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Local Cuisine

Where are Kaohsiung's culinary characteristics? The many peoples which are dispersed among Kaohsiung, be they Hoklo, Hakka, or military families (military dependents' village) as well as indigenous, have given rise to Kaohsiung's varied, unique and charming culinary culture; delicacies from the mountains and sea and agricultural and fishery specialties are transformed into the best seasonal selection for sampling.

“Eating” in Kaohsiung is this diverse and alluring!

  • Meinong Dist.

  • Meinong Traditional Hakka Cuisine

Traditional square chairs and table lie under Hakka red flower fabric curtains as the hospitable people of Meinong serve up dish after dish of classic food; pork hock, pork knuckle, braised streaky pork, Hakka stir-fry, stir-fried chitterlings with shredded ginger, pork tripe and pickled vegetable soup... all make the mouth water, but there is more to Meinong cuisine than strong salty and sour flavors: stewed cabbage, slowly cooked over a charcoal fire, and stewed wax gourd are tender and have a mild sweetness.
Jade-green, crunchy stir-fried white water snowflake is exclusive to this unpolluted land, and is a specialty which is the pride of Meinong.
The South of Taiwan produces much fruit, and in high season, tomatoes are pickled and soy beans added to pineapple to make pickled pineapple; the sweet and sour taste of fish or chicken soup made with pickled pineapple is unforgettable. This local cuisine made with local ingredients can be found only in the small Hakka town of Meinong.

  • Tianliao Dist.

  • Moon World Mud Chicken

As the soil of the Moon World's badlands has high salinity, free-range chicken meat raised in the area is fresh and sweet, with no gamey smell. Dishes which feature such meat include the “Mud Volcano Chicken” unique to Taiwan, in which sauce made with mud from a mud volcano is used to wrap a whole chicken, and then slowly roast it over three hours to improve its flavor, completely preserving the freshness and essence of the chicken, which is extremely well-received.When eating, wooden mallets are used to break the covering up to get at the chicken, also adding more than a little anticipation and novelty. Local goat meat is soft, fresh and not gamey, tastes great whether stir-fried, stewed, braised, simmered or fried. In short, it is a must-try for visiting tourists.

  • Namaxia Dist. / Taoyuan Dist.

  • Indigenous Cuisine

Indigenous Taiwanese, who inhabit a vast, clean environment, subsisted mainly by hunting or picking wild vegetables, acquiring especially fresh and natural vegetables which need not undergo complicated cooking, simply boiling in water or roasting with fire allows one to enjoy the true, natural taste of the dish. Fragrant stone barbecue, wild pig sausage, roasted turtledove, sweet, fresh wild vegetables, and zongzi made with Foxtail Millet, and pounded mochi allow one to experience warm indigenous hospitality.

  • Jiaxian Dist.

  • Taro Cuisine

Due to excellent water and land, Jiaxian taro is especially soft and creamy. Whether made into salty taro rice cakes, taro meatballs, taro salty cake, sweet taro soup, taro ice, or taro cakes and cookies, sweet and salty taro cuisine is mouth-watering.  In recent years the annual Jiaxian Taro and Bamboo Shoot Festival has been held, featuring fresh local produce made into various dishes and taro cooked in novel ways. Want to enjoy a fragrant, creamy sweet and sour taro feast? Visit Jiaxian and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Gangshan Dist. / Fengshan Dist.

  • Hunger in the Military Villages

The officials and soldiers of the Nationalist government and their families who came to Taiwan in 1949 put down roots in military villages (military dependents' villages) around Taiwan, beginning a new life in Taiwan. In that impoverished and hungry time, the inhabitants of military villages from all over China had little food, which led to every village developing its own cuisine, which developed into unique military village cuisine through many years of exchange and fusion. Nostalgic sentiment emerged, and although the old Mainlander soldiers brought together by the times have gradually withered, this hybrid military village cuisine has already become part of Taiwanese tradition and heritage.

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Last Updated:2019-06-20 14:06:56