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Chinese cuisine goes back to ancient times and achieves its present level of excellence through the accumulation of thousands of years of practical knowledge and experience in cookery. Emphasis is placed on the perfect combination of color, aroma, flavor, and appearance, through which the most common ingredients are transformed into culinary tours de force. In Taiwan, cooking techniques from all areas of China have fused; the Taiwanese have not only mastered the traditional local Chinese specialties, but have also used traditional techniques to develop new culinary treats. These features attract many tourists to Taiwan every year to savor these Chinese specialties, ranging from small steamed buns to boiled dumplings.
Traditional Chinese food to be found all over Taiwan, next to Taiwanese and Hakka-style dishes, mainly including dishes from Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan, and Beijing.
Following are descriptions of the characteristics and different cooking styles of dishes from different regions:
Next to these Chinese delicacies, the enormous variety of typical Taiwanese snacks is unique in the world and most snacks perfectly illustrate the important place that the food culture takes in the lives of the Taiwanese people. Famous and unique Taiwanese snacks include oyster omelets, fried rice noodles, tempura, Tainan Danzai noodles, Taiwanese spring rolls, rice tube pudding, and braised pork rice. This food is cheap and delicious, and by no means inferior, with each specialty giving you an insight in the people of the area from which it originates.
Typical Taiwanese snacks are found everywhere, but the island's night markets in particular, are the places where these snacks can be found in abundance. Trying out these snacks, tourists will be able to learn about different specialties, cultures, and people from different areas, and gain a whole new perspective on traveling.