【 Hualien】Hualien City Area Must-Eat Food
Besides checking out the beautiful scenery of Hualien, another important aspect of a Hualien trip is the food!!! This post I have put together a list of must-try food at the Hualien City area. If you happen to visit Hualien, be sure to give the following a try!!!
Mr. Goose (鵝肉先生)
Address: No. 259, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien City
Hours: 11:00 – 00:30
When you come to Mr. Goose, of course, you need to order some goose meat. Here you can choose between front of back meat. The back goose meat is more fatty, and it is what I ordered since I love to have a bit of fat in my food. Mr.goose preserved the original flavor of the goose, and the meat is very fresh and tender. You can eat the goose along with the ginger and house-made sauce. They will bring out even more of the goose’s sweetness. Overall, it is fatty but doesn’t get too heavy. Also I highly recommend their underwater soup (intestine soup)! They added ginger and celery to make the soup very sweet.
Original Lao Pai Scallion Pancake With Deep Fried Egg (Yellow car) 正老牌炸蛋蔥油餅(黃車)
Address: No. 102, Fuxing St, Hualien City
Hours: 13:00 – 19:00
Lao Dian Scallion Pancake With Deep Fried Egg (Blue car) 老店炸蛋蔥油餅(藍車)
Address: No. 102-2, Fuxing St, Hualien City
Hours: 13:00 – 19:00
Hualian’s scallion pancake with deep fried egg is quite popular. There are 2 sellers on the same street (blue and yellow cart), and they both have their own advocates.
Therefore, I decided to try both. I ordered my egg half cooked for both of the carts. Both of them were crispy, chewy, and delicious. With the half-cooked egg, the fresh egg yolk explodes to make the texture crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. However, the 2 different scallion pancakes still have their differences.
- The yellow cart’s sauce is saltier than blue cart’s.
- The yellow cart’s scallion pancake is more crispy than the blue cart’s scallion pancake.
After trying both, I personally slightly prefer the one from the blue cart.
Frontière Française (邊境法式點心坊)
Address: No 73. Mingzhi St, Hualien City
Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
For a dessert lover like me, I could not miss out on amazing French dessert at Frontière Française. Their dessert was so delicious I visited twice in my 3 day Hualien trip. The dessert line-up here is very complete, and it took me forever to decide what I want to eat at the counter. I highly recommend what I’ve ordered: golden pieces, pistachio raspberry mille-feuille, merry-go-around, raspberry vanilla mille-feuille.
Golden pieces: It is a dessert with a base of hazelnut cake and black chocolate mousse. It tasted like Ferrero rocher. You don’t need to bite, and it’ll melt naturally. It is sweet, but not too heavy.
Pistachio raspberry mille-feuille & raspberry vanilla mille-feuille: They told us to push the mille-feuille on the side so it is easier to cut. Frontière Française’s mille-feuille has crispy skin and is very delicious. You can first taste the delicate and crispy skins and then followed by the flavorful custard filling to perfectly combine with the skins.
Merry-go-around: Of course I am going to order a strawberry dessert during strawberry season. Merry-go-around is mascarpone cheese & strawberry sandwiched between macarons. They recommend taking the top piece of macaron off first so it is easier to cut. Since it has strawberry and mascarpone cheese, it is both sweet and sour at the same time.
Miao-Kou Black Tea (廟口紅茶)
Address: No. 218, Chenggong St, Hualien City
Phone: (038) 323846
Miao Kou Black Tea isn’t in a commercial district. When I came around 6 pm, everything around it was closed. I was originally afraid it would be closed too, but I saw many people lined up at the entrance. I am not sure if this counts as a place where locals of Hualien would go for midnight snacks. Here they make the drink and store on the second floor. The counter at first-floor has metal pipes which they open for the drinks to flow out. The black tea soy milk I ordered has a traditional Taiwanese taste, sweet but not too heavy. However, due to the ratio, the soy milk kind of overpowered the black tea’s taste.
Gongzheng Baozi (公正包子)
Address: No. 199-2, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien City
Hours: 6:00 – 20:30
At Gongzheng Baozi, you get lots of food for a cheap price. What you see above in the picture only comes out to be 65$NT. If this is at Taipei, the steamed dumplings probably already cost $65 by itself. The soup dumplings here has quite thick of a skin and kind of like a pork bun. The skin is soft and delicious, and the filling is savory with a bit of sweetness.
I personally preferred the steamed dumplings. The skin is chewy and has lots of soup inside. If you like garlic, don’t miss out on the dipping sauce here. The dipping sauce’s raw garlic has a nice kick to it.
Zhoujia Steamed Dumpling (周家蒸餃)
Address: No. 4-20, Gongzheng St, Hualien City
Hours: 24 hours
Zhoujia Steamed Dumplings is located right next to Gongzheng Baozi. They have basically the same menu Even though there isn’t that much of a difference between the 2 restaurants. I slightly preferred the buns at Zhoujia Steamed Dumplings. The buns here are thinner, and the fillings are juicy and large. For steamed dumplings though, I preferred the ones at Gongzheng Baozi.
Laishang Sushi (賴桑壽司屋)
Address: No. 90, Linsen Rd, Hualien City
Hours: 11:30 – 14:00; 17:00 – 21:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Laishang sushi is a Taiwanese style Japanese cuisine. Therefore, the restaurant provides Taiwanese stir-fry dishes in addition to Japanese food. The seafood here is guaranteed to be fresh by taking it out of aquarium tanks on the day of. Laishang Sushi’s aren’t stingy when it comes to food. The serving size of nigiri and sashimi were all huge. Especially the Laishang Signature Huge nigiri. The serving size is so large that even guys will get really full. It is really worth the price. There is a small complaint that our baked mackerel took an hour to come.
Dai’s dumplings (液香扁食)
Address: No. 42, Xinyi St, Hualien City
Hours: 9 am until sold out
Dai’s dumpling was opened since 1934. This is now the 4th generation handling the business. They sell wontons and wontons only. The wontons here are medium sized. The wonton soup is slow-cooked with bones. Along with crips red onions, celery, and white peppers, this bowl of wonton soup is a amazing traditional Taiwanese flavor.
Furuili Cafe & Bread (芙芮莉)
No. 49, Mingli Rd, Hualien City
Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Furuili does not have a dine-in area so you can only do take-out. This time I bought their macaron, cream puff, and mille-feuille. The macaron’s surface is kind of tough, I personally do not recommend. Their signature cream puff though is delicious! The cream puff’s fillings is sweet but not too heavy.
Fivebar Caramel Heart Tapioca (五霸焦糖包心粉圓)
Address: No.165, Bo’ai St, Hualien City
Hours: 12:00 – 22:30
Fivebar Caramel Heart Tapioca’s signature caramel condensed milk ice looks like the surface of a pineapple bun. On the bottom, you’ll find red beans, green beans, tofu pudding, grass jelly, and various flavors of heart tapiocas. On top of these ingredients, you’ll find layers of pressed ice. Then, condensed milk and caramel is poured over the ice. (On the side note: locals recommend the purple signed heart tapioca next door)
Hualien Metal Pipe Black Tea (花蓮鋼管紅茶)
Address: No. 201, Zhongshan Rd, Hualien City
(Across from Zhongzheng Baozi)
Located across from Gongzheng Baozi, Hualien Metal Pipe Black Tea retained the flavor of Traditional Taiwanese flavor. Using Taiwanese traditional method, the black tea is cooked and stored on the second floor and transport to the first floor through metal pipes. Because of this design, the shop is called metal pipe black tea. You can enjoy the black tea by opening the valve on the metal pipes.
Half-Apartment Cafe (半寓咖啡)
Address: No. 316, Chenggong St, Hualien City
Hours: Mon, Tue: 14:00 – 20:00, Fri – Sun: 14:00 – 20:00 (Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Half-apartment cafe is renovated from an old laundromat. The store front still retained the signs of the previous laundromat. Regrettably, I was too full to check this place out. Therefore, I only took a picture of the cafe. The next time I visit Hualien I will definitely give this a try.
Above is the sharing of my Hualien Trips’ food. I hope this helps those who are planning to visit Hualien.
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