Jiufen (九份) is an old township on the mountains that was once a small settlement that developed into a township as a result of gold rush. During the early days, the inhabitants would descend the mountain to purchase their daily necessities like food, salt etc; a to and fro journey that would take three days. Continue reading
It’s a mad house at the Aquatic Addiction Development Japanese Restaurant (上引水产) in Taipei. Waiters are almost always walking on a small jog and patrons are always standing whether they are queuing up for a table, or eating. Yes, eating. We stood and ate gourmet Japanese food in an atmospheric set-up. Continue reading
Shilin Night Market is indisputably the most famous night market in Taiwan. Not only tourists, but locals too flock here for a vibrant night filled with superb food, dazzling clothes and amusing games. There are two sections to the market; one section is housed in the Shilin Market Building, while the other section is on the open streets. At Shilin Night Market, traditional and classic foods are showcased you’ll be able to get a gist of Taiwanese Street Food at a glance. Let’s start off with things to eat at the Shilin Market Building first ! Continue reading
To start off, Gongzheng Street (公正街) in Hualien City would be a good place to begin the food trail. At the beginning of the street is Gongzheng baozi (公正包子), aka xiaolongbao 小籠包 or meat buns. These baozi are a little different to my impression of the Shanghainese counterpart. It’s a tougher version of xiaolongbao; thicker but with fluffy skin and every bite is filled with plenty of juicy meat filling. The store opens 24 hours, satisfying hungry souls any time.
Address: No. 199-2 Zhongshan Road, Hualien City, Taiwan. Opens 24 hours. 花蓮市中山路100-2號
Yixin Bubble Ice (一心泡泡冰) with its smoother-than-slurpee texture and a multitude of flavors to choose from, it’s is a summer delight. My personal favorite flavor is the black sour plum, unique with a sweet and sour taste.
Address: No. 16 Zhonghua Road, Hualien City, Taiwan. 花蓮市中華路16號. (In the vicinity of Gongzheng Street).
Hualien being the home of many aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, mochi is the dessert that is specific to the Amis tribe (阿美族), originally made for special occasions and festivals. Today it has evolved into one of Hualien’s most popular souvenirs to bring home. There is Tzen Ji mochi in the vicinity of Gongzheng Street, and Amei Mochi in the Hualien train station as well.
Address: No. 161 Zhonghua Road, Hualien City, Taiwan. 花蓮市中華路161號.
Night markets are always the best places to find local delights.
In Tze Chiang Night Market (I) 自强夜市 of Hualien, expect to find 1. Chiang Family’s Hualien Style Coffin Toast (棺財板) that may sound scary but in fact it really is a kind of deep fried sandwich with your choice of filling;
and other snacks like the “babu” ice cream, Taiwanese sausage, polo buns, fried pork ribs, fresh juices and of course, the national drink, the bubble tea! Thought Tze Chiang Night Market (II) is not as big as the famous Shilin Night Market in Taipei, but it will still take a good 2-3 meals to sample all the food.
Address: At the intersection of Tze Chiang Road and Heping Road, Hualien City.
Moving away from Hialien City, live jumping shrimps are a delicacy commonly found alongside of Liyu Lake. It may sound a bit cruel, but eating the heavily seasoned shrimps is quite an experience. Salty, garlic-y crustacean shells with a bit of sweetness and fishy smell.
There is also the cooked version available if you don’t like it raw. The shrimps are deep-fried till crunchy with appetizing red shells. Mix it with white bait to get the best of both worlds.
Address: No.100, Huantan N. Rd., Shoufeng Township, Hualien County 974, Taiwan. http://www.erv-nsa.gov.tw/user/article.aspx?Lang=2&SNo=03000108
In the Fonglin Township, tourists flock to eat Manmei Pork Knuckle (满妹猪脚) by the bus-load. In the business for the past 43 years, the tender and melt-in-your-mouth pork knuckles are highly praised by both tourists and locals.
Address: No. 10, Wànsēn Road, Fonglin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 975
Tel: +886 3 875 1298
Well, that’s pretty much all the good food that I have covered in my 3 days of stay in Hualien! There’s still a few things that I didn’t get to try, but that will have be next time.
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Taipei is the top destination to travel to Taiwan. It is easy to go around in Taipei with the MRT, exploring the splendor of the city. For a different kind of experience, it is also worthwhile to travel Hualien, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The itinerary covers tourist attractions, places to eat, accommodation in Taipei & Hualien and a pre-wedding photo shoot.
Day 1 – Arrival
This chocolate drink from Godiva is truly heavenly! When you take the first sip of chocolixir, the icy richness of the chocolates melts in your mouth, leaving small bits of chocolates lingering on your tongue, giving this elixir a multi-layered tasting experience. While waiting for your flight, try this at Terminal 1, Taoyuen International Airport.
On my last day in Taiwan, I woke up early to meet up with my friend for breakfast near Taipei Main Station. We ate pan-fried buns( sui jian bao 水煎包) at Old Tsai’s (老蔡水煎包). Compared to the white meat buns, these buns are slightly oilier and crispier on the outside with a yellowish tint as a result of being pan-fried. The bottom of the buns is pan-fried till lightly browned and it’s a popular breakfast choice in Taiwan.
Pan-Fried Pork Buns With White Cabbage and Green Bean Noodles (高麗菜口味水煎包).
Along the busy Gongzheng Street (公正街), there were plenty of good and must-try local delights, including the famous Xiaolongbao (小籠包) or steamed meat buns also known as Gongzheng Baozi (公正包子) .
These xiaolongbao are slightly Continue reading
Whale & dolphin watching had always been on my list of to-do things. I went on whale/dolphin tour with a few friends in Auckland previously but was unsuccessful so I decided to try again in Hualien. After seeing beautiful pictures from other blogs (see end of posts), I was even more excited.
We took the package Continue reading
Number One Barbecue (第一家烤肉串）is very popular in Tze Chiang Night Market. It is always full of people and you need to take a queue number to wait for your barbecue to be ready.
There is lots of Continue reading