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Best of Food @ Hualien, Taiwan

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Hualien, like every part of Taiwan, there is an abundance of food and local delights to try.  A few of the eateries have become famous and are considered “must eat” if you visit Hualien.

baozi-Gongzheng-Street-Hualien 3To 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 @ Hualien
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).

Mochi Store Hualien
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being the home of many aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, mochi is the dessert that is specific to the Amis tribe (阿美族), originally made for special occasions and festivals.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.
Tze Chiang Night Market Hualien, Taiwan. Night markets are always the best places to find local delights.

Coffin Toast @ Tze Chiang Night Market Hualien
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;

Taiwanese-spring-roll @ Tze Chiang Night Market, Hualien 12.  Taiwanese spring rolls wrapped with lots of goodies inside made continuously to meet the high demand and one portion is enough as a satisfying meal, 

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3.  No. 1 Barbecue with the fresh and perfectly barbecued items, the business is so good they encourage you to buy the barbecue sticks and barbecue it yourself at home;

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4.  Master Koh’s Seafood 高大侠海鲜, an awesome small seafood restaurant with only a few tables and a topless chef,

Tze Chiang Night Market Crispy Spare Ribs 1
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.

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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.

shrimps-white-bait @ Liyu Lake, Hualien
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.

Manmei Pork Knuckle
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.

Like this post? See my Food List in Taiwan here 🙂


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Taiwan Itinerary – Taipei & Hualien in 8 Days.

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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

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Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine : Sky Turns Red Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan.

My friend Alice recommended this authentic Taiwanese restaurant which has no English name, so I am just going to translate it as “Sky Turns Red Restaurant” ( 紅翻天).  Alice insisted that the dishes are small, so she went on an order frenzy and ordered 14 dishes for the 4 of us!!!  Being gluttons like my friends and I, we managed to eat almost everything without too much left over.  We were totally stuffed.  But honestly, for 4 people, I think 8 dishes should be more than enough.

When we were at the restaurant, it was about 90% filled with people.  Yet the dishes came out as if the chef was only cooking for 2 tables of people.   Most of the dishes were between NTD 100 to NTD 150.  The steam boat dishes which we did not  order were NTD 400.  With the speedy service and unbeatable price, I  would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of Taiwanese cuisine.  (Take note that restaurant does not accept credit card, so bring enough cash along).

Here is what we ate:

Grilled Fish.  The fish was grilled until crisp on the outside yet juicy on the inside.  The fish had minimal seasoning of salt, with white pepper and lime on the side, but that was all the fish really needed.  A little more seasoning than that would hide the true freshness of the fish.

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Food! Yongfu Fuzhou Style Fish Ball Restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan.

Gary got pretty hungary after arriving at the hotel as he didn’t eat much on the plane.  The hotel that we stayed in, Neijiang Hotel, was super convenient as it had a lot of typical, local food around (also known as 小吃).  This restaurant, Yongfu Fuzhou Style Fish Ball Restaurant, was a just a few doors away from us.  One thing I find about food in Taiwan, is that it’s always good ! Whether it is night-market street food, simple local food, casual dining or fine dining! Yongfu Restaurant of course did not contradict my finding:)

Pork Nugget Soup

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