山东家常面: Homemade Beef Noodle
The Beef Noodle is so tasty! Don't miss it when you are visiting the Confucius Temple, just across the street! We had lunch in this restaurant with basic service but the food is great especially the beef noodle soup.
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Ice Queen: Taiwan Mango Shaved Ice
This unique & very fine shaved ice that doesn't melt as you eat. To compare with our local this is much better, the ice they used are made from milk where else our local are from normal water. This is something special in Taiwan. Its a must try food in Taiwan. Taiwan also produce top quality mango.
Favorite Dish: Mango Shaved Ice
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Fu Chuang Yuan: The Best Pig Trotters Rice
When you visit Taiwan and ask any Taiwanese which is the Best & Well Known food in Taiwan, They will tell you its PIG TROTTER & STINKY TAUFU. The best local pig trotters rice in Taiwan which I have tried. Don't be late for dinner or you will missed out. I spent 45 minutes and a taxi fare 350 fare to look for this shop.
Favorite Dish: Braised Pig Trotters the only food they served. Remember to order the Gravy.Everyone have to que its take about 15-25 minutes to served you.One small plate is always not enough, order another one.
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U.J.'s (Uncle Jimmy's) -(moved location): Yummy Mediterrean and American Homestyle
I have just finished visiting Uncle Jimmy's Taichung. they have moved to a less busy location with easier access on Si-Ping road. It is up from Morrison Academy on the same road, moving away from Shuei-Nan Market.
The decoration schema is about the same unique comfortable style UJ''s got known for in Taichung, the service is still great. The location appears smaller but outdoor seating and 2 floors makes up for that.
Foodwise, it is the same as before, mediterreanean homestyle and some American favorites like sandwiches and subs. Home-made cookies and plenty of fresh cooked/ grilled food await the discerning customer. My favorite dish, gyros is still around.
A smaller play area still exists for your children to frolic in away from the other customers. It has yet to be fully set up (UJ's just moved 2 weeks ago as I write this) but it will be likely to be set up properly.
Many people forgo the food and just go for the import store that occupies the first floor. Plenty of hard to find western food favorites with a strong bias towards american products exists. I find my cereal and spices here on occasion. Many cooking ingredients for DIY expats exist.
In summary, UJ's new location maintains the standard we expect from UJ's and continues to give a little taste of home to all us long term workers to enjoy.
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the Ke-Li-Bing store in Feng-Jia Mall: Try Ke-Li-Bing (kind of a pancake wrap)
This is a vendor set inside the busy Feng-Jia Mall next to the Feng-Jia Night market.
you have to go inside and hunt around a bit and notice the vendor selling it inside. They spread out what appears to be pancake mix upon round grills and make it fresh in front of you.
What a Ke-Li-Bing is a wrap, you can put anything you want inside the thin, crispy pancake skin. They wrap it up so it takes a cone shape and then put whatever kind of food you want inside.
If you want it to be a giant ice cream cone with chocolate and bananas- you point at the picture of what you want.
I personally liked the 'Hawaiian style' wrap which was pinapple chunks, cheese, grilled ham and lots of lettuce put inside, -like a subway wrap. There are many different flavors of ke-li-bing, only limited by your imagination, mood, and the available ingredients the vendor carries.
To find it, go wandering inside Feng-Jia night market, go right at the enterance to Feng-Jia University. Look for the bright blue neon sign that signals the inner mall enterance on the right side past many many different stores at the night market. Inside the maze that is basically a tin roof covering street vendors stalls with ventilation and cleaning (the mall) you will walk straight to the back of the mall, but not all the way back. there is a T-junction at the back it is the intersection before it. On that corner is the Ke-Li-Bing stand and you may have to wait a bit and eat standing up after. You may be able to find a small seat to huddle in to eat your food after.
Ma-La-Wan Hot pot. (spicy hot pot.): Tolerable Hot Pot near Metro park
a relaxed atmosphere. warm, friendly good service. Good spicy hot pot.
the food was ok, but the quality is better if you eat at most other all you can eat style hot pot restaurants- we didnt care for the poor quality false-crabmeat and mushroom balls but the beef was normal. The vegetables were the best part. Good selection of ice cream after you stuff your face- with real waffle cones! Not a bad deal, about 218$NT plus 10% service charge makes it about 240ish NT$ per person.
It is on Xi-tun road near the metro park. It has a big red sign, no english on it.
You dont need to order anything, you just come in, they will seat you and bring you your soup- we got a combo of half spicy and half normal. It was quite spicy to begin with, but as the meal continued the soup gets more distilled as you refill. You take your plate and go and pick from the selection of frozen meats and tofu things at the back of the restaurant. (Buffet-style.) Then you bring it back to your table and boil the hell out of it all. You pay when you leave.
Overall my grade for this place is 2 out 5. Tolerable, but nothing very special. Best thing about it is if you go up to the Metro Park for the afternoon, you can stop here on your way back home and grab a bite, or if you live in the area nearby the park its an ok place to get a bite.
Chili's Bar and Grill: Decent hamburgers- just like home!
I love the burgers at chili's. The other entrees are excellent as well, the portion sizes are huge but the prices are also a bit more than average for Taiwan.
To my knowledge there is only one Chili's restaurant in Taichung City. I can be wrong. I dont often choose to eat American style food prepared by taiwanese, but if you are travelling here on business and dont care to sample local cuisine or if you are stuck here for a long time and are dying for a fix of greasy yummy meat, go to chili's.
Overpriced salads are also available. I asked to switch my fries to salad, to be healthy. Of course I ruined that by eating my wife's french fries but at least I TRIED to be good.
Prices range from about 290 NT to 800-900NT per plate. Its HUGE, chances are 2 people could easily share 1 plate, the ribs looked like they could be shared quite well and fill up 2 people.
All you can drink pop is 110 NT, most other drinks are near this range but alcolhol of course is more.
Chili's- a good slice of home. or a bad place for a heart patient. LOL.
Favorite Dish: Bacon mushroom burger. Yum. Grease. Meat. Bun. Mushrooms. Cheese. BACON. Fat.
Vegetarians can change the meat to a fried bean fakemeat on request! I probably should try to do that too... owell.
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brownie Bread bakery Restaurant: Really good quality hot pot
Its a little place just off Wenshin Road again. Its small but clean looking.
One offputting thing for westerners is no english menu...
if you have a chinese friend it will serve you well.
Hot Pot is the main thing going here. You pay 320NT$ for all you can eat, (299 + 10% service charge)
They also make the taiwanese style of bread which if you purchase the hotpot you can go back for more and more. I actually liked the ham and lettuce bread- like a ham and cheese sandwich but saving us the step of preparation by including it within. A uniquely taiwanese interpretation of western bread.
you can choose from 5 soup bases- Ma-La-Guo (very spicy) Quen-Bu-Guo (Japanese style soup base with chicken and seaweed- the normal MILD base of most hotpots), Pao-tsai-guo (Korean Kimchee style- spicy but not as spicy as Ma-la-Guo) Su-Shi-Yang-Shen-Guo (vegetarian soup base with some medicinal herbs added) and interestingly Do-Jiang-Nai-Wei-Guo (Soya Bean Milk soup base.)
my wife ate the japanese and it was good.
i ate the Kimchee hot pot and i thought it was very tasty.
They give you very fresh ingredients. you order from a menu of each ingredient (unfortunately all in chinese) I recommend the mushroom balls, crab, shrimp and beef. The chicken slices are bit overly thin. Also the vegetables are big and fresh, much better quality than at other hot-pot buffets i have eaten at, and much better than the average hotpot shop
The ambiance is a bit japanese traditional style inside.
Brownies is a bread and cake store chain inside taiwan, this is something new for them. The cakes are quite good as a dessert after you have stuffed your face for two hours.
Favorite Dish: i loved the kimchee hot pot. Spicy but not TOO spicy, unless you are used to bland. in that case get the normal base- the japanese style base.
7 door restaurant: - blah. overpriced.
it has a nice exterior and beautiful pictures of food. It has lots of brick facade outside and large windows.
Inside it is utilitarean tables and reasonably comfortable chairs. Lots of magazines to flip through and catch up on your Taiwanese pop culture- on the positive side of things they have Bilingual TIME magazines available... so there was something to ignore the general blah-ness of the place.
Music was boring.
Admittedly I went there on New Years Day and probably nobody working there cared to put much effort into the food.
We ordered some Kung Pao style fish. It came with salad and mashed potatos and soup.
All were tolerable but not interesting. The mashed potatos were cold and not reheated even. my wife was unimpressed.
i ordered an ice cream waffle as I didnt have a lot of cash with me at the time and it was more expensive than we had thought. Most entrees there were 220 to 340NT$...
the food was tolerable to me- its hard to f*** up waffles and ice cream. The fish was skank, and my wife had a horrible stomach ache after that evening.
not the servers fault, they were friendly. just a lazy chef and bad management. I would not have complained had we paid 60nt for it instead of nearly 200NT.
no english menu... but there are pictures.
7-doors is a chain restaurant- perhaps other people have had more positive experiences. I dont care to test my luck and go back.
Favorite Dish: waffles. and the drinks are interesting, my wife got an apple yogurt smoothie that was good.
Hong-lou (Red House) (紅樓) is one of my favorite restaurants in the Taichung area. The food here is very reasonably priced and absolutely wonderful. (I ate here three times). They have a delicious pork-cutlet stuffed with ham and cheese and served with either pepper or mushroom sauce for NT 190 (including a drink (green tea or red tea; you can also choose to have tapioca bubbles in your tea), rice, and various vegetables.) The restaurant itself isn't particularly well decorated but is still very nice; service is good.
Favorite Dish: For just NT 40 (a little over US $1) you can order Hong-lao's delicious fried tofu (chuai-pi doufu). This is a plate of fried tofu bits served with a spicy pepper sauce; one of the highlights of my trip to Taiwan.
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Pear Coffee: Pear Coffee
Pear Coffee (Litsi kafe) (梨子咖啡) was one of my best dining experiences in Taichung. Although rather expensive, this new restaurant is beautifully designed and has excellent service and ambience. Most meals come with a salad, bread, and beverages. You have a choice of more western style dishes, or Chinese style dishes. There is indoor and outdoor seating, though considering Taiwan's hot summers you'll probably prefer indoor. The restaurant is rather popular (at least at the moment), and reservations are recommended though not required. There are three Pear Coffees in the Taichung region, one in Fongyuan, and two in the city itself.
Favorite Dish: Spicy hot pot; they give you a good amount of different ingredients to choose from. Of course, you have to cook hot pot yourself; it's up to you what the result is.
Hua-cha: Typical Chinese food
Hua-cha (話茶) is a small restaurant in the National Museum of Natural Science. It serves very typical Chinese food, such as bian-dan and noodles, as well as pizza, spaghetti, and coffee. It is a typical fast-food place. Prices aren't too exorbitant.
Favorite Dish: I had a pork cutlet bian-dan here for NT 80. Their pork cutlets aren't fried, but they're still pretty good. Included is rice, suan-tsai (literally, sour vegetable), and some various vegetables. Not too bad.
Shabu-shabu: Good hot pot
Technically, Shabu-shabu is Japanese. In Chinese it is called shuan-shuan guo (涮涮鍋). There are many shabu-shabu restaurants scattered around Taiwan, but the only time I ate at one was when I was in Wufeng. The prices aren't too high; for just about NT 140, you get your choice of meat (pork, beef, or lamb) and a plate of vegetables, as well a personal hot pot. Shabu shabu is just that; your own hot pot (most Chinese eat using communal hot pots. Not very sanitary). That is basically the only thing offered at Shabu-shabu restaurants.
Chi-shan Mu-pian Fan-bao: Chinese fast food
Chi-shan is a town in southeastern Taiwan known for its rice; this results in many restaurants naming themselves after the town. In Taiwan, one of the most popular types of fast food is known as a 'bian-dan,' which is a ready-to-eat lunch or dinner generally consisting of some type of meat, some vegetables, and rice. Chi-shan mu-pian Fan-bao sells a variety of bian-dan for low prices. This is not a high class place; it doesn't have quite as much customers as McDonald's, but it's a Chinese version of it. Prices on bian-dan range from about NT 50 to NT 80, those it's very budget; I ate here five times. In general, food quality is okay; you can select from pork-cutlets, chicken, beef, and fish bian-dan.
Favorite Dish: For just NT 65, you can buy a pork cutlet bian-dan (my favorite). The pork cutlet bian-dan has a lot of rice, three different types of vegetables, either a piece of fried fish or half an egg, and of course, a good-sized fried pork cutlet. The meal also includes a free, 100 ml drink and a cup of soup (usually pork, fish, or vegetable based).
Saint Lotus Restaurant: Vegetarian Buffet
Saint Lotus Restaurant (Shen-hua gong) (聖華宮) is a popular vegetarian buffet in Taichung. The buffet serves various soy-based vegetarian 'meat' and plenty of vegetables, as well as soups, ice cream, and self-cook noodle soups. Lunch is NT 250, dinner is NT 300 (less than US $10), and the food is good. Reservations are not necessary, but recommended, since this is a very frequented restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Cream of corn soup... the most popular dish here. Outside of here, most cream of corn soup costs NT 80 but here it's all included...