Gourmets & Local Delicacies
Taoyuan is a multi-cultural city with Hakka, Minnan, military dependents' villages, new immigrants and indigenous cultures; do you know what the must-have cuisine and what the must-buy is in Taoyuan? Turn on your Gourmet Radar and eat all over Taoyuan!
Yangmei, Longtan, Zhongli, Xinwu, Pingjen, Daxi
Duck and Goose
Gourmet meat lovers
What to order in a Hakka restaurant? How about a plate of duck and goose? Its sweet and juicy texture without much sauce makes every bite surprising! The authentic Hakka cuisines including Pickled Cabbage Duck, Braised duck slices with wine sauce, White Cut Goose, Goose intestines with leek soup…all the dishes go very well with white rice!
Healthy and traditional yet innovative
If you don’t have big enough stomach, don’t challenge! Hakka fried shredded pork with cuttlefish, Stir-fried Pork Intestine with Shredded Ginger, Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables, and salted pork…that combine sour and salty Hakka flavors, stimulate your taste buds so much that you can’t stop eating! Followed healthy food trend, less salt and less oil is used in Hakka cuisines but instead Chinese medicine and vegetables are applied, which allows you to eat healthy and tasty!
Hakka Vegetable Bun
Fillings of traditional goodies
Hakka vegetable bun is made of sticky rice and steamed on pomelo leaves. As soon as you take a bite, you can tell the chewy texture and fresh smell from regular pork buns. The fillings are shredded radish, stir-fried pork with garlic stems, mushrooms and dried sea shrimps, which mix the fresh sweetness and the tasty saltiness. It is the must-have Hakka dish for all the festivals.
Zhongli, Pingjen, Bade
Rice noodles and vermicelli
Handmade from pure rice
The chewy slippery texture represents the handmade rice delicacy! The soup is braised with porkchop. Half-cooked eggs, sliced pork, and pork livers go very well with the soup. Vermicelli salad is the first choice of summer appetizer. Shredded carrots, bean sprouts, corianders and its sour, spicy, salty and sweet layers of sauces, makes you an unforgettable meal!
Eating cold or hot
It is not flour but jelly! The green peasemeal has special texture and when it’s topped with sesame, peanut, shredded carrot and cucumber, plus the homemade sauce, the mild spice and refreshing taste makes you hungrier! You can also have deep-fried peasemeal that makes you chew the crispy and soft double textures non-stopping!
Dayuan, Guanyin, Xinwu, Longtan, Daxi
Fresh from the ocean
Reward yourself with the quality ingredients
Being in Yongan Fish Harbor or Zhuwei Fish Harbor, you need not worry about spending money on bad stuff. Fish, shrimp, crabs or shellfish are fresh in the season! Steaming, baking, stir-frying, or grilling is as good as what you get from the fancy restaurants. Don’t forget to bring some home. All the seafood is so fresh here that you can cook like a chef easily.
Various ways to eat one fish
Visiting Shihmen Dam without trying the fish cuisines would be a shame! Grass carps, bighead carps, black carps are deep-sea fish, which are fat without many bones or fishy taste. The local restaurants have created 3 ways of cooking to hundreds, including sweet and sour, deep-fried, chilly bean sauced, fish soup, and braised! Go to the Fish Street, and you will come back with a big satisfying belly.
Peach and Persimmons
High altitude seasonal fruit
Big juicy peaches and crunchy sweet persimmons are the fruit that you must have when visiting Fuxing. Eating the fruit itself is good enough but you can also cook with them. Fruit smoothies, cakes, cocktails, tea…are amazing too. If you miss any of them, please come back next year.
Wood mushrooms and Green bamboo shoots
Aromatic, fresh and original
Scarce wood mushrooms are grown in the middle to high altitude mountains. The thick juicy mushrooms are national-level cuisine ingredients. Simple stir-frying or cooking in the soup is the trick. The green bamboo shoots have fine fiber. They are crunchy and sweet so Hakka Style Braised Bamboo Shoots, Green Bamboo Shoot Chicken Soup, and Bamboo Shoot Steamed Pork Chops will need them!
Daxi, Longtan, Taoyuan, Guishan, Luzhu, Fuxing
The traditional taste loved by everyone
Dried tofu is what you need for TV or tea! The braised dried tofu is a must-have street food in the Old Street. The dark braise is cooking the soy beans flavor out, that makes you swallow one after one. The packaged dried tofu has dozens of flavors now, which is guaranteed to satisfy every one!
Traditional handmade sweet
You can eat whole peanuts with each bite. Maltose peanut brittle is not as sweet as you thought. There are also sesame, seaweed, coriander, coconut…new flavors. The half-century traditional sweet now has more varieties.
Tea aroma spreads out in Taoyuan
Mellow and delicate high mountain oolong, fruity black tea, charming smooth pouchong and rich-colored oriental beauty, different tea delivers various feelings to tea drinkers. Would you like a cup of Taoyuan type afternoon tea? Make a cup of tea, and serve yourself with peanut brittles, nuggets or popcorn. You will fall in love with it.