Eating in Taipei, on a budget

This isn’t a fully-comprehensive guide to every single budget-friendly eatery in the capital. Nope. This is a small selection of just some of my favourite cheap eats, without skimping on quality.

Taipei City – 圓環邊蚵仔煎 NingXia Oyster Omelet

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If you’re in the area around Ningxia nightmarket, then look no further than this delicious oyster omelet. Portioned up off this gigantic one, the oyster omelet is a staple favourite for many, me included. At $50, you can’t go wrong!

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Taipei City – CiSheng Temple 慈聖宮天上聖母

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Or, maybe you want a filling breakfast? This will definitely get you through the day, and you’ll still get change out of $300.

Taipei City – 天天利美食坊 , TianTianLi Restaurant

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I’m not a fan of Ximending. But, when I do go there, I try to go here if it isn’t too busy.

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Everyone loves that #yolkporn, especially at $25 (+$10 for the egg).

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The rice is borderline, but the delicious meat and gooey egg make up for it. Under $50/bowl.

Taipei City – 老阿伯魷魚羹 – DiHua Street squid balls

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Looking to eat cheap with friends?

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You can get a bit of everything here, and still have change out of a $500 for everyone included. The rice will set you back a mere $30, and the soup with noodles inside will set you back $80. Add a side of veggies ($35) or tofu ($30) and you’re laughing.

Taipei City – 池先生

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Since I wrote this post, there’s now another restaurant in this chain opened in GongGuan.

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This Hainan specialty chicken with rice is only setting you back $145.

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Whilst this spicy chicken with rice, eggs, and shrimp crackers will set you back $149.

Taipei City – 民樂旗魚米粉

You’ll easily get change out of $200 for two bowls of rice noodle soup and a plate of deep fried oysters, here. And, you’re set to go get a bowl of delicious shaved ice at Summer Tree Desserts, after.

Taipei City – 1976 Hong Kong Restaurant

$90 for a bowl of this monstrous, delicious congee, and $110 for a bowl of noodles with pork liver is going the right way. This place is really solid, and even though it’s in the Eastern (can be more expensive) Area, it’s a good find.

Taipei City – 上海邵師傅湯包

$60 for this?! I’m all in! They also do some really good curry pot stickers, too.

Taipei City – 饒河夜市 RaoHe Nightmarket

At $50, this will absolutely not disappoint. Delicious.

If seafood is your thing, then this fresh squid will tick your box. It’s $120, which may not strike you as cheap, but the freshness and quality of this will make it seem like a dream!

You get a big bit of pork stuffed in this bowl, with a delicious warming broth, all for $70.


As I said before, this is not every single inexpensive eat in the Taipei area. But, it’s a selection of a few of the delicious ones I have had the pleasure of eating, so far.

Let me know what you think, or if you have any recommendations 🙂

Ash – eatingintaipei@gmail.com

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