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COMPASS MAGAZINE > September 2013
 

Enjoying fresh seafood delights at Hot Fish Pier--Chao Kang Cheng Gourmet Cuisine Plaza Buffet Le Soleil, Geeyo Food, Ten-In Veggie World, Zhong Gang Haojia Seafood Plaza, Weiyu Seafood Restaurant, Lao San's Sea House, Wanpeng Seafood Store, Oujisang's Shop, Yum-yum Fish Floss

By Niang Chen Translated by Angel Pu

While driving along HuanZhong Road or the ZhongZhang Expressway (Rt. 74), it's hard to miss the giant blue building and signage of Hot Fish Pier (2, HuanZhong Rd., Sec. 4, Nantun District). This fish-market complex offers not only fresh seafood, but also many unique restaurants and shops, making it the downtown's top one-stop shop for savoring seafood and other special delicacies.

Chao Kang Cheng Gourmet Cuisine Plaza Buffet Le Soleil

Chao Kang Cheng Gourmet Cuisine Plaza Buffet Le Soleil

(04) 2386-3322
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 2:30-5 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking available.

Taichung's famous Chao Kang Cheng restaurant has opened a buffet restaurant in Hot Fish Pier. Le Soleil offers all kinds of dining options, including seafood, teppanyaki, Japanese cuisine, casseroles, salads, drinks and desserts. The restaurant also serves all-you-can-eat Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Meals are NT$538-598 per person and afternoon tea is NT$298-398.

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Geeyo Food

Geeyo Food

(04) 2381-9602
Hours: 10 am-8 pm
No service charge.
Cash only.

All kinds of fish floss and meat floss are available here (from NT$200 per 500 grams).

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Ten-In Veggie World

Ten-In Veggie World

(04) 2382-0011
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-9 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking available.

Ten-In provides catering services for wedding banquets, conferences, year-end dinner parties and family reunions. Popular, creative a la carte dishes include Chinese Mahogany Tofu Casserole, Braised Three Cups Mushrooms, Stir-Fried Water Lilies, and Stir-Fried Field Mustard with Sugarcane Shoots (NT$168-228). There are also hot pots (NT$250), set meals for four diners (NT$1,200) and table set menu (NT$3,000).

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Zhong Gang Haojia Seafood Plaza

Zhong Gang Haojia Seafood Plaza

(04) 2381-9061
Hours: 11 am-8 pm
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.
Parking available.

This famous vintage restaurant from Wuqi district offers reasonably-priced seasonal seafood. Various seafood offerings include salads and cold dishes (NT$150-220), grilled items (NT$150-250), fried dishes (NT$100-200), stir-fried dishes (NT$150-350) and traditional Taiwanese snacks (NT$40-150). Cooking service is also available here (NT$100-500, varies by dish).

The Xishi Clams are boiled, then chilled while Clam Salad (NT$250) is chewy, juicy and delicious. Pan-Fried Squid (NT$250) goes well with either Chinese seafood sauces or salt and pepper.

Seagrape Salad (NT$280) contains seagrape--a special vegetable from Okinawa whose tiny, caviar-like seeds emit a unique salty flavor when crushed in your mouth. The uncommon Stir-Fried Crystal Algae (NT$180) entree has a fine, soft fiber and it goes well with sesame oil and ginger, giving its flavor extra depth.

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鮪御水產專門店

Weiyu Seafood Restaurant

(04) 761-9188
Hours: 10:30 am-8:30 pm (closed Tuesdays)
Cash only.
No service charge.
Parking available.

If you love sashimi and nigirizushi (hand-pressed sushi), then Weiyu might be your new top choice. The restaurant has its own team of deep-sea fishermen and every catch is specially inspected, so you don't have to worry about food quality. Surprisingly reasonably prices are another great reason to give this place a try.

Sashimi options (NT$270/ 1 flavor, 7 slices) include tuna, salmon stomach, sailfish or Southern Bluefin Tuna (NT$350/ 7 slices). Assorted Sashimi is NT$270. Nigirizushi (NT$30-80/ 2 sushi) flavors include egg, salmon and sea urchin. Prepared with a blowtorch, Grilled Nigirizushi (NT$50-60/ 2 sushi) has a totally unique flavor and options like tuna stomach, sailfish stomach, salmon stomach and scallops.

Besides sashimi and nigirizushi, the restaurant also offers Taiwanese stir-fried dishes like Stir-Fried Mambo Fish (NT$200), Spareribs with Pepper and Salt (NT$200), Grilled Chicken Wings, Scallops with Miso, and Grilled Squid (NT$25-120).

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Lao San's Sea House

Lao San's Sea House

(04) 2380-5912
Hours: 10 am-7 pm (closed Mondays)
Cash only.

Lao San's Sea House offers high-end seafood, including live king crabs (NT$4,000-6,000 each; about 1.5-2.5 kg per crab), Boston Lobster (NT$800-5,000), and live abalone (NT$600 per 500 grams). There are also other crabs and live seafood, making Lao San the place to indulge a love for tasty fresh seafood.

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Wanpeng Seafood Store

Fresh Seafood
Wanpeng Seafood Store

(04) 2381-4493
Hours: 10 am-7 pm (closed Mondays)
Cash only.

Wanpeng offers fresh or frozen seafood, seasonal fish, cultured fish and sashimi. You can cook fresh oysters (NT$120 per kg.) yourself or have Zhong Gang Haojia (noted above) cook them for you. These taste delicious either raw or grilled. If you're looking for a good place to buy any kind of fresh seafood, Wanpeng is a great choice.

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Oujisang's Shop

Oujisang's Shop

(04) 2381-3089
Hours: 10 am-8 pm
Cash only.

Oujisang's Shop offers all kinds of candy, cookies, dried-seafood products, frozen seafood, seasonings and spices from Japan.

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Yum-yum Fish Floss

Yum-yum Fish Floss

0980-088-655
Hours: 10 am-8 pm
Cash only.

This business offers grilled squid filets, cod candy and dried grilled squid (NT$100/pack), as well as salmon, sailfish and tuna floss (NT$200-300 per 500 grams).

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