What are the five products to watch out for in Taiwanese supermarkets?


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Prices are cheap in Taiwan, but unexpected items are sold at high prices in supermarkets.

When I actually lived in Taiwan, I found that some products were more expensive than in Japan.

I would like to give you some information that you should know in order to avoid buying something that you thought was cheap but turned out to be expensive.

So let’s see what kind of products we should be careful about!

Recommended for people like this
  • Newly arrived in Taiwan, but don’t have a good sense of prices.
  • You often go to the supermarket in Taiwan.
  • Want to save money by cooking for yourself in Taiwan.

Contents of this article
  • Which type of meat is the most expensive?
  • Is milk a luxury item in Taiwan?
  • Is cheese used in a variety of dishes expensive?
  • What are the prices of imported foods from overseas?
  • Are processed foods that can be easily prepared expensive?

I have been on a working holiday in Kaohsiung for one year since February 2020. Currently, I am writing a blog based on that experience.

By reading this post, you’ll get to know about the products to watch out for at the supermarket!


Which type of meat is the most expensive?

meat Taiwan

As it turns out, beef is the most expensive.

The reason for this is probably due to the low number of cows in Taiwan and the fact that we rely on imports for much of our food.

In some areas, people don’t eat beef, so the demand may be limited as well.

The cheapest way to buy it may be to go to Costco and buy in bulk.

The beef for the hot pot is frozen, so I used to buy and use that a lot!

Is milk a expensive item in Taiwan?

milk Taiwan

Surprisingly, milk is very expensive in Taiwan.

A liter of milk costs about 300 yen or more.

There are probably only a small number of cows in Taiwan, so milk may be very rare and valuable.

Sometimes milk that is close to its expiration date is cheaper, so take advantage of that.

On the other hand, soy milk is very cheap and I used to buy it often.

Is cheese used in a variety of dishes expensive?

cheese Taiwan

Cheese goes well with any dish, but it is also very expensive.

I think this is due to the fact that most of the products are imported and come from Europe.

However, many of them are of high quality, so they are good to buy from time to time.

What are the prices of imported foods from overseas?

export sancks

In Taiwan, there is a French supermarket called Carrefour that has a wide variety of imported foods.

Among them, European and Japanese products tend to be more expensive.

However, some of the company’s own brand products are not that expensive, so it is necessary to be discerning.

Cornflakes are a good choice because they come in large quantities and are inexpensive under their own brand! 

Are processed foods that can be easily prepared expensive?

sausage Taiwan

Processed foods such as ham and sausages are very expensive.

In Taiwan, where the culture is to eat out, many households do not have kitchens in their homes, so there is probably not much demand for food.

Many of my Taiwanese friends also eat out a lot and do not cook much.

Also, because of the time and effort required for processing, the prices are probably higher.

Extras: 3 cheap foods in Taiwan

1 Bagged noodles

instant noodles

Taiwanese bagged noodles are characterized by a wide variety of cheap and tasty products.

There are products from various manufacturers, but I recommend a manufacturer called Unification.

The beef noodle soup called Manhan Dachan from this manufacturer is very popular in Taiwan because you can enjoy the same quality as in a restaurant at home.

I bought some and was surprised at how delicious they were!

If you are in Taiwan, this is one of the products you should definitely buy.

2 Frozen dumplings

frozen dumplings

Taiwanese frozen dumplings are recommended because they are cheap and plentiful.

In particular, I recommend the yellow packaged product called “Bingbing Good Cuisine Gao Lai Cai Zhu Meat Dumpling” for its large quantity!

It comes in a 900g quantity, so it is great for long-term use.

It is sold in Carrefour, and I always buy it because it is sometimes available at a discount.

They taste great too, so they’re perfect for eating at home!

3 Green onion rice cake

I recommend the Carrefour brand蔥抓餅, which comes in a 1kg bag and is inexpensive!

I used to make蔥抓餅 at home because it was cheaper than going out to eat.

However, be careful of the calorie content since it uses oil.

I didn’t know this before, so when I gained weight, I was in a panic.

If you cook for yourself, by all means buy it!


Taiwan Taipei

  • Dairy products are expensive in supermarkets.
  • Processed foods can also be expensive depending on the product.
  • Beef is the most expensive meat.

I explained about the products to be careful in Taiwanese supermarkets!

Please stay tuned for more information on Taiwan in the future.

Thank you for reading to the end!