Eating Taiwanese in the BayEating Taiwanese in the Bay

The Bay Area has never been known for having a robust Taiwanese restaurant scene. That’s changing, though, slowly but surely, one nostalgia-fueled portion of stinky tofu, oyster omelet and beef noodle soup at a time. This series of essays, guides and features gives you the lowdown on the Bay Area’s emerging Taiwanese food movement — and steers you toward your next great meal.

A crowded night market in Taiwan lined with brightly lit food stalls.
(Photo by stockinasia/iStock; design by Rebecca Kao)

Project Manager/Editor: Luke Tsai | Designer: Rebecca Kao | Engagement Producer: Sarah Pineda | Additional Editing: Sarah Hotchkiss, Gabe Meline, Nastia Voynovskaya | Contributors: Momo Chang, Vanessa Hua, Beth LaBerge, Felicia Liang, Grace Hwang Lynch, Thien Pham, Luke Tsai, Esmé Weijun Wang

KQED’s Ultimate Guide to Taiwanese Restaurants in the Bay

A bowl of savory soy milk, with pieces of fried cruller floating in the soy milk, pictured inside a red and blue frame that reads "Eating Taiwanese in the Bay."

Taiwanese Breakfast: One of the Bay Area’s Rarest, Most Coveted Meals

A pair of gua bao, or Taiwanese pork belly buns, on a white plate, surrounded by a red-and-blue frame that reads, "Eating Taiwanese in the Bay."

Why Silicon Valley is Still the Heart of the Bay Area’s Taiwanese Restaurant Scene

Leslie Wiser pushes a plow; the image is inside a red-and-blue frame patterned after the Taiwanese flag.

Growing Asian Produce Helped This Sonoma Farmer Connect With Her Taiwanese Heritage

A plate of cold noodles with peanut sauce inside of a red-and-blue frame that reads "Eating Taiwanese in the Bay."

How the Pandemic Brought Taiwanese Food Back to Me

Illustration of a bowl of lu rou fan, or braised pork over rice, inside a blue and red frame that reads "Eating Taiwanese in the Bay."

Searching for Lu Rou Fan

A collage of Taiwanese foods, including boba milk tea, ba-wan, and beef noodle soup, all placed inside a red-and-blue frame that reads "Eating Taiwanese in the Bay."

An Ode to Q

The Bay Area’s Taiwanese Food Scene Comes Into Its Own