The sight of the the owner
and customers sharing their
love of tea-making with each
other is a common scene here.
The photographs on the wall
are all shot by the owner.
Er Yue Shan Jia Tea House brings good tea and dining together
By May Chen
Translated by Angel Pu
70-2, GuoJi St, Xitun District
Hours: 10 am-10 pm
No service charge. Credit cards not accepted. No minimum bills.
Parking lot available.
This vintage-style teahouse, featuring classical Chinese decor, sits on Guoji Street near TaiZhongGang (Taichung Port) Road. The owner is a photographer and very fond of Chinese tea culture, which means that many hard-to-find teas and pu'er tea can be found here. The owner's wife also loves teaching flower arranging and writing poetry. Thus, it's not surprising that many, if not most, of the patrons here look like they're also interested in art and literature.
Left: The price range for coffees, teas and vinegar-based drinks runs from NT$40 to NT$200. For dining, the restaurant offers various set meals, Italian cuisine, hot pots and noodles (NT$110-500), and desserts fall into the NT$35-120 range. Larger groups of diners can also enjoy table set meals here.
Right: Pork Knuckle with Wine and Black Beans Table Set Meal (NT$400 per person)
This pork knuckle is cooked with black beans and wine for an amazing 50 hours,
helping give the meat a smooth, tender texture. The side dishes include appetizing
Brazilian Grape (Jabuticaba) vinegar drink, Beef Stew with Pu'er Tea, Crispy Skin
Tender Tofu, Betel Nut Flowers, Seasonal Vegetables, Handmade Pineapple Cake,
and a pot of Huang Shan Da Shu Tea (or pitcher of juice). Besides the main entree, side dishes are not all listed on the menu, so you can anticipate some surprises. Betel
nut flowers are rich in fiber and minerals, and taste crispy and refreshing when freshly
stir-fried. The Beef Stew with Pu'er Tea is both healthy and tasty. Only customers who
order table set meals can enjoy these special dishes here.
Crispy Pork Knuckle with Osmanthus (NT$440)
To make this popular dish, the owners use natural osmanthus as a marinade and
then fry the pork knuckle. When it's sliced open, the meat juices spill out, filling
the air with great aromas. Dip this into a bit of mixed salt, pepper and osmanthus
powder, with the osmanthus flavor especially standing out. The skin of pork knuckle
is crispy and savory, and the meat is soft, tender and delicious.
For an additional NT$60, all a la carte dishes can be upgraded
to set meals which include a healthy vinegar drink, soup,
bread, dessert and tea or coffee.
Handmade Pineapple Cake (NT$150 for
10 cakes) is the most popular gift item at the
restaurant, which also sells cans and bags
of natural, healthy products for between
NT$100 and NT$500.