Two weeks ago I asked all of my followers which products they missed from their home country, and these are the results. In the process, a lot of people gave great suggestions on where to buy these products in Taiwan. I am giving out this information for free to anyone that wants to use it as market research, or wants to know which products people are missing in Taiwan, so that someone will start importing these products to us!
Which products do you miss from your home country that you wish were sold in Taiwan? I'll go first: graham crackers, Pop Tarts, and Old Spice.
It turns out that these three products have been found in Taiwan.
Responses/ List of wanted foreign products:
Please note that the below products may already exist in some form in Taiwan, but are not exactly the same as one would find in their home country. Most of these suggestions were given by the foreign English speaking community in Taiwan.
Ackee and saltfish
Arizona green tea
Ben & Jerry's
Boerenkaas (raw milk cheese)
Breakfast Cereal* (Cheerios/Chex/Grapenut Flakes/Weetbix)
Coffee before 8am
Dark soy sauce
Deodorant* (specifcally Old Spice/Mitchum)
Entenmann's crumb cake
Florida orange juice
Fish and chips* (with cod/curry sauce)
Fried fish ball
Fried breakfast be it English, Welsh, Scottish, or Irish
Fresh coconut cream cafe
Frozen juice from concentrate
Fry's dark chocolate creams
Fry's Turkish delight
Girl Scout cookies*
Gregg's the Baker
Ham/lunch meat/deli meat*
Hard taco shells
Hint of lime tortilla chips
Jugo en polvo
Kraft crunchy peanut butter
Kohuke curd cake
Mac & Cheese
McDonald’s caramel sundae
Milk and dairy products*
Mince and Cheese pies from NZ!
Mitchum deodorant *
Montreal smoke meat sandwich
no sugar jelly
non sugary chocolate milk
Old Bay seasoning
Pancho Villa's Taqueria
Philly Cheese steaks.
Potato Chips* (various flavors mentioned in this list)
powdered sugar donuts
Salt and vinegar crisps
Salt and vinegar potato chips
Shake and bake
Siggi’s coconut based yogurt
Size 15 shoes
Steak and kidney pie
Thick beef gravy
Tuna with Vegetables
Wish Bone Italian dressing
Zatarans Cajun blackened seasoning
note: * = mentioned multiple times
Where to find these products:
Someone mentioned that I can buy Filipino M.Y. San Graham crackers from Shoppee. I did and they were pretty good, not as sweet as Honey Maid but still gets the job done.
Here are a list of other places mentioned by my followers where you can find some of these foreign products in Taiwan:
Specialty Foreign Chain Stores:
Taiwanese Chain Stores that have some Foreign products:
Various Thai, Filipino, and Indonesian shops.
Shopee 蝦皮 (https://shopee.tw/)
Please note we are not endorsed by any store or brand, we are just sharing info for free.
After reading this I headed over to City Super in Xinyi, the closest store to me that I had never been to. Sure enough they had lots of foreign products.
And they stocked Pop Tarts which I have not seen in Taiwan in years.
Also I headed over to Chilis for an authentic Mexican burrito. There are actually lots of good Mexican restaurants around if you look hard.
And I made some delicious S'mores.
I hope the above information is helpful, and hopefully it will inspire someone to start importing the above products.
If we missed anything, please leave your suggestions in the comments.
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