Yongle Shao Rou Fan

Yongle Shao Rou Fan (Yǒnglè Shāo Ròu Fàn 永樂燒肉飯) If you judge a shop’s food by how busy it is, then the food at jam-packed Yongle Shao Rou Fan should be divine. And quite frankly, it is. This is a shop that’s been around for over 60 years and so they know their business. Specializing … Continue reading

Julius Mannich Merchant House

Julius Mannich Merchant House (Dōngxīng Yángháng 東興洋行) Foreigners were barred from trading in Taiwan for most of the Qing dynasty, but the 1858 Treaty of Tianjin forced open four harbors in Taiwan to foreign traders. Anping was one of them. The five big foreign trading companies of the time were Bains & Co., Boyd & … Continue reading

Kaiji Matsu Temple

Kaiji Matsu Temple (Kāijī Tiānhòu Gōng 開基天后宮) While the Grand Matsu Temple was the first to be dedicated as an “Official Rights Tianhou Temple,” the first temple in the historic Chikan area devoted to Matsu is the nearby Kaiji Matsu Temple. Kaiji means inaugural, which makes one think this is the oldest Matsu temple in … Continue reading

Ah Cun Beef Soup

Ah Cun Beef Soup

Ah Cun Beef Soup (Ā Cún Niúròu Tāng 阿村牛肉湯) Believe it or not, you can go out to eat beef soup at 4 a.m. in Tainan. You might wonder why this particular dish is served at this particular hour. Is it to service early-rising construction workers? Maybe it’s because this is when the bars let … Continue reading