Hakka cuisine is not that popular in Singapore as compared to the other dialects and you seldom find an entire restaurant dedicated to just Hakka cuisine. Personally, I am pretty familiar with Hakka cuisine as my mother is Hakka and we get to eat Hakka dishes whenever we visit her hometown.
In Taiwan, there is a county near Taipei where many Hakka people live and because of that Hakka dishes are also pretty popular in Taipei. I heard from my friend that this Tung Hakka restaurant is very popular amongst the local and have a few outlets throughout Taipei.
The size of the outlet here at Fuxing North is pretty similar to the Sichuan restaurant where there is only up to 10 tables to cater up to 60 or 70 customers. Again the décor is typical Chinese style with simple round tables and chairs and a few calligraphy paintings on the walls.
The menu is very pretty with in depth description on every dish that they serve from information on ingredients to the general description of the dish itself. Most of the dishes are very simple and resembles home cooked meals which is the essence of Hakka cuisine.
Their most famous dish is this meat ball with yam and rice vermicelli soup. Although, the soup itself is milky in colour but it is surprising very light and refreshing with the natural sweetness of the yam. The noodles are bouncy and soft and the soup itself has very light meat taste and taste more like a clear vegetable soup with strong yam flavours.
This next dish is fried bean curd with stir fry leek and string onions which is as simple as something you can find it home. The dish is quite well balanced as the bean curd is well seasoned.
This steamed chicken was very flavourful like the ones I had in Kluang and has very natural chicken flavours with that balanced amount of chicken fats just beneath the skin.
Lastly the stir fry cabbage looks very normal but has very sweet taste as Miaoli where most Hakkas are in Taiwan is famous for their sweet and crunchy cabbage. So even when the dish is simply cooked, you can still taste the natural taste of the vegetable which is something you do not get in Singapore.
Overall, the dishes at Tung Hakka cuisine are very down to earth and nothing too fanciful but you get to taste the natural taste of the ingredients without too much sauces or spices. The food is also neither too greasy or overpowering so it is a place to visit when you want to give your taste buds a refreshing change.
Note that Google records the name of the restaurant as Blossom Restaurant so you will have to search under this name for location
Address: No. 7, Section 3, Minsheng East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
Operating hours: 11.30 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm