My must-try traditional foods in Taiwan: Eileen

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Canadian YouTuber, Eileen Aldis sold all her belongings in 2017 and embarked on an adventure around the world. In her three years as a globe-trotter, Eileen has not only visited Finland and Norway, but also spent some time in Taiwan.

A self-proclaimed foodie, Eileen loves the traditional foods recommended by friends in Taiwan. Certified by Eileen, the best traditional dishes in Taiwan will be introduced to you in this issue of Discover Taiwan.

Liu’s Hot Pot, Kaohsiung

Liu’s Hot Pot, Kaohsiung (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

Liu’s Hot Pot in Zuoying, Kaohsiung stands apart from other restaurants in its insistence in using traditional methods. Best known for its copper hot pots, Liu’s adds salted cold fermented green cabbage that are made in-house into the broth, bringing many different flavors into the dish.

Aside from its hot pot, Eileen is also a big fan of “dragon whiskers”. Eileen immediately fell in love with its crisp taste and funny name, claiming it to be the best named vegetable in Taiwan.

Eileen is also a big fan of “dragon whiskers”. She immediately fell in love with its crisp taste and funny name, claiming it to be the best named vegetable in Taiwan. (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

Information

Tel: (07) 582-3050 / (07) 581-6633
Main store: No. 9, Jieshou Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, 813
Opening Hours:
Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m. ~ 10:30 p.m.

Du Xiao Yuei, Tainan

Du Xiao Yuei, Tainan (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

When visiting Tainan, one can never miss the opportunity to taste traditional Taiwanese cuisines. One of Tainan’s most famous local delicacies is Zhongzheng District’s Du Xiao Yuei Danzi Noodles.

Eileen’s love for the noodles induced her to find out the history behind “Du Xiao Yuei”. Created by a fisherman in 1895, the noodles were a way for him to make money during typhoons when fishing was difficult, hence the name “Du Xiao Yuei” (literal meaning: living through the bad months).

The fisherman carried the noodles on a pole and sold them to get through the hard times. Danzi noodles are seasoned with special minced pork, shrimp, vinegar sauce, and prawn soup. With just one bite, the Danzi noodles won over Eileen’s stomach and heart.

Danzi noodles are seasoned with special minced pork, shrimp, vinegar sauce, and prawn soup. (Photo/Eileen Aldis)
One of Tainan’s most famous local delicacies is Zhongzheng District’s Du Xiao Yuei Danzi Noodles. (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

Information

Address: No. 16, Zhongzheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. ~ 9:30 p.m.
Tel: 06 223 1744

Takumi Dumplings, Taipei

When traveling in Taiwan, Eileen discovered that no matter where she went, there was always a delicious dumpling shop just around the corner. (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

When traveling in Taiwan, Eileen discovered that no matter where she went, there was always a delicious dumpling shop just around the corner, making them one of dishes she eats most often. Eileen especially loves “Takumi Dumplings” in Taipei.

Among the three types of dumplings, Eileen’s favorite is the green scallop ones. The pastry is made of green algae and is filled with cabbage, pork, and a whole dried scallop. The hand-made dumplings not only made a lasting impression on Eileen but also concluded her wonderful trip in Taiwan.

The pastry is made of green algae and is filled with cabbage, pork, and a whole dried scallop. (Photo/Eileen Aldis)

Information

Address:No. 6, Sec. 2, Jinan Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. ~ 9 p.m. (Not open on Sundays)

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