Frankly speaking, I guess the food around Hualien is just simply fantastic such that we had a great time enjoying our food even though the main purpose was to refuel our bodies to see enough of Hualien.
The day before, we had this very tasty braised pig trotters and stumbled upon an old noodles house by chance while searching for a laundry shop. And so without doubts, we found more fabulous food around Hualien city on our own that’s definitely worth the mention!
[Taiwan September 2012]
15 September 2012
EATING HUALIEN PART 2 | Hualien, Taiwan
We heard about from our driver/guide 陈先生 and the hotel receptionist about the assorted braised items from a store located just a stone throw from the hotel we’re lodging at on Datong Street 大同街. We felt that we have to make it a point to give a try and judge for ourselves and so we woke up early on the morning of our second day in Hualien and checked out the place!
Aunty’s Authentic Taste 阿嬤ㄟ古早味
While sandwiches or egg crepes pairing with soy bean milk or a cup of milk tea is a common breakfast affair in Taiwan, it is really not very easy to find somewhere serving such filling and savory choices so early in the morning.
We ordered three different choices of noodles off the menu to share and they costed us an average of only NT 40 for each bowl! Although they looked no different from most noodles we had in Taiwan, I have to say it just tasted so homely to us especially after being served so sincerely by the lady behind the store herself! It feels like our mom serving us our breakfast! 🙂
This is what everybody is telling us about, a platter of assorted braised items!
The platter is basically made up whatever we chose, like beancurds, pig intestines, radish and so on, served with a thick gravy and a topping of ginger and coriander! All I can say that it’s absolutely sinful to be savoring this awesome platter for breakfast! =P
And since we hardly have goose meat stalls in Singapore, we decided to kill the curiosity give it a try over dinner on our second day!
Seeing that we are tourists and struggling with the menu, the store attendant very helpfully came over to help recommend some dishes to us and even treated us to a plate of goose wings for starters! How nice of them!
And so, here’s what we had after the recommendations!
This was seriously an eye-opening and unique dish of water-boiled squids, served chilled with wasabi and soy sauce. I was amused that it somewhat resembles a typical Japanese sashimi with the combination like this and it was really so refreshing.
In short, I never expect that I will ever be served with a dish like this in a local eatery.
No doubt, the skin is crispy and crunchy but it was served mixed with a large amount of chopped garlic and coriander that makes the garlic flavors too intense that it became a little too pungent to accept. And because of that, even if it was kind of appetizing, this dish had a hard time getting the liking among the four of us.
Although this sounds and looks so much more challenging that the previous dish, this was so much easier to accept in terms of taste! Aside from the flaky texture of the fried fish roe, it actually tasted quite similar to pan-fried fish and because it is so fresh, there’s no fishy taste at all! 🙂
You can find braised minced pork rice in the menu in almost every eatery in Taiwan and I have to say that every eatery has their very own tastes and style for this local delicacy. The braised minced pork rice served here is good but it wasn’t my favourite to my palate’s preferences… 🙂
The usual farm-grown vegetables are usually very juicy yet crunchy but wild vegetables tends to be a little dry and tougher in texture. Other than that, it was a great serving of greens to us!
And yes, finally the star of the dinner is up! Our platter of goose meat is served!
I thought goose meat tasted pretty similar to those of the duck. And we also learned that if we are to pick a portion of the goose to order, we should go for the breast area. The goose drum stick or leg is generally more muscular and way tougher as compared to those of ducks or chickens, the breast meat area is softer and much more tender.
And with that, that’s our dinner at Mr Goose’s! It’s an educational, eye-opening experience for us, don’t you think so? 🙂
Just in case if you’re wondering, we were always too stuffed for the night markets in Hualien that’s why I am not covering anything about our experience at the night markets like Nanbin Night Market 南濱夜市 or ZhiQiang Night Market 自强夜市…
After our two days in Hualien, we moved on to explore Taroko National Park!
Look out for the next upcoming post! 🙂