A Hakka Restaurant in Taiwan Featuring Jujube Cuisine

The Jujube House Restaurant (棗莊古藝庭園膳坊) is a typical Hakka restaurant featuring jujube cuisine in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)
The Jujube House Restaurant (棗莊古藝庭園膳坊) is a typical Hakka restaurant featuring jujube cuisine in Taiwan. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

There are many Hakka restaurants offering many tasty dishes in Taiwan, and one of the best is the famous Jujube House Restaurant (棗莊古藝庭園膳坊), also known as Zaozhuang (棗莊).

Please watch the following video of the Jujube House Restaurant in Taiwan:

There are many Hakka traditional articles are displayed in Jujube House Restaurant. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Traditional Hakka bambooware on display in the Jujube House Restaurant. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Located at Gongguan Township (公館鄉) in northern Taiwan’s Maoli County (苗栗縣), the Jujube House Restaurant was jointly established by some like-minded people in 2003. Their initial intention was to establish a hall to display articles commonly used by Hakka people in Taiwan between the 1940s and 1950s. Their goal was to give new life to old artefacts so that younger generations can understand the wisdom of their ancestors, and in turn, cherish the Earth’s resources.

Jujube House Restaurant a unique Hakka restaurant. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

The Jujube House Restaurant is a unique Hakka restaurant. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

Due to a lack of funds, they had little option but to sell some light meals and afternoon tea refreshments to maintain a presence. Though it has transformed into a Hakka restaurant, many interesting old items are still displayed in almost every corner of the restaurant, including the ceilings, giving the feeling of dining in a mini-museum.

Jujube House Restaurant is an iconic Hakka restaurant in northern Taiwan. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

The Jujube House Restaurant is an iconic Hakka restaurant in northern Taiwan. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Situated in Gongguan Township, which is the only place where jujube (red date 紅棗) is grown in Taiwan, the restaurant is adjacent to a jujube field. But it’s a pity that all the jujube trees are leafless, with charcoal colored trunks and branches in winter and spring as if they were dead. Nevertheless, it is still quite interesting to see the fields during those periods of time as they stand in stark contrast to their surroundings.

Jujube House Restaurant (棗莊古藝庭園膳坊) is a typical Hakka restaurant featuring Jujube cuisine in Taiwan. (Image: Courtesy of Jujube House Restaurant)

The Jujube House Restaurant is a typical Hakka restaurant featuring jujube cuisine in Taiwan. (Image: Courtesy of Jujube House Restaurant)

Surrounded by leafy trees as well as various plants and flowers, the restaurant is like an old Hakka mansion nestled in a beautiful garden. In particular, its high ceiling lobby with winding wooden staircases affords an outstanding sense of space. It is quite impressive to first-time visitors upon arrival.

There are many old bamboo and wooden ware displayed in the Jujube House Restaurant.

There are many old bamboo articles displayed in Jujube House Restaurant. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

There are many old bamboo and wooden ware items displayed in the Jujube House Restaurant. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Even the lamp covers in the restaurant are bamboo ware in distinctive shapes.

All of the lamp covers in Jujube House Restaurant are old bamboo articles in various shapes. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

The lamp covers in the Jujube House Restaurant are bambooware in various shapes. (Image: Julia Fu / Vision Times)

Besides bambooware, traditional dressing tables, potteries, wooden appliances, stone rice grinders, a rice crust breaker, a manual water pump, an ox cart, and other traditional farming tools used in Hakka villages are also displayed inside and outside the restaurant. There are also two tiny ponds with fish in the main building and in the garden.

Jujube House Restaurant is surrounded by a leafy garden and a Jujube field. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

The Jujube House Restaurant is surrounded by a leafy garden and is adjacent to a Jujube field. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

The iconic feature of this unique restaurant is its jujube-based cuisine. Almost all the dishes are prepared with jujube, including meat, fish, shrimp, vegetables, as well as rice, soup, steam buns, and tea. In fact, red dates are considered lucky in Chinese culture and have numerous health benefits.

Jujube House Restaurant is like an old Hakka mansion nestled in a beautiful garden. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

The Jujube House Restaurant is like an old Hakka mansion nestled in a beautiful garden. (Image: Billy Shyu / Vision Times)

Apart from appreciating delicious genuine Hakka cuisine and enjoying traditional Hakka culture, the restaurant also has a certain rustic charm. The Jujube House Restaurant is really an interesting place worth visiting.

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