November 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 11
2, Chungcheng 2nd Road, section 29
Santimen Village, Ping Tung County
Reservations only are requested.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW
VISITOR RATINGS & REVIEWS
All Natural Dining
at Dakivali Restaurant
by Karen Schmitt / translated by
Photo Credit ("Cinavu"): Taiwan Aborigine Foundation
grills, stationed along the road to Santimen Village, serve hungry
tourists and neighbors. Pork rind sizzles over the coals, and mountains
of yams steaming in their skins are piled high in woven baskets.
Add to this a kettle of wild greens and you have the makings of
a Paiwan meal. But, save your appetite and head to Dakivali Restaurant
for a full-fledged aboriginal dinner in delightful settings.
Owned and operated by Wu-amei of Paiwan descent,
Dakivali serves aboriginal fare together with a lush jungle view
out the raised bamboo shutters. Authentic foods are featured, like
"Cinavu" (pork and taro rolled in ginger leaves), "Avai"
(millet bundles with pork and fish), Sweet Potato Leaves, Pumpkin
Rice or broiled Mountain Fish. Foods are artfully arranged in natural
containers of bamboo, wicker and taro leaves or on slate slabs.
Set meals range from NT$150-NT$250. Companies plan parties for employees
here, and tourists often frequent the place. However, it's strictly
closed on Sundays as Wu-amei spends the day helping at the local
cooking relies upon simple methods, yet efforts behind the scenes
require plenty of advance work. The crops are harvested fresh
from the fields, cleaned, and prepared for the stove. Amounts
are rationed carefully; surplus is never taken and all portions
of plants are used from roots to stems and leaves. Traditionally,
only adult fish and game were sacrificed to the table sparing
the young to grow to maturity in the wilds. Aboriginal peoples
respect the land and its bounty, taking only what they need.
In fact, when drinking millet wine, a few drops are splashed
in the air and on the ground to honor the spirits. In contrast
to Chinese fare, valued as medicinal, aboriginal food is mystic.
Representing everything natural, and in the spirit of group
harmony, a Paiwan meal is pure and simple and satisfying.
It's a bit challenging to find Dakivali, but stop
and ask. Everyone's happy to show you the way. You may have to park
at some distance, but a stroll in the hills to reach the restaurant