Taiwan is a snacking country, and the California-based subscription service Taiwan Treat, which launched last fall, hopes to help people discover the world of Taiwanese snacks through its snack boxes.
There’s quite a variety of textures in the snacks offered: from the fruit jellies (not too dissimilar to jello but firmer, and in flavors like mango or lychee) to the beloved Q—a bouncy and chewy texture found in items like iron eggs. These eggs, a specialty from the Tamsui District of Taipei, are quail eggs that are repeatedly cooked in a mix of spices and then air-dried until they become dark brown on the outside, with a savory sweet flavor, and very chewy.
Other treats might include pineapple cake—the crumbly snack that is often the ubiquitous gift of choice for family or friends back home; or light, airy, puffed sweets; or chips in a oyster omelet flavor (a snacky take on another street food).
It’s a fun exploration for those not familiar with the snacks of Taiwan. And for those who grew up with Taiwanese snacks, it’ll surely induce bouts of nostalgia.
Selections change from month to month. Subscribers can choose between a small box of at least seven items ($14), or the “original box,” which includes about 17 ($25). For more information, see taiwantreat.com