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NEEDING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HUALIEN FOOD SCENE FOR WEDDING PARTY

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Hi. My Australian daughter and her Taiwanese American fiancé are marrying in October 2014. She and he want a wedding dinner party in Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan. Not a traditional Chinese wedding banquet but something the mixed party of Australian, American and Taiwanese diners would enjoy. Preferably the venue would also have great ambience. Any suggestion chow hounders?

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  1. Yikes. Tough question. For a spectacular setting, you should look into the Silks Place in Taroko Gorge. It is a stunning location. The food is pretty decent, but ya don't go there for the food. It's about a 90 minute drive from Hualien city itself.

    1. I did find for my wedding that it is possible to tailor a Chinese menu to accommodate international tastes (so as to not freak people out by serving stewed tendons, chicken testicles and things like that).

      If you're doing a Taiwanese style wedding of the 200-300 person variety, I think the traditional banquet place is one of the few places that can handle that many people. I had just family and a few friends (about 16 people total) at the Silks Palace restaurant near the National Palace Museum, with a private room. It came to about $60 per person including a champagne toast for quite a nice meal. Quite probably the only time I'll have Beijing Duck and lobster in the same meal...

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      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

        The Silks Palace Restaurant isn't exactly anywhere near Hualien... But yes, I've been there for both meals and events (weddings, even) and they do a good job. While you are at it, the National Palace Museum is, in my opinion, the finest museum of Chinese history and art in the world.

        1. re: Uncle Yabai

          National Palace Museum is, in my opinion, the finest museum of Chinese history and art in the world.
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          Agreed. My fave exhibit there was Ch'en Tsu-chang's miniature boat carved from an olive pit: 3.4cm by 1.6cm in size. The boat has intricately-carved windows which are operable. In the boat are 8 tiny figurines, including poet Su Dong-po playing Chinese chess with a friend, all with distinctive expressions. As if that's not enough, the boat (carved in 1737) also carries the entire 300-character text of Su Shih's "Latter Ode on the Red Cliff" carved in beautiful caligraphy on its base!

           
      2. Thanks for your advice-c'hounders!