Thursday, November 29, 2012

Recommended eating places (Part 1) - 鵝肉先生,公正包子店,四八高地

No. 259 Zhongshan Road, Hualien City
Operating hours: 11.30 a.m. - 12.30 a.m.

The name of this shop is literally "Mr Goose". This shop is popular and business is brisk here for a good reason. The goose meat is tender, juicy and fresh, and accompanied with the flavorful vermicelli soup and succulent stir-fried local vegetables, makes a perfect meal. Chances are that you will leave the place feeling contented. A plus point is that the boss speaks English so that would certainly help if you can't speak the Chinese language. Oh yes, be prepared to wait because the place is often so crowded. But trust me, your patience will pay off. ;)

No. 199/2 Zhongshan Road, Hualien City
Operating hours: 24 hours

The best phrase to describe the food from this shop is "cheap and good". The specialties are small meat buns priced at NT$5 each and steamed dumplings at NT$3 each. The prices are truly incredible and pocket-friendly! I ate the small meat buns once and they tasted so juicy and delicious with the accompanying dipping sauce, far exceeding the expectations I had. Other items being sold include meatball soup, vermicelli in meat broth, soy bean drinks and tea etc. This shop opens 24 hours so you know where to go when you have hunger pangs in the middle of the night. ;)

No. 32 Datong Street, Hualien City
Operating hours: 11 am - 8 pm (closed on Wed)

This shop serves simple fare that warms your heart. The braised meat rice and squid broth are the recommended dishes. Alas, as I don't eat squid, I didn't try that dish. The braised meat had a well-balanced aromatic flavour and it definitely went well with the grainy rice. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone looking for a simple affordable meal.

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