Apr 21, 2010

The Asia Trip: 7-Eleven Taiwan

7-Eleven Taiwan at Taipei Main Station
While I was in Taiwan, I came across many a 7-Eleven so I thought I'd point out some interesting differences in the food served there.

First off, unlike Japan, you can still get Slurpies in Taiwan. That's right the Japanese get gyped! No Slurpies! How do they live?!
7-Eleven Taiwan Tea Eggs and Hot Dogs
Second, hot dogs are quite popular.  When I went to the the night markets, they had huge (like over a foot long!  See below.) sausages and corn dogs as well, all cooked right in front of you in little stalls.  The ones at 7-Eleven are more normal though.  If you look closely, you'll see that Lebron endorses hot dogs in Taiwan.  To the left of that is a big slow cooker full of tea eggs (basically flavored hard-boiled eggs; they're cheap and a fairly healthy snack).
Sausages at Shilin Night Market
Another difference is some 7-Elevens (like the first image) have heated steam trays fulled of dim-sum-type items like steamed BBQ buns and shu mai.

But beyond some carrying some local heated foods stuff popular among the Taiwanese, it's pretty much the same convenience store concept as any other 7-Eleven.  No nachos though. Sad, I know.


  1. I don't think that Mexican is too popular but you can get lunch boxes and rice balls too at 7-11

  2. Yeah, Mexican food doesn't seem to be popular at all in Asia or even Australia it seems.

  3. My mom was all about the oden on our Taiwan trip (the various fish balls and veggie wraps in broth). She had it several times! Taiwanese 7-Elevens are the best, there are so many food options. I like the Japanese rice triangles and how they wrap the seaweed separately so they don't get soggy.

    What I found to be very notable is how 7-Eleven is taking on Starbucks in Taipei. 7-Eleven's City Cafe line has real baristas making fresh espresso drinks for half of what it would cost at Starbucks. I tried it and it was just as delicious.

    I also love their rewards programs. It's different every time but in March, for every NT$30 you spend you get a stamp. Once you have 20 or so stamps you can trade for a plush Paddington Bear. Unfortunately I didn't collect enough stamps before I came home. Boo.

  4. I didn't drink much coffee in Taiwan beyond 85 degrees. I heard that Dante's was pretty good but I didn't try it.

    I think my friend tried the same thing with the stamps when she went to Taiwan.

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