Food in Hualien is exceptional and very tasty. Just like in most Taiwanese cities, you will be able to find food stalls on every corner, bustling night markets in selected neighborhoods and exquisite upscale restaurants scattered all over the city. However, there is more to Hualien than that and I want to tell you, what else can your taste buds expect, if you come to visit this lovely city. There are three dishes Hualien is especially famous for: Wontons 餛飩, a kind of a delicate dumpling, muachi 麻糬, Japanese rice cake and tiramisu 提拉米蘇, the famous Italian dessert. This shows, that the food is a mix of international and local, something that is well reflected in the lifestyle and atmosphere of the city. But there's even more than these three dishes, that made Hualien famous all over Taiwan. You can find extremely popular restaurants and stalls, where people stand in line for half an hour or more. I have nowhere seen an image like this and believe me, I've seen a lot of Taiwan. Since I had such a good experience with food in Hualien, I've put together a small collection of the must-try food, if you chance to stay in this beautiful city.
My list of recommended food, stalls and restaurants in Hualien:
1. Wontons 餛飩
2. Xiaolongbao 小籠包 at 周家蒸餃
3. Steamed buns at 公正包子
4. Roasted meat at 第一家烤肉串
5. Steak on hot plate in a pepper sauce 夜市牛排
6. Hot pot at 三媽臭臭鍋
7. Tiramisu 提拉米蘇
8. Muachi 麻糬
I hope I could help you with finding the right food. I may update this post, when I revisit Hualien in the future.