Welcome to our new upgraded phpbb 3.2 forum! The upgrade is now complete. See announcement and new features here, or report any problems or issues here. Thanks for your patience.



Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Monday nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE AFA Seminar! See locations and dates here.



View Active Topics       View Your Posts       Latest 100 Topics       FAQ Topics


Yilan, Taiwan

Post your trip reports, travel experiences, and updates abroad. Or your expat story if you already live overseas. Note: To post photos and images, insert the image URL between the tags [img]and[/img] after uploading them to a third party site.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Post Reply
momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 4758
Joined: September 1st, 2007, 5:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Yilan, Taiwan

Post by momopi » June 4th, 2015, 6:24 am

Ah, Yilan, beautiful coastal area with green mountains, waterfalls, cold springs, beaches, booze (whisky factory), and clean air away from Taipei. Wait, I'm just there for the cherry valley duck!


http://www.yelp.com/biz/%E7%B4%85%E6%A8%93%E4%B8%AD%E9%A4%90%E5%BB%B3-%E5%AE%9C%E8%98%AD%E5%B8%82
http://www.silksplace-yilan.com.tw/en/food_red.html
http://www.pacejmiller.com/2014/07/08/cherry-valley-duck-at-red-lantern-silks-place-yilan/

Quack Quack (Call ahead and make reservation for "Cherry Valley Duck")

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Jester
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 7875
Joined: January 20th, 2009, 10:10 am
Location: Chiang Mai Thailand

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by Jester » June 4th, 2015, 6:33 am

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
"Well actually, she's not REALLY my daughter. But she does like to call me Daddy... at certain moments..."

momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 4758
Joined: September 1st, 2007, 5:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by momopi » June 4th, 2015, 6:33 am

Xian Jin Seafood Diner (先進海產店), Taipei, Taiwan

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293913-d6143124-Reviews-Xian_Jin_Seafood_Diner-Taipei.html
http://superp.pixnet.net/blog/post/34652271-%5B%E5%B0%8F%E5%BA%97%E9%A3%9F%E8%A8%98%5D%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97%E7%9A%84%E5%85%88%E9%80%B2%E6%B5%B7%E7%94%A2%E5%BA%97%E4%B9%8B%E7%94%9F%E6%84%8F%E7%88%86%E5%A5%BD%E8%B6%85%E6%8E%A8
http://maverick007.pixnet.net/blog/post/30253416-%E2%98%86-%E5%85%88%E9%80%B2%E6%B5%B7%E7%94%A2%E5%BA%97

This is a road side hole in the wall seafood place that has gotten famous with celebrities visiting. You need to call to make reservation, but I suggest going earlier than later. The dishes prepared at 5:30PM when it's not busy will have a lot more love in it than 7:30PM when the cook is slammed.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

When ordering, specify "Small" or "Large" portion. I recommend small portions to start. Despite being a seafood place, the pork liver, pig intestine w/green onion, and fried rice are all excellent if ordered when they're not busy. The regulars tend to order sashimi here, but since I had just eaten quite a bit at Tsukiji in Japan the week prior, I opted for other dishes instead.

zboy1
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 4561
Joined: October 4th, 2007, 5:33 am

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by zboy1 » June 5th, 2015, 3:48 pm

Looks absolutely delicious, Momopi! When I went to Taiwan, I didn't get to try the local cuisine very much, unfortunately. I wanted to eat at Din Tai Fung, but we were sidetracked at the last second.Anyway, the food is something I would go back to Taiwan for, again.

momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 4758
Joined: September 1st, 2007, 5:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by momopi » June 6th, 2015, 12:28 am

zboy1 wrote:Looks absolutely delicious, Momopi! When I went to Taiwan, I didn't get to try the local cuisine very much, unfortunately. I wanted to eat at Din Tai Fung, but we were sidetracked at the last second.Anyway, the food is something I would go back to Taiwan for, again.


Ding Tai Feng is a global chain, check their web site for location near you. Not saying the one here in Los Angeles is better than Taiwan, but at least it's avail.

Falcon
Experienced Poster
Posts: 1828
Joined: November 7th, 2011, 12:59 am

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by Falcon » July 3rd, 2015, 7:51 pm

Wonderful Momopi, awesome food pics! I went to eastern Taiwan with my family during my high school years. The scenery around Hualien is very similar to that of the Philippines. I missed out on Yilan though.

I haven't had Asian food that's strictly non-spicy for a while. I'll be in Taiwan next week and can't wait to try some of the local treats. I've been stuffing my mouth with hot chilis for the past few months, so I'll have to get ready to transition to the much milder Taiwanese cuisine.

momopi
Elite Upper Class Poster
Posts: 4758
Joined: September 1st, 2007, 5:44 am
Location: Orange County, California

Re: Yilan, Taiwan

Post by momopi » July 4th, 2015, 8:49 pm

Falcon wrote:Wonderful Momopi, awesome food pics! I went to eastern Taiwan with my family during my high school years. The scenery around Hualien is very similar to that of the Philippines. I missed out on Yilan though.

I haven't had Asian food that's strictly non-spicy for a while. I'll be in Taiwan next week and can't wait to try some of the local treats. I've been stuffing my mouth with hot chilis for the past few months, so I'll have to get ready to transition to the much milder Taiwanese cuisine.


Yilan was actually a BFE area of TW, but since they opened the tunnel many people from Taipei have gone to Yilan to purchase weekend retreats. They typically buy a SFR on a lot of land and plant rice and veggies, then visit on weekend to get away from Taipei and tend their gardens. Somewhat like what folks in Tokyo in Beijing do.

The real estate in Yilan used to be very cheap, but prices have gone up a lot since 2007-2008. Back then I was engaged to a girl in Taipei who insisted that I move to TW. I did not like Taipei's pollution but Yilan was close enough and the property prices were far cheaper. They also opened a nice shooting range in Yilan:
http://www.szfang.com.tw/history/history.aspx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLb8uT8YhQU

The facility is newer and cleaner than the old one in Taipei (Linkou) that started as a facility for United States Air Force Security Service decades ago. However due to TW's strict gun laws it's very difficult to import your own shotgun unless if you're a professional competitor. To buy a shotgun legally in TW you have to join the sports association (NT 60000 fee + NT 6000/year) and I think you're only allowed to register up to 2 guns under the association, so people tend to buy expensive stuff.

If you ever make it out to Yilan and want to go for a swim around Suao, be warned that the beach is "rocky" and the drop is big. That is, you waddle in 2-3 feet of water, then suddenly it's like 8-10 ft deep. They also have cold springs but avoid on weekends.

Post Reply

Return to “Trip Reports, Travel Experiences, Expat Stories”