Tien Tain is a restaurant with a mission. It's aim is to promote a new type of food culture. It has been calling for "healthy, natural and uncontaminated" ways of cooking in Taiwan for the last 8 years ago. The restaurant started out from a small shop on Lishui Street
The basis of its food is the egg-shaped clay stove called the Dinkem Stove
The stove breaks open in the middle, and when sealed, locks in all the flavors of the food. A small charcoal fire is used to braise meat, fish and vegetable dishes on a grill installed at the middle section. The restaurants popular pu-er tea
The thick clay stove is made in Shuili
The most highly rated dishes in the restaurant include the Chinese sausage-flavored pumpkin pot (臘味南瓜盅), red apple braised with hog hoof (紅蘋圓蹄) and three cold-cuts platter (紅香三味拼), which are all prepared in the clay stove over three or four hours to bring out the best flavor without compromising their nutrition. The pumpkin and other vegetables are obtained from an organic farm in Ruisui (瑞穗), Hualien County, to guard against contamination from chemical fertilizer and pesticides.
The slightly sweet and sour plum tea, usually served with the meal, tastes superb. The yushi health-preservation soup