Turning off the main road, it is very obvious that this is a major stop for many people on the trek to warmer, sandier parts of Taiwan. Dodging the many cameras and teenagers posing with the ubiquitous peace sign it is a little relief that this place is accustomed to travelers.
At the entrance, there is a menu from which to order. There are several groups of items to order or you can order a la carte pieces of fish from the showcases. After ordering you sit down at the first available table and place your marker on the table. A server comes by and gets a drink order. Then the food arrives as it is finish cooking.
Fish Skin Salad – Huh? What the heck is that? My fixer explained that this is the skin from very large fishes. It is boiled and chilled, sliced and served with a ginger, garlic, chili sauce. The texture is firm and crisp. The flavor is clean and savory. A very refreshing dish on a hot day.
Miso Fish Soup – This soup is made with fish tails, fins, and head. Tofu, seaweed, and scallions are added to the broth. It is a simple, light, and very flavorful soup.
Fish Stomach in Ginger and Vinegar Sauce – Have you ever seen fish stomach this big? There is that mystery large fish again. No one really could translate the name. I don’t care. No there is not a chicklet taste. Neither is it a fishy taste. The clean, crisp, vinegar and ginger flavors with scallions and mung bean makes this a unique treat.
Fried Fish – ever so lightly battered and served with pepper in the side. Delicate and flaky.
Onion Salad – chilled onion, dressed with ginger and garlic vinaigrette. Stunningly bright.
Salmon and White Fish Sashimi – fresh and vibrant.
The light traveler’s meal served here is marvelous. A little of this and that, washed down with one or two or three Taiwan beers is the perfect filler to get back on the road. Hey, I am not driving. I have to say that the food preparation is definitely unique to this part of the country, for I did not see this anywhere else. My fixer, who is native to these parts concurred. This restaurant serves as a pit stop with great food. If I were living in Taiwan, I may make the trip often just to eat here. In as much as this serves as just a stop, I believe this could be a destination.