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Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine

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Name of Restaurant: Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine (寬心園)
Address: No. 3 Hesi Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
高雄市鹽埕區河西路3號
Phone Number: +886-7-561-2631
Hours: Daily 11:30AM-9:30PM
Website: www.easyhouse.tw
MRT: O2 Yanchengpu
Days off: None
Vegetarian Options: Yes
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Yes
Average Cost Per Person: TWD 300 to TWD 500
GPS Coordinates: 22.621934,120.288939

On any given day and in any given restaurant, being a vegetarian in Kaohsiung can be extremely frustrating.  Most restaurants lack vegetarian options or simply won’t alter a recipe to make something vegetarian for you.  However, what Taiwan does have that America does not are restaurants serving only vegetarian meals.  These meccas for vegetarians include all sorts of places – from the quick lunch spot to a swanky date-night bistro.  Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine belongs to the latter group and has quickly become my favorite special occasion restaurant.

Atmosphere
Set on the banks of Kaohsiung’s Love River, Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine offers a romantic setting often foreign to the city.  The second floor provides views of boats bobbing down the calm water.  The softly lit interior is decorated with images of Buddha and classic Chinese calligraphy set on a dark stone color scheme.  The service is discreet yet attentive and helpful.  Together, these factors add up to one of the most enjoyable dining environments in Kaohsiung.

What to Eat/Drink
Unlike many vegetarian restaurants in Taiwan, the food at Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine is neither greasy nor bland.  The owner and chef have created a menu of internationally inspired vegetarian meals using natural spices and healthy cooking methods. While tasty meals and soothing refreshments are plentiful, a few are, in my opinion, particularly noteworthy.

1. Portuguese Noodle Soup
This dish smells so great that your mouth will be watering before the waiter can set it down on your table.  The creamy, curry broth contains tomatoes, Japanese seaweed, baby cabbage, mushrooms, and noodles.

2. Mushroom and Truffle Fried Rice
This twist on the classic Taiwanese dish adds a dimension of flavor that is not found elsewhere.  The dish is prepared with special ingredients such as day lilies, wild mushrooms, asparagus, and a truffle sauce.

3. Passion Fruit and Pomelo Tea
This flavorful tea is full of authentically Taiwanese flavors.  Pomelo, a local fruit that tastes somewhat like grapefruit, and passion fruit are freshly squeezed into a pot of soothing, hot tea.

All entrees can be purchased a la carte or with a set meal.  Sets include fruit and vegetable energy juice, a Japanese salad, vegetable soup, seasonal fruit, and a red bean dessert.

Directions
By Scooter: From Bo Ai Road, turn west onto Wufu Road.  After you pass over Love River, take the first right onto the small street named Hesi Road.  Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine will be on your left at number 3.  If you see the Kaohsiung Film Archive, you have gone too far.

By MRT: Take the orange line to O2 Yanchengpu.  Exit the station using exit 1 and walk northeast along Jhong Jheng Road.  Turn right onto Wufu Road after one block.  Turn left onto Hesi Road after seven blocks (just before the river). Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine will be on your left at number 3.  If you see the Kaohsiung Film Archive, you have gone too far.

 

After I began writing this post, I saw a sign advertising a new additional location for this restaurant.  The second location will be at the corner of Mingcheng Road and Fuguo Road.  While I cannot foresee the view being nearly as great at the Zuoying address, it will be much more convenient for those of us living up north. 

 

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Online Pizza 網購比薩

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Restaurant:  Online Pizza (網購比薩)
Location: Aozidi Park, Kaohsiung
Website: www.opizza.us
MRT: O13 Aozidi Park
Hours: Wed-Thu: 5PM-8:30PM; Fri: 11:30AM-1:30PM, 5PM-8:30PM; Sat-Sun: 11:30AM-   2PM, 5PM-8:30PM
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Yes
Average Cost Per Person: $150NT to $280NT

A couple weekends ago, I had the pleasure of trying one of Kaohsiung’s newest foreigner run businesses, an online pizza company.  Online Pizza operates on online, carry-out orders only.  It is definitely a unique business plan that might just work if enough of the foreigner community catches onto to this great idea.

Online Pizza not only offers the convenience of online ordering but also serves up a delicious pie.  Their menu is well-rounded and includes a number of interesting combinations like the sweet white veggie with caramelized onions, sweet peppers, green peppers, and olives.  For our first Online Pizza experience, we kept it traditional with the margherita pizza.  The hand tossed crust was topped with a nice blend of cheese, many tomatoes, and lots of garlic.  Overall, it left my pizza craving satisfied.

Currently, Online Pizza offers pick-up services only.  The pick-up location is near the intersection of Dashun Rd. and Nanping Rd.  The website indicates that this service will only be offered until June 24th.  The business will reopen in September at which time it will offer delivery services in northern Kaohsiung.

If you are looking for a convenient, American-style meal in Kaohsiung, I encourage you to hop online and order a pizza through opizza.us.  A delicious, cheesy pie will be ready and waiting for you in 30 minutes.

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Taco Rico Taquería

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Name of Restaurant: Taco Rico Taqueria
Address: No. 85 Minsheng Road, Cianjin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (R.O.C.) 886
高雄市前金區民生二路85號, Kaohsiung 886
Phone: 0981-356-676
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Taco-Rico-Mexican-Food/269397119750333?sk=timeline
MRT: R9 Central Park
Hours: Tue-Sun: 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-9PM
Vegetarian Options: Yes
English Menu: Yes
English Service: Yes
Average Cost Per Person: $50NT to $200NT
GPS Coordinates: 22.625151,120.295647

Great Mexican food has once again returned to Kaohsiung.  The gods were smiling upon us when the great people over at Taco Rico decided to reopen their doors at a different location.  The menu is much smaller, but there is no need to despair.  This Mexican spots only serves tacos and boy do they make tacos well!  As an added bonus, Taco Rico is possibly the cheapest foreign food restaurant in Kaohsiung.  Each taco is only $30-$40NT!

Atmosphere
Taco Rico is mainly a carry-out only restaurant.  The owner cooks everything on the menu at a stand on the sidewalk.  There is one table with six chairs next to the kitchen where customers can sit and enjoy their meal.  However, I think it would be much more pleasant to take the tacos to Central Park to eat.

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What to Eat
Honestly, everything here is amazing!  The corn tortillas are hand pressed and the ingredients are perfectly fresh and deliciously seasoned.  In our group, we tried the shrimp tacos, fish tacos, pork tacos, beef tacos, salad tacos, and fried vegetable tacos.  We couldn’t complain about any of them.  Overall, I think the fish, shrimp, and salad tacos got the most votes, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, you can’t go wrong with any of the tacos from Taco Rico.

Directions
By Scooter: Head south on Jhongshan Road.  Turn right onto Minsheng Road.  Two blocks past the end of the park, Taco Rico will be on your left.

By MRT: Take the red line to R9 Central Park.  Go up the escalators at Exit 1 and turn right.  At Minsheng Road (the road at the top of the park) turn left.  Walk about 1 kilometer and Taco Rico will be on your left.

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Fengshan Sesame Buns

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If you are searching for something to eat that is uniquely Taiwanese, cheap, and delicious, look no further than my new favorite pastry stand. In Fengshan, this shop is serving up tasty versions of Taiwanese sesame buns made in a very traditional way – in metal drums.

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First, the dough is filled with either sweet or savory fillings, including taro, red bean, sugar, and pork and green onions. Then, it is topped with sesame seeds and stuck to the side of a large metal drum. A small fire in the bottom of the drum cooks the buns. The result is a delicate, flaky pastry.

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Amazingly, they only cost $15 TWD each, or about $0.50 USD.

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Apologies for the glare!

You can find these awesome buns at a road side stand on Benguan Rd. in Niaosong Disrict. Look for a red and white sign. In case you cannot read the Chinese, the bottom shelf of the display case is designated for the sweet versions (taro, sugar, and red bean), while the top shelf is for the savory (pork and green onion). The address is as follows.

Sesame Bread Shop
17 Benguan Rd.,
Niaosong District,
Kaohsiung City
高雄市鳥松區本館路文明巷17號

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March 12, 2014 · 6:45 am