Something Special : 曼波鱼 Mola Mola

Hualien is very popular of Mola Mola fish. This is also the first time i got to know what is Mola Mola fish.. or some, they call it Ocean Sunfish. 曼波鱼,早称为翻车鱼。因为翻车鱼这名称对渔夫来说很不吉利。所以他们改称它为曼波鱼。也可能是它体型的关系。。曼波鱼游泳的时候是翻来翻去的。。很像在跳曼波舞。所以取名为曼波鱼。

22153b3d4c518d83Humongous right? It attracts me when I first get to know this fish, its like.. that is really huge!! 很大对吧。当我知道它的体型是也吓了一跳!那么大只!!

Mola_molaHualien they have this season of Mola Mola fish, they follow the Kuroshio current at Chihsingtan Beach to Hualien every year. 而它们是随着七星潭的黑潮而游过花莲的。。

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Here’s a youtube video showing Mola Mola fish in the ocean. Credits to Jeff Chen. 看看海里的曼波鱼哦

 

We were lucky it was Mola Mola fish season when we were at Hualien.. so i decided to make it at the top of my list for the must eat dish in Hualien! 刚好我们在花莲的时候是曼波鱼的季节。。 就这样。。 它就变成了我们必尝的料理之一了

The famous restaurant serving mola mola fish is called “san guo yi” but its closed down. I went to the one near our place.. 比较出名的曼波鱼料理店叫三国一。。可是不幸的结业了。。我们只好在网上随便找一间咯

DSC07512It was a very fine decorated restaurant.. 葛爸的鱼!好特别的名字

DSC07498Spacious but maybe its still very early, theres not much crowd yet. 可能还很早吧。。没什么客人。。可是里面的装潢还蛮好的

DSC07500We order the house specials — Roselle Vinegar Juice & Pineapple Vinegar Juice. The Roselle one is alright. Pineapple was way too normal. Hehehe 我们点了他们家特制的洛神花果醋和凤梨果醋。洛神花的还不醋。凤梨的就太普通了

So here comes the Mola Mola dish — 曼波鱼料理来了

DSC07502First up — Marinated Mola Mola soft bone. 曼波鱼软骨

DSC07504It was jelly-like. Quite tasteless, no fishy smell and that’s a good thing. But the combination of the vegetables and the sweet and spicy sauce is overall alright. 很像果冻。口感QQ的。没什么味道。也没有鱼腥味。。就靠着那些腌制品和酸酸甜甜的酱料来调。

DSC07506Mola Mola fish. The meat itself is…. very very very dry!!! so dry and hard to chew…  曼波鱼肉。那个肉也太太太干柴了吧!非常干。非常硬。很难咀嚼。

DSC07508Not sure whether is the chef’s fault or maybe its originally like that. We ate a few pieces and decided to just abandon it 不好意思的说。真的不是我们的菜啦。可以称是难吃的。鱼本身有一种很土的味道。。加上它的酱汁不会附着在鱼肉上。很淡的酸甜味配上泥土的味道。又干又柴。好难过

DSC07509Mola Mola Intestine. 曼波鱼肠。又称为龙肠。

DSC07511It was extremely chewy. You have to chew for freaking long before you can swallow it. Mola Mola intestine is more to the crunchy type of texture but it was just too hard to chew. But at least.. its way better than the fish meat. 肠子非常的韧。需要咀嚼很久才能吞。龙肠不是属于软嫩的肠子。。它比较属于有弹性脆型的。。可是就是一个字。太韧了!!! 要到嘴巴都酸了还没烂~可是这样也比曼波鱼肉好个几千倍。

The overall eating experience of the Mola Mola fish is a disaster. Even my papa with very very high tolerance of food suggest we just leave. Why ahhhh! I’m stil wondering isit because of the restaurant or Mola Mola fish is eventually like this. I think… they are better off in the sea than on our plate. hohoho! 终结,曼波鱼料理真的不适合我。对我来说很对不起的说是难吃的。好失望!!就连我爸爸不喜欢浪费食物的都不能接受。曼波鱼啊。。。! 我觉得你还是留在海里比较恰当啦。。。不过。。至少有品尝过曼波鱼!:D

 

 

 

Hualien : Chihsingtan Beach 花莲七星潭

Hualien Must Go : Chihsingtan beach 七星潭

DSC07254One of the must visit place in Hualien is the Chihsingtan Beach. Beautiful, Magnificent, Breath-taking, Spectacular… I’ve been to a few beautiful beaches but this one is nothing like that… the sea water is crystal clear.. crystal clear to the extend that it is light blue… I get it like some beautiful beach they have this pretty ocean green clear sea but this is light blue… Light blue!! 

花莲的必去景点– 七星潭。真的很漂亮。很幸运的去过蛮多个国家的海滩。。七星潭就是有点不一样。它的海水是浅蓝色的。很多个海域都有很漂亮的海水。。澳洲日本韩国的有很壮观的蓝色,泰国巴厘岛的青蓝色。。而七星潭的真的是白里透光的浅蓝色。

DSC07221Even when the waves hit, the flow of the waves in light blue as well… did you see that? Did you did you? 当浪打在岸边时,那个漩涡也是浅蓝色的。。有看到吗?

DSC07216Make a clearer look at the sea water… transparent light blue. I’m impressed. I’m falling in love with this place. 好漂亮,看得好舒服

DSC07232If i would to travel alone to Chihsingtan beach.. I would spend the whole afternoon just by sitting at the shore day dreaming. Yes I definitely will. I love nature, I am impressed of beautiful things in the world..  如果是一个人来,我一定就在七星潭躺一个下午。就单单的坐在那放空。闭上眼睛。。用心去感受这美好的景象。

DSC07212One more thing about Chihsingtan beach, theres no sand. Just pebbles..Maybe thats why when the waves strive.. it roll back to the ocean clean… 还有,七星潭都没有沙子。全都是砾石所铺陈的弧形海湾。可能也是这样子,海水一直都那么透彻。

DSC07208_pSo why call it Chihsingtan beach… direct translation from the Mandarin name of chihsingtan beach is “seven star pond”. However, it is not a lake nor a pond. It is a coast line. But why isit called by the name of pond? 为什么叫七星潭呢?它不是一个潭。也不是湖泊。。。 七星潭其实是太平洋的一个海湾。

The history came when Hualien used to have 7 ponds near the airport area, when the Japanese conquer Hualien in the 1936’s, they decided to fill up all the ponds for construction purposes. Japanese then chased all the people living at the area to a coastline called “Yue Ya Wan” which is the initial name of Chihsingtan Beach. The people being chased to “Yue Ya Wan” claimed they were “Chihsingtan” people and hence named “Yue Ya Wan” to “Chihsingtan”.

早期的花莲的确有七星潭。七星潭是指在花莲机场附近的七个潭。在1936年日本占领的时候,日本人要在潭上建设,所以需要把一些潭给填实。住在那里的村民被逼迁移到月牙湾 (月牙湾就是现在七星潭的本名)可是还坚持自称自己是七星潭的人。所以久而久之,就把月牙湾称为七星潭了。

However, the original “chihsingtan” pond is not all filled up. You can still find one at Hualien ShiFan University and two more at Hualien Airport..  如果真的想看看原本的七星潭,还有一潭在花莲师范大学里,另外两个则在花莲机场里。

DSC07209The new “Chihsingtan” beach has become more and more popular ever since. Not only because of the beautiful ocean and coastline, the nature of the coastline leads to the flow of Kuroshio current.. and a lot of fishes follow Kuroshio current to “Chihsingtan” beach especially Mambo fish and its indirectly helps in the fisheries in Hualien. 现在的七星潭不单只是个旅游景点。它更是花莲很重要的渔业盛地。七星潭的地理生态会因黑潮流过而迁进了很多鱼种。很多种有尤其是曼波鱼都是随着黑潮而到了花莲。

Another reason is because when the sky is clear, you can lay on “chihsingtan” beach and watch the “Big Dipper” star.  还有一个典故是因为在天气好的时候,可以在七星潭观看到北斗七星。所以当地人也称它为七星潭。

DSC07201_pI would really want to spend a day to admire the beautiful creation of God. How beautiful. 真的好想好想认真去感受它的美

DSC07235Pay a visit, experience yourselves and understand their history. Things will be more meaningful and you will appreciate more with the history underlaid it. 来七星潭一趟,了解了它的历史典故,往往就是那小小的细节,会让你有更深层的一丝感触。

 

 

What to eat in Hualien? (2/2) 花莲美食

Continuation of What to eat in Hualien? (1/2) 续集花莲美食1篇

DSC07141Hualien is a very peaceful town with less population and a lot of greens. Its slower in pace if compared to the big city like Taipei and KaoShiung. If you are looking for a more relax place to visit, Hualien is what you are looking for. 相比之下,花莲是个比较安静的城市,没有很多华丽的大楼,繁忙的交通,拥挤的人潮,换来的是清晰的空气,干净的城市。

DSC07032So in previous post we mentioned 8 types of food in Hualien. In this post, i’ll be sharing another 6. 第1篇写了8种美食。。接下来的6个就快来了!

In my opinion, I rate my food as : 我把美食的点数分为如下:

Very Nice 好吃  √√√
Still ok 还可以 √√
So so only 很普通啦 √
 

9. 钢管红茶 Dancing Pole Red Tea √

DSC07167They got the name because they stick the menu on the dancing pole. Famous of their almond milk tea and red tea soya bean. Where to find? Just turn around when you are at Gong Zheng Steamed Bun and you can see it. 钢管红茶名副其实就是挂在钢管上!比较受欢迎的饮料就是他们家的红茶豆奶和杏仁茶。钢管红茶很容易找,就在公正包子的对面。留意一下吧!

10. 紫薯冰淇淋 Purple Potato Ice Cream √

DSC07042-horzNot my favourite ice cream. The flavour is very mild and texture wise is normal. 紫薯冰淇淋其实也没有太大的惊喜耶。就真的很普通

11.瑞穗牧场 RuiShui Dairy √√√

DSC07095Try their fresh milk, came all the way from the farm every morning. You cant possibility get any milk fresher than this in town. 瑞穗牧场卖的是鲜奶和乳酪。全城最新鲜的牛奶也非此莫属啦!他们家的牛奶可是当天直接从牧场运过来的哦。一定喝!

DSC07097Apart from their fresh milk, their panna cotta is a blast as well. All made from the daily delivered fresh milk straight from the farm. Yums! 除了牛奶之外,乳酪也是一绝。所有的奶制品都是当天的鲜奶,可以想象有多好吃了吧!

12. 海埔蚵仔煎 Hai Pu Oyster Omelette √√

DSC07117The famous hai pu oyster omelette. Operating hours from 5.30pm to 11.00pm and there is always a queue no matter what time you go. 无人不晓的海埔蚵仔煎。营业时间虽短,从傍晚5点半到晚上11点,可是排队的人潮是不曾减少的哦。

DSC07120Look at the generous amount of Oyster piling up there… the oyster lady never stop flipping the oyster omelette since the business started. 看着那满满的鲜蚵仔。。煎的人手脚也不曾停过呢。。从5点翻到11点。还真是辛苦他了

The outlet only sell Oyster Omelette and Clam Soup. Two and thats all and enough to keep the business busy all the time. 店里只有蚵仔煎和鲜蚵汤。。简单的两种选择已经是让他们忙的不可开交了!

DSC07136Taste Wise.. Maybe of the comments flying all over the place.. i set a very high expectation to it. and it obviously dint meet my expectation. Or maybe just not my kind of Oyster Omelette. It is the very gluey type.. like they added a lot of flour and other things rather than eggs. But oyster wise is very juicy and fresh. Good but not impressive. I like my oyster omelette to be more solid with eggs rather than gluey. 可能是它在网上真的很出名吧,我抱着满满的期望来品尝这道美食。。谁不知,它还没我想象的那么好吃耶。也或许只是口味不对吧。他们家的蚵仔煎是属于那种比较黏稠的而我比较喜欢浆糊不要那么多,最好是蛋和蚵仔多点的。呵呵呵

DSC07130A bowl of clear clam soup. Clear soup with mild sweetness. Not bad 鲜蚵汤也还不错。有点淡可是还算是清甜的

DSC07137Oyster Omelette, Clam Soup with a bowl of Peanut Tofu Pudding. Oh.. Tofu Pudding! The next stall! 完美的组合。。加上隔壁家的花生豆花!

13. 杨子萱冰品 Yang’s Beverages √

DSC07131This stall is located just right next to the Hai Pu Oyster Omelette. Order a glass of the famous AiYu Pudding while queuing up..  海埔蚵仔煎的隔壁就是杨子萱冰品点。他们家出名的是爱玉。。在排队蚵仔煎的当儿可以买一杯来尝尝看哦

DSC07133I am not a big fans of AiYu Pudding so I opt for Peanuts Tofu Pudding! Not Bad! 我不是爱玉冰的粉丝。。所以选择了花生豆花。。花生还蛮绵密的。。豆花也很细很嫩。

14. 台南虱目鱼 Tainan Milk Fish √√

DSC07093The stall opened from night time until early morning 10am. Another stall to put into consideration for Breakfast and Supper. Its an outlet selling common food like Oyster Porridge, Braised Pork rice and a lot of side dishes. I love!!! My comfort food I would say! Supper anyone? 台南虱目鱼这家店晚上才开始营业。。。一直开到早上10点。提供的是宵夜和早餐。卖的也是很亲民的食物。蚵仔粥和卤肉饭更是他们的招牌。不错吧。

Done with the small eateries in Hualien!! Time to show some pictures of the surroundings. Weeee* If you ask me how many days to stay in Hualien? I would say 2 to 3 nights is sufficient. :) 介绍完吃的了。。PO几张花莲的景色吧!花莲说大不大。说小也不小。。如果问我的话。。一般上两三个晚上应该够了哦

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Next Up : Tze-Qiang Night Market

续 :花莲自强夜市

What to eat in Hualien? (1/2) 花莲美食

DSC07037After the guide to Hualien, its time for the food! Different travellers have different perspective and liking when it comes to travelling. For me, I eat to understand the country. So do expect a lot of food in all my travel posts. Street food is something you cant miss in Taiwan. We spent 1 full day to explore the town and to try out all the street food. Limited time as well, that’s the best we could. 

续上一集的花莲之旅。。现在要来吃啦!其实每个人的旅行方法真的是很不同。。我有些朋友旅行一天三餐都可以在便利商店解决。。求的也只是在当地到此一游。。而我呢。。看我的身材就知道我是靠食物来鉴定的!呵呵呵!!小吃是台湾必尝的一项。。而我们呢。。用了一天的时间探索四周。吃遍所有应该吃的!

DSC07032To make it easier for everyone, this is the food map in Hualien. Having the privilege of staying where all the good food is, we can save up in transportation and just walked around for food tasting. This is my food itinerary!

这是我所谓的花莲美食地图。。聪明的我。。定了最靠近美食地图的民宿。。嘿嘿

In my opinion, I rate my food as : 我把美食的点数分为如下:

Very Nice 好吃  √√√
Still ok 还可以 √√
So so only 很普通啦 √

Everyone have different taste buds, mine is a lil bit more heavy. Even like clear soup, I would want it to be flavourful instead of just pure water and onion taste, if you get what i mean :D 口味这种东西每个人都不一样,而我比较属于重口味的。。就算是一碗清汤。。也要很清甜,很有风味。。而不是白水加葱那种。呵呵

1. 阿美麻糬 Amis Mochi  √√

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DSC07496Amis Mochi is unlike other ordinary mochi. The mochi is more compact and dense comparing to the normal mochi we had. It is originated from the amis native in Hualien. I bought the yam flavour. Love yam! hehe 阿美麻糬的口感会比较不同。它是来至花莲的原住民阿美族。。采用小米做的。。所以会比较Q. 

2. 鲨鱼咬吐司木瓜牛奶 Shark Bites Toast Papaya Milk  √√√

DSC07078This is a random outlet we came across which is surprisingly good. They are selling toast and papaya milk. So far the best papaya milk throughout the numerous papaya milk we have tried in both Hualien and Taichung and even Taipei. Very recommended. 鲨鱼咬吐司。。无意中看到的店。。看到它有木瓜牛奶就情不自禁的走进去了。。错有错撞。。真的太好喝了。

DSC07079_pThe papaya milk is really spot on. Strong aromatic sweet papaya with the purest milk shake. Perfect even on a windy day. I love! 木瓜牛奶很浓郁。。木瓜的甜,加上牛奶的鲜。。真的很到位!大爱~

3. 鹅肉先生 Mr Goose  √

DSC07059Mr Goose has been very popular in Hualien. Most Taxi Drivers and even the online post will recommend ones to try out. I tried. Not as what i’ve expected. I had better goose meal in Taipei and Taichung which makes this one probably lack a few points. 鹅肉先生是在花莲数一数二出名的老店。。大家都很大力的推荐。。可能是口味的不同吧。。这家真的有点失望哦。我本人会比较喜欢西门町的那家。

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DSC07062-horzThis is the menu for reference. 看看餐单

DSC07072The goose itself is kind of tasteless. Very mild taste but very strong goose smell. 鹅肉没味道。。而且有点淡淡的腥味。。我不爱

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DSC07077Goose pancreas if not mistaken based on how the boss describe. This is absolutely tasteless but the texture wise it is a lil bit crunchy. I think the sauce makes everything better in taste. 这是鹅尺。。就是肠子下面的一些东西。。虽然没什么味道。。可是鹅尺还蛮脆的。配上它的粘酱。。感觉还不错!

DSC07064All hail the sauce <3 独特的粘酱。。

DSC07075Goose Gizzards. Taste like normal chicken gizzard but softer. 鹅胗。。口感比鸡胗再软嫩一点

DSC07070Glass noodles with minced meat. Not too bad though. 干冬粉。普普

4. 来成排骨 Lai Chen Pork Ribs  √√

DSC07049Initially we are opting for Jing Xiang Pork Ribs which gain more reputation from the locals but.. sadly it was closed that day. We then headed to the second recommended one which is Lai Chen Pork Ribs. 原本想去的京湘排骨那天休假。。所以只好去网上传的轰轰叫的来成排骨。

DSC07048Lai Chen Pork Ribs can be easily found, i guess thats why it is popular on the internet? 来成排骨很容易找。。就在顶顶大名的中正路上。

DSC07051The menu for reference 菜单!

DSC07054We ordered pork rib dry noodles. The noodle is good but there’s hardly any pork rib, the flour is too thick.. where is the meat… T.T 点了排骨干面。。干面有劲Q弹。。可是排骨就差了点。。外层裹的粉还蛮厚的。。几乎都吃不到肉的味道。

DSC07055And some side dishes.. we had the famous golden egg, boiled squid and pork cheek!The golden egg is a blast. Its solid on the outside but the york is very creamy! 还有小菜!怎么可以不点小菜呢!黄金蛋。。小卷和嘴边肉。。黄金蛋略赢。。看看那个溏心蛋黄。。非常绵密非常好吃。。

5. 曾记麻糬 Tzen Mochi  √√

DSC07089Now this is the Hualien famous one. Do not have to worry if you cant find it, it is all over the places.. in the town area where we stay, they have like more than 10 outlets there. Some are as close as opposite each other. 曾记麻糬是花莲数一数二的特产。不用担心你找不到。。因为他真的是偏部整个市区。。几乎走几步路就会看到一间。。

Originated from an old man surnamed chen who made good mochi. The son in law hence borrowed his name and start the mochi business.. and i bet you can see his success in HuaLien. It is really all over the place. 来源是一位姓曾的老爷爷。。做麻糬很有一手。。于是女婿就借用了他的名来打天下。。鼓而言之。。做的还真成功呢

DSC07082This mochi is different again from the Amis Mochi i mentioned earlier. This is the soft mochi like what we had but of coz, the big difference is that they are homemade. There is no preservatives added and therefore, it can only last for 1 day. If you would like to bought some back for friends and family, you can only opt for the one packages but the taste is much different. 曾记麻糬和阿美麻糬有不同了。。他的口感比较像我们常常迟到的麻糬。。唯有不同的是他们家的麻糬是每天现做的。。没有添加防腐剂。。也因为这样子。。麻糬也只能放一天的时间。最还是现买现吃。。如果硬要买会去当礼品。。你们也可以买现成包装好的。。可是。。口感就有差了!

DSC07484I bought the famous peanuts one. The mochi is soft and the peanuts is very fragrant. It is good enough but i still love the yam one 买一颗花生口味的。。麻糬相当的软Q. 花生也很香。可是本小姐还是独爱我的芋头口味的啦

DSC07087Cant resist to buy the yam one.. the yam is freshly mashed with still some chunks inside. And the portion of yam fillings, satisfied! 芋头口味。。我的首选!陷都满出来了。。芋头很浓郁。。而且还有一点芋头的颗粒。。好幸福!!

6. 花莲水果 Local Fruits  √

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DSC07487Now this is a little bit disappointing. I remembered I had the best fruits in Taipei for a lot of times but Hualien ones are very disappointing. I’ve tried quite a few types of fruits throughout the whole trip but nothing is impressive. I guess i went to the wrong season? Fruits in summer and winter are way much better 台湾水果一直都是我的大爱。。可是这次的水果都蛮失望的。别说了 T.T

7. 公正包子 Gong Zheng Steamed Bun  √√√

DSC07091Its open for 24 hours!!! The very infamous steamed bun in Hualien. Go to the right then you dont have to queue… Go to the wrong hours like dinner time and supper time or even morning time from around 9am something and you will get this. 二十四小时营业的公正包子。。来对时间就不用排队。。如果不幸在用餐的时候到。。就勉强排一正子咯。。

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DSC07157The steamed bun is good and cheap. TWD 5 for each. 美味的包子。。便宜又好吃

DSC07158Very simple fillings like only minced meat with very very very little of onion. Simple but very juicy and flavourful. Becareful when you take the first bite, its very JUICY! 肉包子的陷料是很单纯的猪肉。。没有多余的菜和有的没的。。就是小孩子的肉包子。面皮很Q. 是有密度的。。不会因为有汤汁而变的糊糊的。。还有千万要叮咛。。吃的时候要小心哦,会爆浆滴~

8. 周记蒸饺 Zhou’s Steamed Dumplings  √√√

DSC07160It is located just beside Gong Zheng steamed bun. Selling exactly the same thing but so much less queue. Opened 24 hours as well so if you are lazy to queue, jump over to Zhou’s. 在公正包子旁边的是周记蒸饺。。卖一样的东西可是就不用什么排队。。一样是二十四小时营业。。味道也是一样好。。

DSC07155They are specialized in steamed dumplings. Thumbs up really! The dumpling skin is very thin and moist. Fillings are good and seasoning is spot on. TWD 3 for 1.  蒸饺当然是必点。肉质非常鲜美。。汤汁有多。。最重要的也是那个半透明超薄的面皮!让你一吃在吃!

DSC07154We ordered a bowl of meat broth soup to taste. We love it as well. Not too thick with a slight punch of pepper in the soup. Perfect for a morning kick start! 肉羹汤也是绝顶。调味非常适中。。勾芡也刚好。。还有那一点辛辣的胡椒粉。。让你吃了肚子软呼呼的!

So this is part one of Hualien food. Its 11pm now and I think i shall head back to sleep before i get hungry later. Hehehehe!! Stay tune for part 2!! Chaos! 花莲美食第一段到此。待续!

 

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