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Zhiyuan Chinese Food Restaurant

Zhiyuan Chinese Food Restaurant

Zhiyuan Chinese Food Restaurant
Assorted Seafood Omelete
(NT$280) features squid, crab,
cheese and shredded scallops
wrapped in tender, tasty eggs.
A specially prepared sauce
brings out the individual
flavors of these ingredients.


Zhiyuan Chinese Food Restaurant

By Olly Lee
Translated by Sho Huang

411, ShuiYuan Rd, Fengyuan District (intersection with FengDong Rd)
(04) 2525-6156
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.

Fengyuan, the gateway to central Taiwan's beautiful mountains, is a smaller but pleasant district with lovely landscapes. While visiting, you should definitely try out the distinctive local Chinese cuisine, starting with this restaurant.

Each dish presented a Zhiyuan is a joy for your eyes and taste buds, thanks to the unique flavors and ingredients. The chef, Mr. Wu, has put his decade of cooking experience to good use and invented a myriad of creative dishes prepared with appetizing spices and served with yummy sauces. Set menus for 2-8 people have been specially designed, so that even a couple of diners can enjoy four delicious dishes with rice provided.

For NT$398/per person, one can savor an appetizer, a cold dish, two meat dishes out of four options, a vegetable dish, dessert and freshly-prepared fruit/vegetable drink. Besides the menu selections, new flavors and items are introduced from time to time according to the season.

The decor of this small restaurant is retro Shanghai-style with romantic violet colors contrasting with a mature black theme. The overall atmosphere is welcoming and relaxing. A Chinese New Year dinner is also available for NT$5,800 and NT$6,800 per table with 10 dishes and should be reserved ahead of time.

Zhiyuan Chinese Food Restaurant 紫園中華料理
Left: Bamboo Shoots with Plum Jello (NT$220) is a unique mountain dish with a sweet-and-sour plum jello covering the crunchy, fresh bamboo shoots.
Right: Rosemary Pork Ribs (NT$280) are prepared with fresh rosemary, nuts and pre-fried pork ribs. The first bite of the ribs is crispy and once your teeth sink into the meat, the tasty flavors are really released.

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