Category Archives: Taiwanese food

Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園: A Time Capsule Restaurant

Go back in time at Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園 in Taichung.

Go back in time at Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園 in Taichung.

There’s a deep fascination in Taiwan about the early 20th century.  It was certainly an eventful time, going from occupied by Japan to an independent nation, yet under control by a solitary political party.  Though there were many tumultuous events, this period is highly romanticized.  Perhaps it’s the aesthetic, or the conception that it was a simpler time, or because these cultural aspects have been pushed aside by modern society.  Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園 in Taichung is a theme restaurant that aims to play on the allure of the era.  Part-museum, part-restaurant, it’s certainly a place worth visiting.  Check out some pictures after the jump.

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Ichihuku 一福堂: Taste the Sun

You can get all the samples you want at Ichihuku 一福堂 in Taichung.

You can get all the samples you want at Ichihuku 一福堂 in Taichung.

Taichung’s tastiest creation is the suncake, a flaky pastry made with malt sugar.  Though not the most famous suncake seller in the city, Ichihuku 一福堂 makes a good one, while also offering some other great options including a delicious lemon cake.  Check out some photos from my visit.

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Tu Hsiao Yueh 度小月: A Taste of Taiwanese Tradition

A front row view of your food.

A front row view of your food.

One of the biggest appeals to Taiwan is the sheer volume of quality food.  For those who want traditional Taiwanese eats, Tu Hsiao Yueh is a great option with several signature dishes and a great atmosphere.  It originated in 1895 in Tainan, but has since spread to Taipei.  I’ve visited both the Tainan and Taipei stores, so read on to find out more about this great restaurant.

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