We stayed only one night in Taichung and so we didn’t have much time to discover Taichung restaurants. However, we luckily found a good restaurant near our hotel.
The food was nice and the people were super friendly. If we go back to Taichung we would love to visit the same restaurant. I’d like to share the information about our “favourite” restaurant in Taichung. We only went there once, but we tried 5 different things!
- Signature noodles with spicy pork sauce (NT for small size)：招牌醤拌麵Zhāopái jiàng bàn miàn
- Stewed pork rice (NT for small size): 梅乾肉蓋飯Méi gān ròu gài fàn
- Homemade dumplings with spicy sauce (NT): 紅油抄手Hóng yóu chāoshǒu
- Soup of Tofu skin and vegetables (NT): 青菜豆包湯Qīngcài dòubāo tāng
- Deep-fried fish cake (NT): 甜不辣Tián bù là
The restaurant was located between Taichung station and the hotel we stayed in. There were a few restaurants on the street and they looked like one of the busiest.
They had English and Japanese menus. They will give you a sheet to complete to order. You need to write the number into the checkbox on the sheet and pass it to them.
The guy could speak a little English and he explained their recommended dishes. There were also some photos of their signature food on the wall.
Signature noodles with spicy pork sauce (NT for small size)：招牌醤拌麵Zhāopái jiàng bàn miàn
We had one of their recommendations; Boiled wheat noodles with a spicy peanut sauce and minced pork.
The sauce was thick and sweet, a little spicy. The noodles were flat noodles. We needed to stir the noodles with the sauce. Sometimes, they say “dry noodles” in English, meaning “without soup” (and not stir-fried either).
Stewed pork rice (NT for small size): 梅乾肉蓋飯Méi gān ròu gài fàn
This was also one of their most popular dishes. It was a bowl of rice topped with tenderly stewed pork and picked vegetables. It comes with a half egg which was beautifully simmered with sweet soy sauce.
The pork had a layer of red meat and white fat, which gave the tenderness and melting texture to the pork after-hours of boiling.
Homemade dumplings with spicy sauce (NT): 紅油抄手Hóng yóu chāoshǒu
Their dumplings were almost like wontons, which were garlicky pork and vegetables wrapped with thin smooth skin. They were boiled and then a spicy oil was added, then served on boiled lettuce and bean sprouts.
Soup of Tofu skin and vegetables (NT): 青菜豆包湯Qīngcài dòubāo tāng
The tofu skin seemed to have been folded and deep-fried. It tasted delicious after absorbing the broth. I ordered this soup because we wanted to have some vegetables. They also had simply boiled vegetables.
Deep-fried fish cake (NT): 甜不辣Tián bù là
This is one of their side dishes; freshly deep-fried fish cake tossed with spring onion. They had a few side dishes which went well with beer. Canned Taiwan Beer Classic was available in the restaurant.