Ali Seafood Restaurant

No.20-1, Shawei Rd., Hengchun Township, Pingtung County 946, Taiwan

This was the lunch stop on the way to Kenting from Tainan. Why here? This restaurant prepares and serves seafood indigenous to these parts.

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.

Cold Fish Skin in Ginger and Vinegar Sauce

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.

Fish Miso Soup 2

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

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

Fried Fish – ever so lightly battered and served with pepper in the side. Delicate and flaky.

Onion Salad

Onion Salad – chilled onion, dressed with ginger and garlic vinaigrette. Stunningly bright.

Salmon Sashimi

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.

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