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.
The landscape of Taitung is made up of high mountains, a rift valley, plains, and the coast line. There are several fishing harbors from Changbin in the north to Daren in the south. The beautiful waterfronts and fishing grounds are both must-see attractions for travelers.
New Penghu Seafood Restaurant
The closer the source of the fish is to the dining table, the better it will taste and this can be attributed to the unique and advantageous fishing area of Chenggong Harbor. White shrimp flourish in the pure tidal waters along Provincial Highway 11 of the East Coast. With a delicious fleshy and elastic texture, it is the most representative dish on the table. The famous seafood dishes in Chenggong Township don’t stop at white shrimp, and the fresh catches of various fish are not to be missed. The famous swordfish, mahi-mahi, squid, and mackerel all appear on the menu crafted by the skilled boss. It’s a great opportunity for food lovers to come and try the delicious seafood of Taitung. (IGPhoton by @chopsticktravel)
Sitting at Seaside
On the green island, hand-made fish zongzi with the flavor of Pacific Ocean is eaten on Dragon Boat Festival, its flavor of rich layers is brought by tuna fish, dried sea shrimp, pork and granular sticky rice. During the summer days, order a special flavored meal with the features of green island, take a sip of the carefully brewed beer on 24 solar terms, taste pan-fried egg with the flavor of seaweed, and swallow the concentrated essence hidden inside fish zongzi packed by bamboo leaves. Let the warm feeling of handmade local cuisine attract you to stay here. (IGPhoto by @ludao_seaside)
Huaqiao Seafood Hotpot
The multilevel iron hotpot is stacked, layer by layer. Delicious seafood from Taitung is placed on the first level. Supplied with the freshest shrimp, fish, crab, and a variety of shellfish, this is clearly a paradise for seafood lovers. The boss puts great emphasis on the quality and deliciousness of the seafood. Every 2-3 days, he personally goes to Kaohsiung and Pingtung to select the best fish. In order to promote the purity and taste of the soup, he even instructs the customers as to the best way to eat it. The rich and vibrant sweet flavors fill every table. After its finished steaming, everyone will surely agree that it is truly delicious seafood. (IGPhoto by @1995_hsin)
Song Mama’s Seafood
As one of the famous seafood shops in Taitung, the taste is absolutely superb. Its approachable price is also an attractive quality. Sweet and sour Mahi Mahi, sauerkraut Grouper belly, blanch squid, celery mombo fish, and others. The sweetness of the seafood is closely integrated with Taitung. It is fresh and delicious! This straightforward delicacy is comparable to the highly economical fish. Each cooking method and the matching sauce are just right. In this seafood shop, you can experience the vitality of the sea!
Mahi Mahi Today
Mahi Mahi is the Hawaiian word for strong. The concept is simple and clear. The owner hopes to utilize mahi mahi to supplement the physical strength of travellers to Taitung. The restaurant uses cooking methods from different countries. It combines Taitung’s unique seafood taste with exotic cooking patterns to perfectly light up the taste buds. One of the signature dishes, known as the “Good Fishing Fort”, is a deep-fried crispy dish, yet not greasy. It is refreshing and full of marine sweetness. The sesame oil soup is fried with old sesame oil over low heat, and the aroma is full of instant satisfaction. It will also warm the body and mind.
This spacious, unique industrial style coffee shop dressed with just the perfect amount of greens and succulent plants around. The sunlight shines through the window that creates a relaxed and light-hearted atmosphere. Coffeeloft mainly provides Italian coffee, drip bag coffee, Mate tea and a variety of flavored cheesecakes. The coffee shop’s specialty is the Cappuccino, which boasts an intensive and natural aroma and a layer of crisp foam. They also served season-limited cheese cake and salads mixed with local vegetables and fruits, served with sweet and sour dressing. Last but not least, free wifi and sockets are available for use to customers.Dolphin fish, or mahi mahi, exports are the most profitable product in Chenggong Township, with over 2,600 metric tons of catches a year. The high nutritional value of the dolphinfish, lack of small bones, delicious and high-quality flesh have been carefully studied by the locals through methods such as frying. Carefully selected products from Chenggong Harbor are delivered directly and processed within twenty-four hours. The produce is then frozen in -50 degrees Celsius temperatures to ensure the freshness of the fish. The fried mahi mahi is the most popular dish accepted by customers. With the use of traditional spiced powder and marinated seasoning after being deep-fried, you will be surprised by the succulent succulent, juicy, and crispy flavor of the fish!
Makaira Coffee is a high-class sailfish restaurant in Chenggong Township. Through their rapid freezing technology, this shop, places high value on the freshness and taste of seasonal fishery products. Needless to say, they use the simplest way to cook and keep the original flavor of the ingredients in their dishes. Sailfish is one of the most famous products in Chenggong, with medium-rare sailfish tail as the ultimate specialty. This special and unique cuisine is made by simply baking the fish, which is sprinkled with salt and pepper, and then dressed with lemon. By taking a single bite of the tender fish, the high quality and its toothsome, rich tase will leave an everlasting impression on you!
Chen Xiao Seafood Restaurant
Chen Xiao Seafood Restaurant is close to the Wushibi Port, located in the north of Taitung. It is an ideal place to savor delicious seafood since the restaurant only serves the day’s freshest seafood.
Te Xuan Seafood
Te Xuan Seafood, near the Fugang Fishing Harbor, is popular among the locals. The restaurant offers local seafood and edible wild vegetables, such as mizuna, fireweed, and wild apricot. Plus, their corn-fed chicken is a must try!