Saturday, October 17, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Taitung 台东 - Donghe Baozi 东河包子

Photo By: Elin Chow
Address: No. 420, Nandonghe, Donghe Village, Donghe Township, Taitung, Taiwan 台东县东河乡南东河420号

Feeling hungry after a visit to Terrace of The Three Immortals / Sanxiantai 三仙台风景区, we dropped into a famous local Baozi shop named Donghe Baozi 东河包子 for a quick snack just to hold us over until lunch time.

There is the only one Donghe Baozi shop in entire Taiwan. The shop does not have any separate branches, so make sure you visit the right one located on the main road, opposite of 7-Eleven in Donghe Village, Taitung.

Upon entering, we were delighted that the shop was not crowded with tourists. There was no queue in the shop, so we did not have to wait too long for our order.

The menu offers 5 different flavors Bao for patrons to choose from - Meat Bao 肉包, Suan Cai (Sour Vegetables) Bao 酸菜包, Bamboo Shoot Bao 竹笋包, Red Bean Bao 红豆包 and Peanut Bao 花生包

We got one of each bao to try and all of them were delightfully flavourful. The bao are soft, puffy and does not stick to the teeth. Each of it was served fresh and hot from the steamer, which warms the mouth with every bite.

It was great that the bao were also a good size with generous portion of filling inside. 
I actually found all of the bao good, but not exceptionally delicious. Among the 5, I like the Meat Bao the most. 

Other than Bao, the menu also offers 2 soups - Meat Ball Soup 贡丸汤 and Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup 苦瓜排骨汤. Knowing that we have to try the soups as well, we ordered both of the Meat Ball and Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs Soup along with Bao. However, the soups did not turn out to be as delicious as we expected it to be.

There are many reasons to travel. Food is obviously, one of them! Donghe Baozi is undoubtedly one of the must-try food when you are visiting Taitung in Taiwan.

The prices were reasonable, especially given the generous portion size. They were as big as my palm and even though the bao were not incredibly unique or tasty, I would still recommend anyone visiting Taitung to try them out. Donghe Baozi is definitely worth a try!

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan!

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