◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting
◎Photos by Lan Ciou-huei
The neighborhood surrounding Kaohsiung's Light Rail station Kaisyuan Jhonghua (C4) is well-known for its variety of eateries. Jiou Jiou Pork Jerky (address: No. 15, Ln. 138, Jhenhua St.,) is located in Cianjhen's Second Public Retail Market. Its specialties include handmade traditional pork jerky and pork floss, which contain no artificial favoring. Cianjhen Street also has a cluster of popular lunchtime eateries, including Cai's Checkered Dried Rice Noodles (address: No. 231, Cianjhen St., Cianjhen Dist.) and Hong Kong-style roasted meats. Another popular eatery is Cianjhen Fired Rice (address: No. 272, Cianjhen St.), which is located near Cianjhen Police Station. Cianjhen Fired Rice uses the popular Taitung, Chihshang Rice. When the rice is fried, it comes out fluffy and golden but not oily.
Visitors are encouraged to try out Kaohsiung's new light rail system in order to get to the Dream Mall Station, where the next recommended restaurant is located. Head toward Duck Village (address: No. 34, Kuojian 1st Rd.), located at the intersection of Chenggong and Kuojian Roads. It has a large customer base and features three types of duck dishes, including shaved roasted duck, stir fried leftover bones and crispy fried leftover bones. Young customers are especially fond of crunchy crispy fried leftover bones. Duck Village is meticulous about its preparation, including cleaning and marinating the ducks, drying them thoroughly and finally roasting them. The succulent roasted duck comes from a marinade of Thai basil, fried ginger slices and a generous sprinkle of pepper and salt. This can also be customized for each customer's taste preference and is best enjoyed with alcoholic beverages.
Cianjhen Night Market is a great place to sample many types of inexpensive tasty local cuisines. These include fried seafood, wet fried eel noodles, squid pottage soup, cuttlefish noodles, stinky tofu, oyster omelets and shaved ice etc. One of its specialties includes a variety of types duck dishes. Its most famous is duck vermicelli which is served in a slightly sweet soup.
Another highlight of Cianjhen Night Market is Chen's Eight Treasure Ice stall, at the intersection between Kuojian Rd. and Chenggong Rd.). This desert restaurant was established 43 years ago. Its ingredients are always very fresh and meticulously prepared. Its signature is a dish with chewy, handmade rice-flour balls. The owner also recommends, A-syue Tofu Pudding next door. A-syue features the great summer treat of iced taro. Another popular desert is Cianjhen's Old QQ Noodles (address: No. 134-2, Cianjhen Lane., Cianjhen District). The famous noodles are much loved by local residents.
There is an abundance of local delicacies to be discovered in Kaohsiung. With Kaohsiung's new Light Rail's Kaisyuan Jhonghua and Dream Mall Stations, it is convenient for visitors to explore the area and provides an opportunity to experience these restaurants and night markets. Take some time to visit this area that is full of culinary delights and sample the local food. It also provides a great chance to get to know local residents and their culture.