Where to Find the Best Taiwanese Meatballs in Taipei

Meatball soup | ©  Hadge / Wikimedia
Meatball soup | © Hadge / Wikimedia
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
4 April 2017

While Taipei 101 and the many beautiful temples of Taipei are often the most popular tourist attractions in the city, there are plenty of tourists that make a beeline for the nearest meatball restaurant. But rather than take a chance on any old place, try one of these three places which are considered the best of the best by the locals.

Meatballs & Four Spirits Soup

, $$$

As hungry diners approach this small stand/restaurant, the first thing that they notice is the aromatic smell of the cook’s secret recipe. The meatballs served at this stand are nothing short of legendary, and it’s quite common to find a queue at even the most unusual times of the day.

A favorite with locals and tourists alike (if they’re lucky enough to find the place) the lovely owners serve up healthy portions of meatballs that are both succulent and incredibly tasty. Definitely a place to add to a whistle-stop cuisine tour of the city.

Zhen Wei Taiwanese Meatball

, $$$
Noodles with meatballs | © Taco Huang / Flickr

Nothing whets the appetite quite like the aroma of freshly made meatballs on the boil, and diners at this stand will do well not to start chewing their knuckles as they wait for their meal. Yes, the smell really is that good.

As with many purveyors of the humble meatball, the cooks here are reluctant to disclose the recipe for their tasty dish. The meatballs here are seasoned well and don’t have the overpowering meaty taste of some other meatball dishes. And while it might sound odd that meatballs shouldn’t be too meaty, in this case, it really does make a difference.

Su Hung Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Lion's Head Meatballs
Lion's Head Meatballs | © MCB / Wikimedia

A little different from our first two options, Su Hung Restaurant offers more comfortable surroundings to relax and enjoy your meatballs in. Their menu is quite extensive, and the portions of all dishes on the menu are extremely generous.

But most importantly, the meatballs are said to be like gifts from the culinary gods. Their specialty is the Lion’s Head meatball with cabbage and the vast majority of regulars won’t eat meatballs anywhere else. For Taiwanese meatballs the way they’re supposed to be served, this is the best place in the city.

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