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COMPASS MAGAZINE > December 2011

Fu Xin Yuan

Award-winning Fu Xin Yuan excels with Hakka cuisine

By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel P

62, ZhongShan Rd, Fuxing Village, Tongluo Township, Miaoli County (037) 983-345
Hours: 11 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm (Call to confirm off days.)
No service charge.
Credit cards not accepted.
English/Chinese menu.

Situated in Miaoli county's Tongluo township, Fu Xin Yuan is so famous and popular that the Miaoli Cultural Affairs Bureau gave it an award for serving authentic Hakka cuisine. To create a nostalgic atmosphere, the restaurant is decorated with vintage Taiwanese items, such as woven bamboo fishing baskets, wine jars, traditional Chinese wooden carved windows and bright red Hakka printed fabrics. Also fascinating are the aging Hakka pickles, in a glass jar that will conjure up good old memories for some patrons.
To prepare its authentic Hakka dishes, Fu Xin Yuan makes full use of traditional ingredients like Hakka savory rice pudding, Hakka pickled mustard and stir-fried items. They also only use seasonal vegetables grown by local farmers.

"Although we don't have luxury decor and the service quality of chain restaurants, we are proud of our pure enthusiasm for cooking and reasonable prices," said owner Chen Mei-zhu.

This commitment and attitude means that Fu Xin Yuan will continue to be a top choice for anyone seeking authentic Hakka cuisine, nostalgic atmosphere and reasonable prices.

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Left: Hakka Free Range Chicken (large NT$450, small NT$250) comes from local farms and has a very unique sweet flavor, as the chickens only eat corn. It is perfect with some orange sauce or chili pepper soy sauce.
Right: Hakka Savory Rice Pudding (NT$25) is a traditional Hakka snack made of steamed brown rice milk, often topped with a fried mixture of chopped leeks, dried radish, ground meat and dried shrimp skins. The result is firm but tender, sweet and savoury.

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Left: Steamed Sandwich with Dried Plums (NT$400) and White Radish Soup (NT$300) are two other entrees. The lightly flavored but savory White Radish Soup contains sun-dried white radish slices and juicy black pork. The restaurant also provides table set meals for NT$3,000 and up.
Right: Stir-Fried Pig Intestine Wrapped in Lettuce (NT$350) combines two well-known Hakka dishes-- Hakka Stir-Fry and Marinated Pig Intestine with Raw Gingers. It's better consumed with lettuce, which adds a refreshing edge to the oily, rich, savory flavors.

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