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COMPASS MAGAZINE > August 2008
 

Miaodong: A Taiwanese-style Tapas Tour in Fongyuan--Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup, Wulu Steamed Shrimp Meat Balls, Miaodong Sushi House, Jinshu Pineapple with Crushed Ice, Miaodong Cingshuei Fried Bean Noodles with Ribs, Jheng Jhao Oyster Omelet, Crispy Lin-Jiaos

By Frida Translated by Ann Lee

MiaodongMany people know that the Taichung County Government is located in Fongyuan, but even more people know about this city because of the variety of tasty Taiwanese dishes that line Miaodong Street, next to the famous Cihji Temple. The best way to visit the bite-sized haven of Miaodong is to visit with a group of friends and start your snack attack around noon. When the heat becomes too much to handle, you can walk into Sogo Department Store, window shop, and explore all the other great foods later in the day. If you are somewhat concerned about watching your figure, or don't have a lot of time or money to burn through, make sure you at least give the following places a try.

 


Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup, Wulu Steamed Shrimp Meat Balls

Right side of Miaodong Street entrance.
(04) 2528-4382
Hours: 3 pm-1 am
closed Tuesday

While at Miaodong, it's easy to spot this vendor, who sells steamed shrimp balls (NT$45/3 pieces) and Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup (NT$55). The outer skin of the shrimp meat balls is made with rice and tapioca flour dough and the inside is stuffed with minced pork and shrimp pieces. After the meat balls are steamed, you can dip them in garlic, chili and soy sauce. Make sure to try one plain, though, so you can really savor the flavor. The Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup is made with ingredients like crab's legs, shark's fin slices, cabbage, eggs and winter mushrooms, and then sprinkled with chopped green onions for a perfect finish. The combination of these flavorful ingredients makes the soup not only sumptuous to enjoy, but also light and delectable. To really make sure the soup ingredients have had time to stew, the vendor won't even start selling this delicious dish until after 3 p.m.

Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup, Wulu Steamed Shrimp Meat Balls Shark's Fin & Crab Thick Soup, Wulu Steamed Shrimp Meat Balls

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Miaodong Sushi House

(04) 2524-1390
2-8, Lane 167, JhongJheng Rd
Hours: 11 am -10 pm
Closed on 1st and 3rd Tue of the month.

This place sells oden, a Japanese winter dish consisting of ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon radish and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth. They also sell Stuffed Tofu, Green Bean Noodle Pockets (NT$25), and Cabbage Rolls. Everything from the stuffing to the sauce here is homemade and filled to the brim with juicy ingredients. The broth used to cook the oden in is made from dried bonito and seaweed; when paired with the natural sweetness of the pot's ingredients, the broth itself is truly refreshing and smooth.

Miaodong Sushi House Miaodong Sushi House

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Jinshu Pineapple with Crushed Ice

2-13, Lane 167, JhongJheng Rd
(04) 2524-3985
Hours: 11 am-11:30 pm

The owner of this delightful pineapple drink shop uses indigenous pineapples from Pingtung, cooks them with Taiwan sugar and dribbles them on crushed ice to make her signature Pineapple Crushed Ice drink (NT$30/lg, NT$20/sm). The ingredients are simple, but the owner chooses not to use any other type of pineapple. She also insists on not adding any preservatives, so that her customers can enjoy the naturally fruity flavor of the pineapple. Another dish sold here is Cold Potato and Pork Jelly Balls (NT$25), which comes with a unique sweet paste and cucumbers, and is another low-calorie dish that's ideal for summer.

Jinshu Pineapple with Crushed Ice Jinshu Pineapple with Crushed Ice

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Miaodong Cingshuei Fried Bean Noodles with Ribs

2-10, Lane 167, JhongJheng Rd, Fengyuan City
(04) 2523-3704
Hours: 11:30 am-12 pm

This vendor is one of the most popular stops on Miaodong Street. When you visit here on weekends, you'll see a great number of people lining up throughout the entire day, waiting to get a taste of the Rice Noodles with Pork Ribs (NT$80) or Pork Rib Soup (NT$70). The owners select the most savory ribs to make their famous pork chops and soup. The meat is marinated with their specially made seasoning, fried and then placed in a steamer with bean noodles, clear broth and onions. Although fried, serving the ribs with the broth and onions helps cut down on the grease and adds to their popularity in Miaodong.

Miaodong Cingshuei Fried Bean Noodles with Ribs Miaodong Cingshuei Fried Bean Noodles with Ribs

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Jheng Jhao Oyster Omelet

(04) 2523-9235
3, Lane 167, JhongJheng Rd
Hours: 11 am-1:30 am

Oyster Omelets, one of Taiwan's main specialty dishes, are served all over the island. At Jheng Jhao, the oyster omelet dishes (NT$60) are made with the freshest oysters and crispy vegetables. The owners also emphasize heat control while frying these egg specialties. Here, in the alleys around the temple, Jheng Jhao's omelets are so well-liked because of their exclusive, homemade peanut sauce. The owner explains that he created his sauce on his own and has a secret recipe that will not be shared anytime soon. Another dish you don't want to miss here is their Lotus Seed Soup (NT$40), in which seeds are steamed for about 6 or 7 hours for the best texture. This sweet treat is mixed with sugar and water for a great finish.

Jheng Jhao Oyster Omelet Jheng Jhao Oyster Omelet

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Crispy Lin-Jiaos

Left side of Miaodong street entrance
Hours: weekdays 12 am -11:30 pm; holidays 11:30 am-12 pm

Although the owner of this Lin-Jiao biscuit place is only set up with a small cart, you can always see a large group of people lining up to get his treats. The owner first selects the finest lin-jiaos and steams them until they are fully cooked. He then rolls them in cream powder. After a few turns around the wok, these crunchy treats go up on the display rack, ready for sale (NT$35/9 pieces, NT$50/13 pieces). Before you leave this street full of delectable Taiwanese delicacies, don't forget to buy a pack and munch on them for the journey home.

Crispy Lin-Jiaos

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