Sharks Museum: Sharks meat, anyone?
No, there is no typo error, this is really a Sharks Museum, but it has a restaurant serving seafood, including some unique meat from sharks, sailfishes, and ocean sunfish. It's probably not something I would like to eat everyday, maybe every other week, but let's just say this is really unique at least where I come from.
From the shell-shaped plate at the foreground, the whitish meat with some translucent part is from the neck of a shark. It has a very slight 'fishy' taste, but still nice.
Still on the same plate, the yellowish jelly-like meat is from an ocean sunfish - very springy and soft, much like jellyfish but more springy and softer.
The whitish/cream-colored squarish meat, partly covered by the shark's meat is from a sailfish. Taste a bit like chicken, except more tender and has a slight sweet taste. Nice meal, I'll definitely go back again if I had the chance.
There's also other dishes such as fried sharks skin and claypot shark meat, as well as other common fried vegetables which are equally as good if not better than other restaurants.
Guanshan Meat Dumpling: Taitung's famous Meat Dumpling
Guanshan Meat Dumpling is a very old shop directly opposite the historic Tianhou Temple. Even the seating capacity inside this shop is limited. This shop serves a variety of Taiwan's traditional food such as beef noodles, minced pork etc, but its more famous food is its meat dumpling or rouyuan. Well, literal translation of 'rouyuan' is meatballs but it looks more like dumpling to me. Sounds friendier too. The dumpling skin, made from flour and is a little transclucent, is very springy or QQ as they say in Chinese. The meat actually is tender but a little blend, but tastes good when accompanied by a sticky sweet sauce. Cost of NT$20 per dumpling.
Seaweed Healthy Restaurant: Healthy food with a Seaweed theme
Taitung's Seaweed Healthy Restaurant focuses on healthy eating and emphasizes on less sugar, less salt and no oil. All their food is steamed, boiled or cooked in soup. Seaweed is used as a common ingredient because of its health effects and also because it is abundant in Taitung. Their most famous dish is the steamed seaweed chicken-soup dumplings. The chicken meat inside is very tender and fresh, and contains a little bit but very aromatic soup inside. A little like Shanghai's famous Xiaolongbao but with less soup, which is very good because I don't squirt soup all over my shirt when I bite into the dumplings.
Family-run business, this shop has been opened for about 6-7 years. Closed on every 10th and 20th day of every lunar month.
7-mile Aromatic Steamed Fried Buns: Fantastic Buns (I'm talking about food!)
7-mile Aromatic Steamed Fried Buns, a literal translation of its Chinese name, is a small little shop in a small inconspicious little alley, but its reputation and quality of its food belies the appearance of the shop. The buns are first steamed, then fried on both sides, making them crispy on its top and bottom, but spongy at the sides. The buns are packed with a generous filling of mostly vegetables marinated to perfection. Each bun only costs NT$18, a real value for money.
Besides these buns, the shop also serve a fantastic and delicious spread of stewed meat which Taiwan is popular for.
Opened till very late in the night.
Favorite Dish: Favorite food is the buns which they are famous for. But do not miss out the stewed meat too.
Donghe Meat Buns: Taitung's Famous Meat Buns
Search for famous food of Taitung and you will inevitably find "Donghe Meat Buns". Located very near to the also-famous historical Donghe Bridge, this shop is easy to find and one can usually see a fairly large crowd in and around the shop. The meat buns come in several varieties with the pork meat being the more famous ones. Others include red bean and peanuts fillings. A sign outside the shop touts itself as "The Only One, No Other Branches Elsewhere".
As for the quality of the meat buns, this photographer however begs to differ. It is salty, doesn't have much of a taste. I wouldn't go there again.
Fat Elephant BBQ- Green Island: BBQ Buffet Taiwanese Style
This is a very taiwanese style kind of food. In the winter its hot pot. In the summer its barbeque. But this is not like the american style bbq. This is Taiwan, buddy.
The atmosphere is pure tin shack on concrete slab, like your weird uncles garage with a big fridge at the back. Many tables with large funny wire boxes in the center and cheap folding chairs await you.
The deal is you cook it over a grill placed over red hot burning coals of wood. Its different because its a buffet style, and the grill is set in the center of the table you eat at, so you eat, then cook, then eat, then cook. or you can vote one or two people to do all the flipping required. If your fire has issues contact the service guys and point or say 'Hwo si-diao-le." (fire is dead).
The fat elephant is an all you can eat BBQ restaurant on green island we ate at. Its 250 NT$ per person. Beer is extra money. A taiwan beer (green bottle - the good stuff) rang in at 70NT.
You can choose from:
tofu. its ok. its tofu.
weiners. not recommended by me.
chicken wings. YUM.
squid balls. YUM.
tempura (fried flour cake) YUM.
onion, and bacon on a stick. I personally took them off so the bacon would be faster and better cooked (safer) very good.
green pepper and bacon on a stick. As the onion and bacon above take it apart it is safer and faster. YUM.
chicken strips. YUM.
sh*take mushrooms. yum yum.
and other foods often available at other all you can eat BBQ restaurants: (but i didnt see at this one the day we went. :(
Beef strips of varying quality. Usually very Yummy.
goat meat may be available.
Sika meat may be available but even though they say it is farmed from 'Sika farms' in Taidong its better safe than sorry, I don't suggest eating an endangered species flesh!
Favorite Dish: You cook it all yourself. You pick what you want from a buffet fridge where its laid out for you. If you get food poisoning, guess what- its YOUR fault. If you burn it- its YOUR fault. Dont say i didnt warn you. If you are scared of cooking dont do this or get someone who likes to cook to come with you. This is why many chinese people make good cooks. They all learn how from a very early age how to do it all themselves.
to get there, go along the road past the airport, keep an eye out on your right hand side before you get to the green island prison for the sign with a fat elephant on it. I don't think they have an english name.
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