[Wulai/New Taipei] Taiya Po Po
Wulai (烏來) is a small town, roughly 25km south of Taipei City, with a rich Atayal aboriginal history. We visited a famous Atayal restaurant, Taiya Po Po (泰雅婆婆美食店), in Wulai Old Street (烏來老街) to try out some of the specialty dishes. For other eats in the same area, hop on to read about the local delights at Wulai Old Street. The bamboo tube rice (竹筒飯), a specialty of the area, consists of sticky glutinous rice with mushroom stuffing cooked in a tube of bamboo.
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The bamboo helps to keep the rice moist and retain its seasoned flavour. It tasted a little like Lo Mai Kai, which we are familiar with in Singapore. We find it slightly hard to chew, wish the rice was softer.
Another specialty of the area, millet wine is a traditional beverage commonly consumed by the aborigines. This version, with yoghurt, was refreshing and mildly sweet, though we couldn’t really feel the alcohol content.
The thinly sliced meat was surprisingly tender (the best we eaten in Taiwan so far) and the slightly fatty cut lent a sweet aroma to the dish.
Stir-fried wild mountain pork with vegetable stem 水中蓮勇士 NT$350.
We liked the earlier pork dish so much that we ordered another variant. Though it looked more bland here, the flavour of the meat was really rich and the wild vegetables used were very delicious and crunchy.
I don’t usually like bitter gourd but the flavour in this breed was surprisingly delightful. Every bite was juicy with a blend of bitter yet sweet taste.
A clear pepper soup with mushroom which was somewhat bland.
The fish were fresh but had too many tiny bones for my liking. Wiffy’s sis enjoyed it thoroughly though.
Taiya Po Po (泰雅婆婆美食店)
Address: 14 Wulai Street Click here for Google Map
Getting there: The restaurant is located near the start of Wulai Old Street (烏來老街) when coming from the Wulai bus terminal, in front of Full Moon Spa resort. Click here for walking directions on Google Maps.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.