Cheap eats in Taipei: Where to eat under NT$100

Dear Taipei,

Want to know the secret to where to find cheap eats in Taipei for under NT$100? All you have to do is eat like a uni student!

Back in the glory days when I was student at the Chinese Language Division (CLD) at NTU, I made a lofty goal to eat at every local eatery located in the immediate vicinity of my school.

So almost every day, after three hours of intense language study,
I’d reward myself by devouring savouring a “canteen”-style meal at the diners just minutes away from my school and Technology Building MRT Station.

Noodles. Dumplings. BBQ meats. Fried Rice. Braised Pork.

They’re all there, and all for NT$100 or less.

Cheap eats in Taipei

So where is this fantastical land of cheap eats, and what should you order?

All the details about where you should go, what you should eat, and how to get there are all detailed in my recent article for Travelog:

Taipei Cheap Eats: 5 Meals Under TWD$100.

To get you salivating, here are some pics I took of each meal I wrote about. I hope it gives you a better idea of what to expect (or rather, anticipate!)

Yi Sang 伊桑

BBQ meat from Yi Sang, Taipei

Yep, you can eat all this for only $80

Yi Sang restaurant, Taipei

The chef at Yi Sang buisly cooking BBQ meats to perfection

Where is Yi Sang?

No. 73, Section 2, Alley 2, Lane 118, Heping E Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
和平東路二段118巷2弄73號 (辛亥路), Taipei

Lu Rou Fan (滷肉飯 )Milkfish House 虱目魚之家

Lu Rou Ran at Milkfish House, Taipei

Braised Pork Rice. It’s as healthy as it looks!

Where is Milkfish House?

No. 116, Section 2, Heping E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Dumplings(水餃)at Da Ji Dumplings 大李水餃

Dumplings from Da Ji Dumplings, Taipei

You can find all sorts of dumplings from Da Ji Dumplings

Where is Da Ji Dumplings?

No. 35, Section 2, Alley 54, Lane 118, Heping E Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Fried Rice (炒飯) at Hakka Bantiao Noodles 客家粄條


Prawn Fried Rice. All the fried rice varieties at Hakka Bantiao Noodles are just $100!

Where is Hakka Bantiao Noodles?

No. 46, Section 2, Alley 2, Lane 118, Heping E Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Noodles and Wontons at Mazu Noodle House 馬祖麵館

Mazu Noodle House Noodles and wontons

Insanely delicious noodles paired with giant wontons (Photo credit)

Mazu Noodle House, Taipei

My fave dish at Mazu Noodle House is the third one from the right

Where is Mazu Noodle House?

No. 49, Section 2, Alley 2, Lane 118, Heping E Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Easiest way to get to all these cheap eats

As I wrote in my article:

All these restaurants are closest to Technology Building MRT. Turn left and walk south out of the only station exit until you reach the first major intersection: Heping East Road and Fuxing South Road. Cross both those roads to the southwest corner; the alleyways there include Lane 118 and Alleys 2 and 54.

So there you have it, 5 more meals you can add to your “cheap eats in Taipei” list.

Where’s your fave place to eat cheap in Taipei? Let me know in the comments below!

Remember you can read all the details of the dishes above by reading my full article here.

Happy munching!



  1. Really interesting post! I study chinese and my boyfriend goes to Tapei for worl, so it’s really useful for me! Would you like to follow each other?:)


    1. Hi Guilia!

      Thanks for reaching out:) Glad you liked the post! That’s awesome you’re studying Chinese, I hope you aren’t finding it too tricky. Definitely a language the takes a while to get the hang of (I’m still trying to!). Sure, that sounds great!


  2. This guide is exactly what I needed! I’m moving to Taipei at the beginning of October and I will be a broke student, which means a list of places where I can find food for cheap will definitely come in handy! 😀


    1. Hi theglobeater!

      That’s so good to hear! I’m glad you can make use of it soon! You must be so excited to move here. I’m sure it’ll be a great decision for you:) Taipei is such a magical city! Will you be studying Mandarin or something else?

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      1. Thank you so much for the encouragement and yes I couldn’t be more excited to come to Taiwan! It must really be a breathtaking country, plus I’ve always been told food is the best over there! I will be studying Mandarin 🙂


      2. No problem! Let me know if you’ve got any questions etc! The food really is incredible, so it’s a fantastic welcome when you arrive 😀

        That’s awesome you’re coming to learn Mandarin! Not sure if you’ve studied before, but if it’s your first time don’t worry as the schools are great. Of course, it depends on your teacher and classmates, but most people have a great impression of the schools!. I wrote some entries about my schooling experiences here, if you want to get a bit of an insight (and laugh)!
        Anyway, feel free to comment anytime if anything else pops up!


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