Taiwan is a country nestled in the heart of Asia, its captivating scenery give both travelers and residence food for their minds. However this island nation is known for its realistic cuisines rather than the cuisines which are fed to the soul. After you have engulfed yourself in the culture you will discover that this island have many delicious cuisines to offer. 
The food in my opinion, no matter the dish one chooses to order provides a balance source of nutrients. An appropriate example of this is a regular lunchbox which can be purchased every other block or so. I usually order two pieces of meat along with three sets of vegetables. If given the choice I would prefer to select only the meat for I am a carnivore at heart.   However after you have experienced the tantalizing taste of the vegetables offered no persuasion is required and one would readily include a set or two or in my case three sets of vegetables to complete the meal. No matter the time of day be it breakfast, lunch or supper all the food are well prepared and served in a timely fashion. What I have come to appreciate in this country that I have not come across in other countries I have visited is one location where all the different food can be found. This is area is known as the night market. Looking at the history and experiencing the night markets on several occasions I have learnt that each is able to give you a different perspective of the people which live in the area. Since each night market has its own traditions and characteristics which are derived from the people of that area. So through food one may also get a cultural lesson of the local Taiwanese people.
Ah! The downside of Taiwanese food, good is always said to exist in the presence of evil. This is quite apparent in eyes and in the stomach of foreigners when they have tasted their share of the local cuisines and snacks. The tofu has a nasty stigma towards it and before casting an unfair judgment or making false accusations it is essential to note that, tofu is not tofu is not tofu. This means that before we stereotype this dish, we must acknowledge that there are many types of tofu. In all honesty I myself had a prejudice towards tofu, not just the well known and criticized “stinky tofu” as it is more commonly called. This was due to my lack of exposure and my first impression of it was based on the experienced of not only a foreigner but a Taiwanese as well. It might sound strange that a Taiwanese gave me a bad impression of the stinky tofu, you would feel that only a foreigner like myself would give the tofu a bad name but this was how it happened. I posed a similar question to him with respect to the best and worst tasting foods in Taiwan, his immediate response without informing me of the best tasting foods like the beef roll and the sweet bread was, “Tofu that is the worst it smells and taste just as bad.” My you he did not specify which type, so for two weeks I avoid all forms of tofu. It was not until I took the trip to the night market with my Taiwanese friend was I enlightened. He told that as foreigner I would not like the stinky tofu but remember at this point I had not actually come across the dreaded stinky tofu only saw other versions of tofu. I decided to try it figure out why it was like by so few. Did not like it but was not because of its stench but rather it was too spicy. Would love to try a version without the spice but would be unfair to the dish, would not do it justice. Personally I feel it would be like eating a vegetarian dish with pieces of chicken inside, just not the same. This is my brief synopsis of my ideas in relation to the pros and cons of Taiwanese food.