The Village Kitchen in Laiji, ALISHAN

If you ever happen to venture into the deep mountains of Alishan and come to the village of Laiji, make sure to stop by the Village Kitchen and enjoy a great lunch!

This place is ensconced in a fabulous location, up alone in a narrow side valley overlooking the broad Alishan River valley between Inner and Outer Laiji, green all about, a pedestrian suspension bridge long used by locals strung out high above directly ahead, disappearing into the thick forest cover at both ends. This wood-built eatery is a kiosk-style operation fronted by a breezy open deck with long wooden tables and bench seating. It is run by the bright-spirited Hanna, who has come here via a small village in Namibia, then South Africa’s Capetown, then Taiwan’s west coast, marrying into a local family.

Her menu is a mouth-watering tour of local and Western culinary ideas, with an emphasis on Laiji-area ingredients. Be sure to try the rich, aromatic fresh-brewed Laiji coffee, home-crafted cherry and plum wines (based on local recipes Hanna has researched), and red-chili jam. All of these are also available as gift/souvenir purchases. Of the numerous robust entrees tried (we could not resist going back a second time, so we could try everything), best in my books were the stew with red-wine sauce, Italian pizza, and homemade breads with cheese platter.

The Village Kitchen on Facebook: https://goo.gl/3xTXr5

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07 Home-made bread at Village Kitchen

06 Yummy pizza at Village Kitchen

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