Yummy Food to Eat in Yilan!

We stayed in Yilan for a week and had so much memorable food in Yilan! I’ll be sharing all the yummy food to eat in Yilan. The first five foods in this post are foods I will likely eat again when I return. Other food choices at the end of the post are also places with good food even though they didn’t make it to my top five.

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Heaven Kitchen (Luodong/ 羅東)


Call to reserve because it’s packed even on weekdays. Otherwise, have an early dinner before the dinner crowd arrives. Arriving early meant parking outside the restaurant, otherwise, you got to walk for a distance from the nearby car park.

Heaven Kitchen is a steakhouse and the steak was memorably mouthwatering. The roast chicken was delicious too. It’s a child-friendly restaurant and my children love the food. It’s so yummy that we wanted to return if it wasn’t our last day.

  • Price (Sep 2023): Chicken Chop Set – NT300 (S$12.70); Steak Set – From NT350 (S$14.80)
  • Google Reviews: 4.4 Stars based on 2,720 reviews (1Mar24)
  • Website: heavenkitchen6.weebly.com
  • Phone (Reservations/Takeaway): 03-95566-52
  • Address: No. 6, Yangming Rd, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265 (宜蘭縣羅東鎮陽明路6號)
  • Hours:
    • Weekdays: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM; 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LO: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM)
    • Weekends (Sat and Sun): 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (LO: 8:00 PM)
    • Opens daily, unless announced on the website.
Food at Heaven Kitchen

Beimen Milking【 北門綠豆沙牛乳大王 羅東店/林場 】


A local uncle recommended this to us and he often buys them too. Go to the shop early to try their popular flavours (green bean and yam), especially weekends and holidays. When we went around 3.30 PM, many flavours were sold out. I’m glad we still managed to get the yam flavour. All of us love it. I wish they open a shop in Singapore!

  • Price (Sep 2023): Yam / Green Bean – NT60 (S$2.60)
  • Google Reviews: 4.7 Stars based on 427 reviews (1Mar24)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/beimenmilkingluotong
  • Address: No. 179, Zhongzheng N Rd, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265 (宜蘭縣羅東鎮中正北路179號)
  • Hours: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Scallion Pancakes 龔記蔥油餅|味珍香卜肉店前

Scallion Pancakes

The scallions (similar to spring onion) in Sanxing Township of Yilan are famous because they are cultivated well due to the optimal weather, water and soil conditions. They are also known as the 三星葱(Sanxing scallions), a synonym for tastiness and high quality.

We plucked some scallions and made scallion bread. It was soooo delicious. The key is to eat in when piping hot. We wanted more of the scallions and thus bought the scallion pancake sold outside our lunch place even though we were having lunch soon. It was nice, but I think the ones we made were better. I don’t recommend you go out of the way to this shop (details below). But if you need a quick fix, this should do. :)

Later on, we tried a free scallion pancake from another attraction. Also meh. The ones we made were still the best! Try your hand at it with this scallion DIY experience.

There are popular stalls selling scallion pancakes in Yilan, but they’re too out of the way for our tight schedule. If you buy from them, let me know if it’s good after you try. Be sure to eat a scallion pancake when you go to Yilan!

  • Price (Sep 2023): Pancake – NT30 (S$1.30); Pancake with egg – NT30 (S$1.70)
  • Google Reviews: 2.9 Stars based on 156 reviews (1Mar24)
  • Address: No. 303, Section 7, Sanxing Rd, Sanxing Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 266
  • Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Daily (Based on Google)

Fried Prawn Pancakes 南方澳 無名蝦餅 蚵嗲蘿蔔糕 】

Fried Prawn Pancakes

Walking around  Nanfang’ao (南方澳), a small port town/fishing centre, south of Yilan, we saw a queue at a roadside stall. I googled it and found good reviews about its fried prawn pancakes (蝦餅). So we queued and didn’t regret it! This blog has good photos and information on the stall: gururunews.com/nanfang-ao

By the way, Nanfang’ao is a relatively small port town with narrow and busy roads. So you might sweat a little navigating the place – there’s a big paid carpark where you can park with less stress.

  • Price (Sep 2023): Prawn – NT40 (S$1.70)
  • Google Reviews: 4.3 Stars based on 1,591 reviews (2Mar24)
  • Address: No. 65之5號, Jiangxia Rd, Su’ao Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 270
  • Hours: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Weekdays); 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Ju Ei【周仔肉圓】


A food van (周仔肉圓) was parked on the main road of our Yilan accommodation. We were looking for a light dinner and their meatballs were a great choice. They had three items on their menu: minced pork meatball, prawn meatball and a soup, Si Shen Tang (四神汤).

The meatballs are not the usual steamboat type, but more like a dumpling with mochi skin. The meatballs are slightly spicy with chilli and garlic. The owner was kind enough to separate one of the three balls and put them into another box without the spiciness for my daughter. There’s still a little garlic kick though.

The Si Shen Tang I drink in Singapore is like a typical herbal soup for nourishment. So I was apprehensive. However, I wanted some nourishment for my daughter who had not been eating home-cooked food when we were in Taiwan. So I bought and it turned out to be super delicious! Thicker and sweeter.

Anyway in December 2023, the shop upgraded to a storefront in Luodong! The expansion of business shows how good the food is.

  • Price (Sep 2023): Original – NT60 (S$2.60); Prawn – NT70 (S$3); Soup – NT60 (S$2.60)
  • Google Reviews: 4.6 Stars based on 74 reviews (8Mar24)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/juei1977
  • Address: No. 39, Wenhua Street, Luodong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan 265
  • Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Closed on Wednesday)

Other Food Choices in Yilan


Food choices in Yilan

Of course, we had many other foods in Yilan. We had the popular crispy roasted chicken at 基隆甕仔雞 (羅東分店). They serve the whole chicken and it’s worth a try if you haven’t tried it before. We also had it previously in another part of Taiwan.

The meat shop (味珍香卜肉店) behind the spring onion pancake shop was not very nice for us – we had meat and some noodles.

While searching for food in Nanfang’ao fishing harbour (南方澳渔港), we came across a super crowded seafood place (富美活海鮮). However, we skipped it because of the long queue and the food seemed too much for our family of four, so we went to another crowded restaurant nearby. We took a queue number from the counter at Ah Fen Fish Soup (阿芬鲜鱼汤) and waited for some time. The peppery soup was not really to our liking.

While at Nanfang’ao, you might want to get bubble tea from Comebuy. It has a high rating on Google and is satisfying, just not very memorable.

The air-conditioned restaurant at Jim and Dad’s Brewing Company (吉姆老爹啤酒工場) was a respite for us in the hot weather. However, its pizza and fish & chips were average and over-priced. Their beer bottles had pretty designs and descriptions sounded tantalising. However, we were more impressed by Suntory Horoyoi Hapikle Sour than their beers.

Qinggou Night Market

Qinggou Night Market

We braved the rain to Yilan’s Qinggou night market (清溝夜市) and found ourselves among a crowd carrying umbrellas. The night market is open every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Even in raincoats, my girls had fun playing “jackpot” at the night market – a metal ball game but it’s called hitting marble – 打彈珠 (夜市).

A snack from the night market, 状元糕, reminded us of the tutu in Singapore, and we prefer tutu. Nearby, we had duck sticky rice (鸭肉油饭) for dinner and it was our best pick from the night market. We joined in the queue for crispy pork cutlet at 康拔无骨排骨酥 and it was delicious, but I wouldn’t say mind-blowing. The Taiwan sausage from a random shop was also good enough to satisfy our cravings.

There are many other shops we didn’t try, like the pizza cooked on the spot and dim sum displayed nicely. There’s also a long queue at the beginning of the market, but a few local friends told us, it isn’t worth the wait.


Food at 呷七碗

We had McDonald’s and tried items unavailable in Singapore. They were delicious! It’s a comfort food in any case. The Taiwan breakfast in this small shop (食至名亀) did not let down too.

Surprisingly the lunch at the National Center for Traditional Arts was satisfying for us. We ordered bee hoon and lu rou fan at 呷七碗 and wiped the dishes clean. By the way, the place is fun with DIY activities and has quality performances – the ticket is indeed value for money! Get an even better deal when you buy from Klook!

At 好2食堂, we felt like we were having homemade meals. It was good because we ate out daily and needed some healthy servings. Lastly, in the summer heat, the shaved ice shop (冰雪 宜蘭爾本店 雪花冰.刨冰.冬季甜湯) opposite Jimmy Park was a big hit with the girls and my husband.

Do you have any good food recommendations for people visiting Yilan? Leave your comments or questions below. Love to hear from you. :) Before you go, you might also want to check out my other posts on Taiwan.

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