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KAOHSIUNG DINING FEATURE

FYI SOUTH Magazine, October 2005.

Train Station Restaurant


2-1, TianJin St, Kaohsiung City
(07) 321-9986
Hours:Everyday 11 am-9 pm
Closed every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

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By Guy Abouttown Translated by Annie Liu

Carefully tucked away behind JiouRu Road (in the wholesale clothes district) it was by chance that this writer found the Train Station Restaurant. While waiting for a friend to arrive at the Kaohsiung Main Train station I came across a traditional Taiwanese open-air restaurant, packed with people enjoying hot pot and other dishes, right next to the railroad tracks.

Mr. Lin, the owner and cook, is always there to greet his customers with a friendly hello. This is very much a family business, with Mrs. Lin and other family members helping out in the kitchen and serving dishes to customers. The Train Station Restaurant gives one the feeling of a little piece of the country set right in the middle of Kaohsiung. Although this is hardly a fancy restaurant, Mr.Lin has spent years adding bits and pieces to the place, giving it the very authentic feeling of an old-time country train station. No wonder one feels instantly at home here.

Mr. Lin specializes in traditional Taiwanese dishes, but Chinese and Hakkanese dishes can also be found on the menu. Most dishes cost between NT$80 and NT$120 and the portions are large, so two people can easily eat their fill, have a few drinks and still walk out for under NT$500. The large egg pancake with turnip and green pepper, Konpao chicken, tofu chicken, beef with green pepper, stir-fry cabbage and most fish dishes are all great choices. They also have their own milk tea stand. Currently there are no English menus, but ordering is easy enough and the Lin family will happily help.

Getting there can be a little tricky. Head east down JiouRu Road, pass the Kaohsiung Main Train station and turn left on TianJin St Street. Follow it until the end and you are there (right on the train tracks).

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