Restaurants

Top Choice Taiwanese in Hualien

Yuelu Restaurant

Worthy of its poetic name, Yuelu (Moon Cottage) is set in a graceful Japanese-style house tucked into a hillside 800ft above sea level. Yuelu specialises in Hakka and Taiwanese fare, which are both done to a very hi…
Top Choice Asian in Hualien

Jowu

If you have more than a day in Hualien, try to have a meal at this rustic restaurant, though you'll need to book a day in advance. The delicious chef's menu for four features seafood rolls (海鮮卷), fruit salad with gr…
Top Choice Taiwanese Indigenous in Matai'an

Cifadahan Cafe

Don't miss the food at this Matai'an institution. Run by a talented Ami artist whose indigenous-themed carvings and furniture adorn the restaurant, dishes include a 19-vegetable salad and an NT$980 hot pot (石頭火鍋; sh…
Top Choice Seafood in Taitung County

Makaira Coffee Restaurant

This modern 1st-floor fish restaurant serves a variety of top-grade local fish as sashimi (刺身) or cooked in a variety of ways. The meal sets are very generous. A two-person set (NT$1280), for example, includes sashi…
Top Choice Taiwanese in Taitung

Ming Long Vegetarian Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the humble interior: a steady stream of locals and the occasional grey-robed monk are proof that Ming Long’s speciality – wholewheat vegan wraps – are simply delicious. Watch the ladies out front …
Taiwanese in Hualien

Dou Sang

Set in a Japanese-era wood house, Dou Sang takes you back to 1950s Taiwan with simple furniture and decorations from that era, and tasty ultra-orthodox Taiwan dishes. Dou Sang is where locals take their visiting fri…
Market in Hualien

Dongdamen Night Market

For local food, head to the busy and well-regarded Dongdamen Night Market. Things to try include skewers, spring rolls, stewed spare ribs (燉排骨; dùn páigǔ), coffin cake (棺材板; guāncái bǎn; different from the Tainan ki…
Dumplings in Hualien

Laozhou Dumplings

This modest shop has been whipping out dumplings of all sorts, as well as noodles and soups, since 1975. Note that the xiǎolóngbāo (小籠包) here are not the small, round Shanghainese dumplings with thin, translucent wr…
Desserts in Hualien

Xindi Daily

From a quaint old house in an alley, family-run Xindi whips out Taiwanese shaved ice and Chinese-style desserts like sweet fermented rice soup (酒釀; jiǔniàng) based on heirloom recipes. The house gets a little stuffy…
Taiwanese in Hualien

Jiangji Salt Water Chicken

This stall is an expert at a working-class classic – salt water chicken (or duck). It uses fresh fowl and it tells. You can also find cock comb, chicken innards, and run-of-the-mill fare such as broccoli, mushrooms,…