Food stalls sprawl the Wenhua Road Night Market in Chiayi (嘉义文化路夜市) over a distance of about 500 meters. It may not be big on scale compared to some of the famous ones such as Shilin Night Market or Raohe Night Market, it offers a different variety of local street food. Continue reading
Our trip to Hua Hin definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s a small beach town with a little of everything to keep everyone happy – outlet shopping for the shopaholic, cave hopping for the adventurous, royal palaces / temples for the cultural buffs, theme parks / farms for the family oriented and of course the beach for the beach bums! Continue reading
Hua Hin isn’t a very big town but within it there are at least 5 night markets, namely Chat Chai Night Market, Chatsila Night Market, Cicada Market, Grand Night Market and a smaller anonymous market that is tucked away in the small lanes opposite the Colonnade Mall. Continue reading
The Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街) is the most vibrant at night, hidden in alleys behind tall corporate buildings. The street is a foodie’s paradise that features all sorts of local delights, providing a quick sampler of everything, whether it’s only for a quick bite or a proper meal. 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being the home of many aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, mochi is the dessert that is specific to the Amis tribe (阿美族), originally made for special occasions and festivals.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
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
After our tiring day cycling through the Taroko National Park, we went back to City Corner to freshen up a bit and went to Nanbin Night Market (南濱夜市) for dinner. In my understanding, “night markets” are usually associated with lots of food. But Nanbin night market has more entertainment than food. Gary and I walked around for a while and discovered familiar games which I played during my childhood years in Taiwan.
Balloon Darting Game. You get 15 darts for NTD50. The prize you get depends on how many balloons you burst.
Hooping game where Continue reading
How can I not go to a night market for food when I am in Taiwan? Although I didn’t get a chance to go to night markets in Taipei, but I did manage to go to Tze Chiang Night Market in Hualien. It’s on a smaller scale compared to the night markets in Taipei, but you will get most of the popular Taiwanese street food here. More over, you will find some local delights only available in Hualien. Continue reading