A guide to almost 1,600 delicacies in Greater Kaohsiung, including mutton hotpot, braised snacks and shaved ice treats, hit the market this month, the city government’s Information Bureau said, inviting gourmands to taste some of the best food the city has to offer.
A Complete Guide to Greater Kaohsiung’s Best Delicacies (大高雄美食攻略完全制霸) features reviews on 1,591 dishes from more than 1,000 restaurants and was published by the bureau and Mook Publication Co.
It also introduces some of the city’s fruit specialties, including the Jinhuang mango, which has a size similar to a papaya, and Yu He Bao litchi, whose seed is relatively small, with fruit that tastes sweeter than the average litchi.
The guide divides the city into 38 areas and covers not only well-known cuisine, but also some dishes that can only be found in night markets or in small alley shops, the bureau said.
“The guide covers pretty much every dish worth trying in the city,” the bureau said, citing the huge portions of shaved ice served with a variety of fresh fruit at Hai Jhih Bing (海之冰) in Gushan District (鼓山), mutton hotpots in Gangshan District (岡山), thin-threaded noodle soups from Fongyi Thin Noodles (鳳邑麵線) in Fongshan District (鳳山) and the snacks at Da Gou Ding Braised Snacks (大溝頂滷味) in Yancheng District (鹽埕).
“The Wu Pao-chun Bakery, free-range chicken dishes in Tianliao District (田寮), Aboriginal cuisines and Hakka dishes in Meinong District (美濃) also have their own sets of fans,” the bureau said.
Bureau head Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said food was an integral part of travel and that while Kaohsiung has long boasted scores of local delicacies, there had been no guidebooks to introduce them to tourists.
“The bureau began searching for a suitable publishing house to compile a comprehensive guide to the city’s delicious cuisine, in an effort to show tourists or even locals how to find the best foods,” Lai said.
The rock band Mayday, who had their contract as spokespeople for Greater Kaohsiung renewed earlier this year, are featured on the cover of the guide and also tasted three dishes randomly selected from those listed in the book.
“One must stay in Kaohsiung for more than half a year to try everything in the guide,” the band said.