Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Good Eats: Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant, Hualien, Taiwan


Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant  03-862-1033.  That the owner of this restaurant featuring creative traditional Truku cuisine is an artist is apparent.  His art work is displayed throughout and for sale.  Also, his rustic wood pieces are used for tables and benches in the restaurant, where the expansive dining room opens to a view of the not-too-distant ocean.  Special aboriginal foods on the menu include wild vegetables, bracken, cinnamon pig, and bamboo rice that is cooked in a covered tube of bamboo that is popped opened by noisily whacking it against a post.  Pieces of delicious roasted chicken with skin is memorable.  Cats have free roam, and are quick to dispense with leftovers on abandoned plates.  Several gift shops sell works by the artist owner as well as by a weaver who demonstrates her skills on the spot.

entrance to Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
entrance to Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

gift shop at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
gift shop at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

kitchen at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
kitchen at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

appetizer at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
appetizer at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

leaf-covered rice at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
leaf-covered rice at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

bamboo rice at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
bamboo rice at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

cat at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
cat at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan

weaver at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan
weaver at Dageeli Tribe House Restaurant in Hualien, Taiwan


In this video, restaurant personnel lead a song about appreciating the beauty of nature that everyone in Taiwan learns in elementary school.




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8 comments:

  1. we visited Hualien during a 1997 trip to Taiwan. Hard to believe it was almost 20 years ago. I don't recall having any meals there though. The culinary highlight of our trip was a 10 course banquet with some of my husband's colleagues in Taipei. I was the only woman present. The physicians he met with there were all men and apparently were not in the habit of bringing their wives to work functions.

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  2. What an interesting place. Certainly looks to be off the beaten path, but also looks like very good and authentic food.

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  3. Art, food and ambience, it all works for me.

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  4. Seeing that most of the diners know the song does this mean most of them were locals? Certainly looks like a unique place. Love how they use leaves and bamboo as part of the "dish".

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    1. Yes, I think everyone else but us were local/Taiwanese.

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  5. How interesting... I'd especially like to try the wild vegetables and bracken.

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  6. It's time for lunch- and this really made me hungry- sadly, my lunch won't be as tempting as this food. Never heard of Truku cuisine but would love to try it.

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  7. What a great setting and the plates all look beautiful. That sign between the treetops is amazing!

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