Dining is a huge part of a traveling experience, especially when traveling to a place with a totally different cuisine. Eating and drinking in Hualien is then a huge part of traveling to the east coast of Taiwan, what with their delectable fresh seafood items, wontons and mochi balls.
Wontons are famous throughout Taiwan and Hualien is known to make the tastiest wontons around. This traditional specialty has a long history where many old local restaurants serve the wontons as their best sellers. The tastiest dumplings have a mixture of pork and shrimp with the thickest soup broth to go with them. When in Hualien, it is then recommended to have a bowl of wonton soup noodles called ‘bianshi’ to seal your trip.
Muaji is a famous Hualien desert that is also known as mochi in other places. Muaji is a sticky and chewy dessert snack that is made of glutinous rice and sweet stuffing. The most common flavors include peanut, red bean and green tea but many restaurants have dared to try more exotic flavors such as strawberry to excite the palette. These yummy treats are widely found around Hualien city most especially in souvenir stores as they make perfect items to take home to family and friends.
One of Hualien’s early local specialties includes the sweet potatoes that are grown by local farms. Although sweet potatoes are prevalent in South East Asian countries, no other place does sweet potatoes as much justice as Hualien does. The sweet potatoes are initially mashed and then baked to bring out their flavors. In recent years, sweet potatoes were also mixed with flour and other secret ingredients for an enhanced taste and pleasant appearance. Even better, sweet potatoes are a healthy kind of snack that represents the Hualien County fare.
There is no doubt that driving across the Hualien County will bring you endless green fields of watermelon farms. Watermelons are the country’s favorite summer fruit and luckily Hualien has tons of them. The Hualien environment and climate makes it not only a great place to grow these tropical fruits but also a great place to sample and devour in them as well. In addition to watermelons, peaches and pears are abundant in Hualien, so make sure to get your share of delicious tropical fruits.
When it comes to eating and drinking in Taiwan, the different night markets all over the country are the best places to sample the yummiest, tastiest and most delectable food items around. The Nanbin Night Market is the biggest night market in Hualien that is located near the seashore. It then comes to no surprise that many of the night market’s specialties revolve around fresh seafood items. In addition, salt and pepper chicken, stinky tofu, meat balls, grilled corn, hot pot, sausages and steaks are other snacks that are oh-so-appetizingly seen in the night market.
It seems like the vast scenery is not all that is offered by the east coast of Taiwan as eating and drinking in Hualien proposes an exceptionally unforgettable experience as well. Make sure to taste these delectable food items to make your east coast Taiwan trip a memorable one.