japanese influences. This has to do with Taiwan’s unique history of colonization by the Dutch, the Japanese, and the Chinese from Mainland China. The Dutch introduced the use of basil, cream and northern European style cooking. The Japanese brought the emphasis on seafood and the use of miso. The Chinese brought millennia of intricate culinary culture and experiences from all different parts of its vast land. Furthermore, Taiwan’s local culture gave rise to the popularity of street food dishes at its many popular night markets throughout the island.
As the result, the Taiwanese cuisine is by definition a fusion Asian cuisine. Although it is closely related to Chinese cuisine, its fusion nature and its simplicity have made the cuisine highly approachable and well-loved by people from all different backgrounds.