Surrounded by mountains and ocean, Taitung is a place with a lively blend of different ethnicities, deep-rooted traditions, and multicultural heritage. All of the cuisines of Taitung, including local restaurants with 50-60-year history, western cuisine brought from new immigrants, and creative fusion food, all build up an unforgettable and terrific memory for people who were born and raised here.
As Taitung is home to many aboriginal communities, tasting the traditional foods from these different tribes is something you cannot miss while traveling in Taitung! This special type of cuisine normally involves simple seasoning, locally grown ingredients, and seafood. While of course there are plenty of aboriginal food restaurants, you can also find the delicious meals upon visiting the tribes.
Uninang Handcraft Workshop
Uninang Handcraft Workshop locates in Yungkang Village of Taitung. In Bunun dialect, uninang means “blessing to you”. The founder, Mei-Hua Wang, and her family endeavor to promote traditional Bunun culture. They manage the workshop and work with friends as hard as they could, devoting to the tribe and facing every day with thankful mind. They pass on and innovate on Bunun cuisine, while providing tribal experience and creative new Bunun dishes. One may taste healthy and innovative Bunun cuisines, and observe the creativity of the host. In addition, visitors have to try Father’s Eight Polyphony set, which is a traditional Bunun meal, bringing people sincerity and touching. (IG-photo [email protected]@wy_chia)
Jiang Mi Mi Bistro
Have you ever tried “mountain meal”?There is a creative dish exclusively belonged to “Jiang Mi Mi Bistro” in Jinlun Village that attracts tourists travelling from thousand miles away.“Mountain Meal” is also called “Yao Yao Meal” and it is a featured dish from Paiwan Tribe that developed by the hometown-returning youth and also the owner, Chih Wei. He puts various wild vegetables and rice of excellent quality into the pan and shakes it before adding specially-made sault-and-sweet fermented tofu. It marvelously creates new taste on the tip of tongue and gives a solid good flavor to the simple traditional aboriginal dish.“Jiang Mi Mi” means “talking about secret” and the owner hopes the space is for friends and family gathering here and have a nice chat while enjoying the authentic aboriginal dishes. Come to “Jiang Mi Mi” to talk about your secrets and draw the distance with your friends and family closer. (IGPhoton by @yommichen)
As if a sun fell onto the table, the round and plump bagels are a great way to start a beautiful morning and will put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Cast off your stereotypes of bagels. Each bite is fragrant, with a firm and chewy texture accompanied by rich and varied fillings. Each exhibits the local flavors of Taitung and shouldn’t be missed, especially peeling chili cheese, purple yam cheese and sweet-scented osmanthus. With every type of bagel they produce, you’ll get a sense of how much care and persistence is given by the proprietor with respect to the ingredients and the love she has for Taitung. Come and have a satisfying and enjoyable experience. (IGPhoton by @doubleblack518)
Resembling a new art generation, the philosophy of ‘food and change’ are combined to launch a dessert renaissance. In order to overturn the notion that macaroons are always too sweet, the proprietor of TAO.Z, formulated a low sugar recipe. Attaining just the right amount of sweetness along with the variety of fillings has enhanced the taste of the macaroons and propelled her to an artistic height in the dessert world. The owner regularly launches a new surprise flavor monthly, sometimes seasonally limited or sometimes a specialty flavor of Guanshan. Once it enters your mouth, you’ll find the scrumptious flavor is derived not only from the passion the owner has for macaroons but is also a mixture of the sweetness from your own heart. (IGPhoton by @tao_z3866)
Wooden tables and chairs, bamboo walls, in a small corner near the mountains. This is a small restaurant, and is full of Aboriginal flavor. In addition to the decor, there are also full-featured music performances in the restaurant. Simple tableware but with a variety of dishes. Three-cup, hot-fried, cold-boiled, salty and crisp, and other traditional methods of cooking challenges each patron’s taste. Among them, crispy chicken is even a well-known dish that needs to be booked. The golden crispy and tender juicy meat, with onion and chicken oil, crispy and rich, all melt together.
Buda Banai Coffee shop
It has never been only young people who have returned to their hometowns to start up a new business. This Buda Banai Coffee shop is a pair of sisters that closed their company and used their father’s name Buda as a signboard. The store sells its own Chishang rice, the crop which belongs to their family. In addition, the two sisters used Chishang rice and Taitung’s seasonal fruit to make many delicious pastries and desserts. Drinks are mainly coffee and tea, and the special mulberry leaves tea are picked by the owner himself. The mulberry leaves are picked one by one, and even been ground and made into mulberry rice cakes. The fragrance of tea has a calming stamina. Here you can deeply connect with the land of Taitung.
Blue Ocean Aroma Restaurant
Situated in a small street, not too far from the Pacific Ocean, and decorated with coconut trees and natural beauty, is the Blue ocean Aroma Restaurant. A large wall, which boasts a totem and driftwood art embodies the local tribal culture. Fresh ingredients are used everyday. Be sure not to miss the slightly-sweet appetizer, a fresh seaweed and vegetable dish, as well as the famous grilled wild boar prepared with lemon and onion, and the “warrior soup” (cajan rib soup). Fresh produce provided after the locals’ hunting also includes millet wrapped in “abay” (local leaves) and steamed pork (a dish enjoyed by the local aboriginal people), which is best served with a bottle of millet wine. Enjoy the local Aboriginal food and wine at this unique and memorable restaurant!
By virtue of the mother nature, the east of Taiwan possesses the beautiful East coast with sufficient resources from the intertidal zone. The streams and ocean give the aborigines endless ingredients to enjoy. They adjust the cuisines based on the seasons to use the most appropriate local ingredients in Taitung. Mountain food, wild game cuisines, and seafood are the characteristics of aboriginal cuisines, which include hotpot using heated stones and metal leaves, vegetables growing in the wild, salted grilled cuisines, traditional glutinous rice in bamboo tubes, the rice “A-bai” only available during festivals or holidays, and finally, the special rice wine. By tasting the traditional aboriginal cuisines, we can understand the different cultures of ethnicity and the attitude of being simple but amiable.
If you visit the Dulan Tribe, located on the beautiful coast, we recommend you to try the Amis cuisine at Salifan Restaurant. Their jelly fish with seaweed, a dish served cold, is delicious, while the salt pork, roasted swordfish, and wild edible plants are also rich in flavor. Enjoy the seabreeze while tasting this unique and tasty cuisine!
Taitung Tribe Restaurant
Taitung Tribe Restaurant hosts a casual and inviting atmosphere where visitors can enjoy an authentic meal in a bamboo arbor surrounded by a wooden fence. It offers a variety of indigenous dishes such as crispy grilled chicken, roasted fish, pork barbecue, and seasonal vegetables. Come here for a to savor the delicious food as well as the gorgeous evening view from up in the mountains.