As much as we were traveling around checking out hot scenic spots in Hualien, our day wasn’t all about sightseeing only actually! Our driver 陈先生 recommended and brought to a famous joint serving awesome braised pig trotters 满妹猪脚 and we chanced upon an old rustic noodle house 欣欣麵館 while we were in search of a self-service laundry shop after our day touring around.
Read on to find out more! 🙂
[Taiwan September 2012]
14 September 2012
Eating Hualien Part 1 | Hualien, Taiwan
The lunch stop planned in the itinerary by 陈先生 for us was for us to try the famous braised pig trotters in Hualien and the fact that we all love pig trotters, we went ahead with his suggestion without doubts and questions.
Man Mei Pig Trotters 满妹猪脚
Man Mei Pig Trotters is a common lunch stop for most tourists after visiting the cultural park at Lintianshan 林田山 since it is located just at the foot of the mountain.
Kudos to the simple menu, we wasted no time and made our orders and in no time, our food arrived!
I’m not exaggerating at all but this really has got to be the best braised pig trotters I ever had! Each piece of the pig trotters were braised so thoroughly that the flavors seeps right into every part of the flesh and each piece of the pig trotters were soft, tender and melt-in-the-mouth.
Aside from the braised pig trotters, we ordered a couple of vegetable dishes for our lunch too. We love the fact that the vegetable, so fresh and crunchy, are stir-fried and prepared in a simple method that gives the dishes a very homely touch to the flavors.
Seriously, if you happen to be in Hualien, you really have got to head on down to Man Mei Pig Trotters and give the food served there a try!
Xin Xin Noodles House 欣欣麵館
We were exploring the Hualien city area around our hotel after our day tour and this humble looking noodles house with endless crowding streaming in and out caught our eyes! It seems like a popular haunt for most locals so it didn’t take us too long to decide to dine in and have our dinner fixed there!
When we settled ourselves into the noodles house, we spotted the refrigerators filled with so many varieties of yummy looking side dishes that they “overflow” to line a couple of tables and we just cannot help but to grab some for ourselves.
Anyway, each plate with a reasonable portion of side dishes costs between NT 30 to NT 50 and it’s definitely great for sharing and to perk up your appetite while waiting for the rest of the orders to arrange!
There’s nothing bombastic with the ingredients used in the fried rice but it has caught our hearts entirely. Frankly speaking, tell me how not to love it when the egg and tomato sauce is coating each grain of rice so nicely and that when the plate of fried rice has this awesome homely touch to it that reminds us so much of our mom’s cooking?
This is just a simple stir-fried flat noodles with vegetables and pork slices that is very much similar to what we have at zichar 煮炒 stalls here. What’s really notable is the fragrant wok hei in the noodles. Love it! 🙂
The beef noodles was served in a big portion of noodles and tender and luscious beef chunks, definitely more than enough for one. The rich robust aroma from the bowl when it was being served to our table was so enticing that even if I didn’t try the beef noodles personally, I’m sure that it must be really good.
On a side note, although the place is packed and busy, the staffs working at Xin Xin Noodles House never fails to greet everyone and serve all their customers with a smile! So while you’re enjoying some comfort food, you get awesome service too! 🙂
Bobo 24 hour Self-Service Laundry 花蓮波波投幣式自助洗衣店
In case you are wondering, this is Bobo 24 hour Self-Service Laundry place we found near our hotel in Hualien which is diagonally across the junction from Xin Xin Noodles House. Love it that the place is opened 24 hours and it’s very very convenient for people like tourists who packed light and travels around in the day while needing to do some laundry at night! 🙂