The city located at the Eastern side of Taiwan - Hualien is blessed with abundance of local delights. It is not hard to maneuver around Hualien city to locate the renowned eatery as most of them are located within a triangle, known as Hualien Golden Triangle, encompassing Zhongshan Road, Zhongzheng Road and Zhonghua Road.
Though travelling by foot around Hualien Golden Triangle is permissible but it is not recommended. The area appears to be small but in fact it could be time consuming if by walking around. Moreover, the scorching sun or torrential train may cause difficulty in walking around. As for us, we opted to explore around by bicycle provided by Happy House+ Homestay.
In fact, the Hualien Golden Triangle is not limited to food only but it may turn out to be a shopping heaven!
|A snapshot of the nice food in Huanlien city 先看看我们尝过的花莲美食|
|The map of Hualien city 花莲市美食地图|
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There were too much local delights to savour at the city of Hualien till we stuffed our stomach to the maximum and regretted for not spending another day at Hualien, which we could have utilised and visited Taroko National Park as well. That is why both of us really disliked hectic schedule but we just have to carry on with the existing plan. Thus upon food preying at Zi Qiang night market, we cycled like madness to the town.
We were left with no choice but to take away this Heart Tapioca Ball (50 NTD) as the shop was closing. This dessert best eaten at the shop because the silky smooth cooling shaved ice with jelly actually comes with separate bowl of warm tapioca balls. The warm and cold sensation appear to contradict each other initially but once you stuff them in the mouth, it complemented each other well.
The shaved ice was not plain in taste as it was coalesced with caramel, giving it a punch of sweet taste in every scoop of it but not overwhelming. As we take away the dessert, we have to stand by the roadside to savour it by manually adding one piece of tapioca ball to every scoop of the shaved ice. It was an entire different experience then!
No. 163, Bo'ai St, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 833 3238
We then ventured into this Justice Bao (Bun) shop at about 12:30am. It was about to close then and no more buns for us! Thus we ordered fresh milk tea and red soybean tea (total 65 NTD) and told the boss we would come back tomorrow morning for the buns. Fresh milk tea was very milky while we never come across red soybean tea prior this. The tea scent has masked the soybean and we barely could taste the presence of the soybean.
We came back next morning for the xiao long bao (5 NTD) each and sui jiao (30 NTD for 10). Nothing to excite about the xiao long bao while the fried sui jiao was doing ok.
Look at the tower of steamed bun in preparation and the stacking of buns. No jokes! How many people would it take to finish all the buns here? The business must be overwhelming.
No. 199-2, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 834 2933
The neighbouring shop - Zhou Family bun appears to be a popular spot for supper as well. During the short time we were there standing to finish the red soybean tea and fresh milk tea, what we observed was people keep moving into the shop. Our stomach was full then otherwise we could have ticked it from our list.
We cycled into an alley from Zhonghua Road to locate this "Red tea at temple entrance". It was named such a way as the shop was directly located opposite a temple. What an easy and catchy name. The iconic temple opposite the eatery makes it easy to locate it.
Sit down and take a chit of order sheet and place your order. Their serving speed is pretty fast and the concern should be on getting a place to sit.
We immediately fall in love with their signature red tea (15 NTD). Though we ordered the cold version due to sweating after cycling, the red tea smell could still be vividly tasted. We should have ordered a big one to quench our thirst instead.
The bacon egg cake (30 NTD) comes with soft skin wrapping the bacon and egg. Dipping it into the soy sauce enhanced the taste greatly, and few pieces was just enough to cover the lining of our stomach.
The peanut soup (30 NTD) is slanted toward the salty side. Okay for us even though the conventional we had used to be sweet.
No. 218, Chenggong St, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 832 3846
We strongly recommend this Bubble Ice Store at Zhonghua road. It is by far one of the best shaved ice we have ever tried. Shaved ice could be a very challenging dessert as the smoothness of shaved ice, quality of the ingredients, it condiments and appearance will mark the difference of the shaved ice. The shaved ice here just hit the bullseye of all the above!
We went for mango milk shaved ice (150 NTD) and were totally impressed by it. The size of the serving was big and 2 of us could barely finish it. All the shaved ice were covered by a lot of mango cubes till we barely could see the presence of shaved ice. The mangoes were naturally sweet and best of the quality. As the milk ice run through the mangoes it even furthered enhanced the taste.
Not to missed out the shaved ice quality. It was perfectly smooth and in the shape of snowflakes, having possessed no ice crystals at all. It could just melt the moment when we put them into the mouth. However due to rushing time, both of us tried to finish this dessert as soon as possible and that even took us 20 minutes!
No. 66, Zhonghua Rd, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 834 6179
Hualien is well known for bian shi, which is another name to address wonton in northern states of China. There are many eateries offering bian shi in Hualien and we simply follow the recommendation from the lady at our homestay, went to Hualien Xiang.
We ordered a mix wonton soup (85 NTD). The wonton is slightly larger in size and wrapped with a thin skin. The soup was nice as well.
We also ordered meat dumplings (85 NTD) , which the name was red oil fries hand. The dumpling was immersed in a bed of long bean sprouts to the extent that we mistaken it as noodles. Vinegar and chilli oil were added to spice it up. There were options to add noodles with the dumplings which make it a proper meal to satiate the hunger.
No. 347-1, Section 1, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
+886 3 833 6166
大概10.30am - 9.30pm
Web link here.
A variety of dishes is offered and we can just take it from the display cabinet.
The noodles seemed special and tea is provided complimentary. One great thing I realised in Taiwan eatery is that drinks are not compulsory and some may even offer it complimentary.
This marks an end to our food journey an Hualien. We missed to try the famous yellow or blue truck fried onion pancake due to limited time. Other than that, Hualien is a city which offers you a variety of souvenirs to be brought back which we will make a summary on another post.
Here is a glimpse on how the city looks like. 这是部分花莲市的照片。
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