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[STAY/BUY/EAT] The Kinmen Experience – Great Value for the Tourist Dollar / EAT

October 7, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email


“When in Rome, eat as the Romans do.” While on the island we systematically canvassed Kinmenites on the best places to eat. After trying many ourselves, we have bestowed the Travel in Taiwan seal of approval on the following.

The faҫade, the interior, and the owner-family staff at small Jicheng Restaurant all look as though they have been in place and unchanged since imperial times. Located in the old section of Jincheng, the signature potstickers here are larger and plumper than the norm, stuffed with fresh minced pork. I also especially liked the spicy and meaty back-bacon-like stir-fried pig’s ears. I don’t think anyone could prove me wrong if I say that every Kinmen resident and every infantry grunt stationed here has eaten at this spot.

You’ll quickly notice on your Kinmen visit that the yellow cow is the bovine of choice here. You’ll see them tethered by roadsides everywhere. The meat is lean, fragrant, and chewy. At Lao Die Beef Noodles, the thick, seasoned beef slices are delicious, as is the piquant house-made chili sauce. I especially enjoyed those dishes featuring half-meat, half-cartilage slice, marinated and delectably soft.

At Xinyuan Seafood, the inexpensive dishes featuring locally cultivated oysters and clam are a treat. However, to qualify as truly having “done Kinmen,” try the stir-fried sand worms, a local delicacy harvested at low tide a along the coast. I initially thought they were fat bean sprout without the bean-heads. They have a light, neutral taste akin to mushrooms.

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