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Regional Information on Taiwan

Taiwan, Asia
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

HappyCow previously offered this space for vegetarian events, vegetarian travel or general information for Taiwan, suggestions such as hotel recommendations, travel agencies, or any other regional vegan and vegetarian related information.
However, this has been discontinued due to inactivity.
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Travel notes: Taiwan is truly a vegetarian and vegan paradise -- from all-you-can-eat smorgasbords with hundreds of different dishes, to "small eats" at stands in the night markets, Taiwan features its own unique, varied cuisine as well as a full spectrum of international vegetarian delights.  There is also a growing public awareness regarding the benefits of organic produce, and natural foods restaurants featuring organic, wholesome vegetarian fare are springing up all over -- this movement has also led to a decrease in the use of additives such as MSG.  Taipei city alone has over 750 active vegetarian restaurants, according to the Taiwanese vegetarian resource site vegeworld.com.tw (Chinese only, unfortunately).  Vegetarian food in Taiwan is also predominantly vegan, as eggs are not considered vegetarian by Taiwanese Buddhists, and milk does not play a large role in most Taiwanese cooking.
Jamie Alexandre, May 2006

Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'Thanks for forming a veggie Taiwan group'
Posted by WanPing on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 07:02 AM PST
Hi, thanks for adding a Taiwan group here. :)

Would like to recommend some geographic info here.

There are 23 cities and counties in Taiwan.
If you are looking for a veg*n restaurant in any place, make sure you know it's in the city or in the county, such as Taipei county or Taipei city. There's a big difference between them. :)

基隆市 Keelung city
台北市 Taipei city
台北縣 Taipei County
桃園縣 Taoyuan County
新竹市 Hsinchu city
新竹縣 Hsinchu County
苗栗縣 Miaoli County
台中市 Taichung city
台中縣 Taichung County
彰化縣 Changhua County
南投縣 Nantou County
雲林縣 Yunlin County
嘉義市 Chiayi city
嘉義縣 Chiayi County
台南市 Tainan city
台南縣 Tainan County
高雄市 Kaohsiung city
高雄縣 Kaohsiung County
屏東縣 Pingtung County
宜蘭縣 Ilan County
花蓮縣 Hualen County
台東縣 Taitung County

The following are small islands.
澎湖縣 Penghu County
金門縣 Jimen County
連江縣 Lijiang County

Subject: 'Vegelife.com.tw'
Posted by eric on: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 08:39 PM PST
Taiwan boasts thousands and thousands of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and food stalls. The website, vegelife.com.tw, many of them, in all different parts of Taiwan. The information is in Chinese only.

Subject: 'New Blog on Veganism in Taiwan'
Posted by JesseD on: Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 09:52 PM PST
Enough has been said here about how great a country Taiwan is for vegans. However, I am aware that it can be difficult for non-Chinese speaking people who are new to Taiwan, so I am putting together a blog on veganism in Taiwan: www.vegantaiwan.blogspot.com
It may take a while to get it up to a useful standard, however I am happy to answer questions on veganism in Taiwan in the meantime.
Happy eating and travelling, studying or working in Taiwan!

Subject: 'Learn the Word VEGETARIAN'
Posted by Chia on: Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 10:07 AM PST
Have someone write the character for vegetarian in Chinese ('SU' with a forceful sound). Once you learn to recognize the character, you will be able to spot it out as all vegetarian food stalls & restaurants will have a sign with that character ('SU'). Vegans don't worry -- Taiwanese vegetarian is mostly vegan!

Subject: 'Formosa (Beautiful)'
Posted by Guest on: Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 08:16 AM PST
Taiwan is full of wonder. But you must get out of the big cities and explore the small villages & towns, and you will be greated by smiling & curious faces. Lots of yummy traditional foods, warm people, very earthy, and overall a beautiful island!

Subject: 'Eating Veg "Chur Su"'
Posted by Chia on: Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 10:30 AM PST
"Chur Su" in Taiwan is really easy as many people are buddhists. Most vegetarian restaurants are offer mostly vegan buffet-style/food-by-weight, and the choices are incredible and delicious!

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