One good thing about getting away from big cities is that prices can come tumbling down; one bad thing is that so too can quality.
This is not the case at TianCi Vegetarian (天慈素食; “Heaven’s Compassion” [no English]) in Puli Township (埔里), gateway to the mountains of Nantou. NOMM stopped there at the start of the famous Wuling (武陵) bike route last year, and two of us feasted for a total of NT$140 before the climb to Taiwan’s highest road at 3250 m.
Perhaps prices have gone up, but last year they included:
fried rice/noodles – NT$20~25
dumplings (水餃) -- NT$3.5 each
soups -- NT$20
leafy greens -- NT$20
marinated tofu, &c. -- NT$10~20
and with Dragon Boat Festival not too far away, they have zongzi at NT$20
Address: 262 Nanchang St (南昌街)
NOMM fake meat/processed food index: 5 (moderate)
Text © Jiyue Publications 2012
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