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.
Food and drink are always find themselves as the highlight of a vacation. In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery and delicious food during your trip, it would be even better to take some edible souvenirs back home
After Work CheeseCake
The moods of life can be diverse and creative while perhaps being simultaneously simple and pure. After a hard day of work, a slice of cheesecake gives you the leisure you need. Set a date for an evening after work, and get a refrigerated package from Taitung. These 4-inch cakes will enrich your evening and let you enjoy the cozy atmosphere of your home. Experience the delicacy called Crispy Molasses Cheese. Tasting the inner layer of the cake will show the meticulous craftsmanship and the staffs’ attitude for excellence. New York style, no-bake, and soufflé cheesecakes are more mouthwatering flavors of these handcrafted delicacies. Try one and join the precious and beautiful private time in your life. (IGPhoton by @afterwork_cheesecake)
Chingtse Caramel Treats
Take it for granted before putting in your mouth is the overture of the surprising taste; The feeling beyond all expectations after putting in your mouth is the grand finale of fully appreciating the taste. The caramel treats are different from the past maltose with overly-sticky sense of taste experience. Taitung is just like a mountain giving grace enough for all over Taiwan. The reminder whispered by father achieves the birth of Chingtse and even promotes local renovation of Taitung. “Chingtse” integrates the high-quality local agriculture products of Taitung: carefully selected red quinoa from south link highway, red oolong tea from Luyeh and local pineapple and Chishang rice from farmer in central valley. Innovate new flavors and bring forth the new from the old for the purpose of delivering the most natural, pure and hand-made ones from Taitung to the heart of everyone. (IGPhoton by @ironaboo)
A couple, originally in the furniture business, decided to turn the corner and start down a new road of life. They decided to move to Taitung and slow down their pace of life and to be more grounded. In a tribal village, they learned to weave, plant, and grasp the value of the soil. They stress the full process of life, where the end is still shining. They make good use of creating and extending the value of everything. As a result, their studio is called Weiyuji. Among their famous products is their pepper sauce. The amount of sesame and spicy peppers is just right with an incredible after flavor that pleasantly lingers for a long time. This product epitomizes the special spirit of Taitung. (FB Photo by @尾餘記)
Amis Sugar Apple Mochi Store
It is a gift shop of rich aboriginal characteristics that has hot selling products such as magic chocolate, moon cake, preserved egg and sugar apple cake. The sweet flavor of crispy sugar sweet potato is rich and very smooth but not sticky. The sugar apple cake is a very good snack for people very used to the flavor of sugar apple. Its outer layer is just perfect and its stuffing is even covered with mocha of great taste. The raw material is used in a way that makes the snacks with multiple layers of flavor.
Mountain Bread Bakery
An increasingly concentrated pure scent is being fermented here in Guanshan. In addition to insisting on the use of non-toxic food ingredients, their yeast is self-produced, and all require very careful monitoring and continuous adjustment. For example, the buckwheat noodles or citrus-like yeast is paired with 85% chocolate. The flavor and cultivation of aromas continuously enhance the original flavour of the bread. Compared to the gorgeous desserts, the giving of the specialty bread as a gift is even more remarkable, as it will really show your sincerity. The breads’ ingredients include those such as turmeric, sweet potato, whole wheat, and raisins. These local tastes give off a sense of prudence and purity.
Hong Ding Ji Ultra-Thin Dried Meat Store
During November each year, the northeast monsoon winds bring an abundance of marlin to the shores of Taitung. While many fishermen rely on marlin sashimi, marlin floss, marlin fish balls, marlin tempura and fish paste and other products to make money, Hong Ding has made a rather unique move to turn marlin into an ultra-thin product. Starting from the first generation of Hong Ding Ji, in the era of fish-filling, they thought about how to enhance the value of fish. The sailfish ultra-thin product was developed. Under the hot air drying technique of around 350 degrees, the sailfish becomes crispier and more refreshing than ordinary meat slices. The unique technique of removing the smelly “fish” odor, and leaving it filled with fragrant flavors, leaves customers coming back for more!
From Italy to France, the long-awaited macaroons snacks returned more and more to Taitung. Cold and soft stuffing is a big feature. The delicious macaroons must be strictly made with raw ingredients. The almond powder is used to make the skin, and has a nutty aroma. The local farm’s eggs ensure that there is no drug residue problem, and Isigny’s salt-free butter makes it rich and milky. With the store’s continuous innovation and creativity, there are quite a variety of flavors to choose from, including raspberry, red oolong, grapefruit, black tea, matcha, and so on. The bright, natural colors, and the different tastes truly make it a Taitung specialty, and a great gift for anyone!
Wegood Egg Ranch
Wegood Egg Ranch was established in 2000. The ranch raises chickens through a zero-pollution and sustainable method using the fresh water and pure land in Taitung. The egg rolls, which are made from the fresh eggs are delicious. The rich layers of skin and fresh egg yolks within the egg rolls are quite popular. They embody rich flavers, such as coffee, red oolong and milk, and they are all best sellers on the website. In addition, the hand-made nougat is also their popular product. Stuffed with whole almonds and merged with rich milk sourced at Chulu Ranch, the nougat is absolutely the safest and healthiest local souvenir you can take home!
Taitung Red Oolong Tea
Only the red oolong tea that has two leaves and one bud are selected for use here in Taitung. The traditional fermentation and drying processes gives the tea a glossy amber color and fruity sweetness. It is a perfect gift for people who love tea or natural beverages.
Chen Family Mochi
Chen Family Mochi uses Taitung Chihshang glutinous rice to make especially flavorful mochi. Every piece of mochi takes more than 8 hours to make. This dessert shop also sells frozen mochi sets, a good choice for gifts since it has longer shelf life than the regular mochi.
Yang Potato insists on following the old fashioned recipe of potato crisps. The bakers stir sweet potato slices by hand to heat them evenly so that every slice gets an equal amount of crispy. At the end of the process, the bakers will drizzle syrup on top. The sweet, crunchy flavors of this traditional snack makes Yang Potato’s sweet potato crisps a must-buy edible souvenir!