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Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員 – A Local Delicacy Loved by Generations

When it comes to the quintessential local delicacies in Taichung, Taichung Rou Yuan (台中肉員) is definitely one of the top contenders. With its establishment dating back to 1933, this eatery has been a favourite among generations of locals who savour its traditional flavours.

Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員

Known for its delicious and affordable food, Taichung Rou Yuan has received recognition from the Michelin Guide, receiving a Bib Gourmand award for its outstanding culinary experience.

Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員

What is Taiwanese rou yuan?

The Taiwanese rou yuan or bak wan (肉圓) is different from the regular meatballs that we are familiar with. Rather than being spherical, it takes the form of a disk-shaped dumpling with a translucent dough made of sweet potato flour and rice flour, which contributes to its sticky and chewy texture. It’s filled with a savoury meat filling and served with sweet sauce and soy paste. The bak wan is typically steamed first before being poached in oil.


Taichung Rou Yuan’s menu is quite concise, featuring only three items: meatballs, fish ball soup, and mung bean noodle (dong fen) soup. Unfortunately, the cost of ingredients has risen, resulting in a price increase of NT$5 for the meatballs, which now cost NT$45.

Rou Yuan 肉圓

The skin of the rou yuan had a slightly gelatinous texture and was sticky and chewy. This differed from the rou yuan I had tasted before, as those had skins similar to crystal dumplings that were more firm and dry. I personally preferred the softer and moister texture of the skin at Taichung Rou Yuan.

Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員

The meat filling was delectable and included spring onions and bamboo shoots. The combination of the meat filling with the sweet and savoury sauces was moreish.

Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員

Fish Ball Soup 魚丸湯

The broth was light, refreshing, and tasted naturally delicious, with a hint of pepper flavor. The fish balls in the soup were soft and bouncy, and didn’t have an overpowering fishy taste.

Final thoughts

Taichung Rou Yuan is a true gem for rou yuan lovers and foodies alike. The traditional methods used to prepare the rou yuan at this eatery make it a must-visit spot for those wishing to sample authentic Taiwanese cuisine. So, whether you’re a local or a tourist, Taichung Rou Yuan is a place that you should absolutely add to your foodie itinerary.

Taichung Rou Yuan 台中肉員
No. 529, Section 3, Fuxing Rd
South Dist., Taichung City 402
10.30am to 8.00pm daily

+886 4 2220 7138

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