An Aboriginal Lunch in Taroko Gorge at 達基力部落屋風味餐
|Our friendly server pauses for a photo
The restaurant is open-air, and on the side of a hill with a view out facing the ocean. It is a good idea to apply some bug spray before sitting down. The mosiqitoes of the east coast know no mercy. Our driver let us know that the restaurant has live aboriginal music on weekends as well. I sensed it might be a place locals visit too. There is no menu for walk-ins, just a meal set of seasonal items. We paid $400 TWD per person about $14 USD. There was no way we were able to finsih the banquet of foods this price included. The restaurant's website lists a menu and includes other items like a whole pig that can be ordered in advance for groups.
|okra, sausages, and onions, with sticky rice behind
|dragon's whiskers salad
After we settle into our table we were quickly brought a pot of winter melon tea and a trio of appetizers. All of these foods were made with, or seasoned with, local ingredients such as mountain pork, black pepper, and a local onion that tastes a little bit like ramps. We also received a pumpkin sticky rice dumpling that was sweet and delicious. Next was a cooling salad of cabbage, carrots, chili, garlic, and some steamed vegtables also from the mountains called "dragon's whiskers" because they look like the long, curly dragon's whiskers you see painted and carved in many temples.
|green pepper and bacon
|roasted pork and chicken
Our main courses briefly arrived. I really enjoyed the cured pork (bacon) and green peppers. There were little fried fish for each of us, mine was full of crunchy eggs. We also had a plate of tender and juicy roasted chicken and pork belly. Some steamed cabbage was a nice touch, but you can imagine there wasn't much room for that on our plates. I shouldn't forget to mention the pot of rice, which contained both white and turmeric varities. It wouldn't be a meal in Taiwan if there wasn't any soup invloved. We had a nice light broth of greens and corn.
The food was all extremely fresh and had very little oil on it. It will remain one of my favorite meals in Taiwan.
|naughty cats cleaning up