After we checked out of the hotel, we went to 長春寺 eternal spring temple for a hike. It was beautiful, but full of tourists.
The chefs are retired teachers who want to promote their tribal culture and food. They grow everything they serve.
The mountains and vegetation looked wild around us.
One of the best dishes was the fish soup. It was cooked in the traditional A-Mei way. First you put raw fish filet into the hallow bamboo with water, then you put hot stones (which have been burning on the stove for the last 3-4 hours) into the bamboo. The fish soup boils and vegetables were added in. Not a lot of seasoning was required, and the soup was cooked with the minerals and infused with the bamboo. It was so good. We also had a lot of vegetables that I have never seen. The chef joked that since A-Mei tribe was known to grow and eat mainly vegetables (rather than a hunting tribe), when in a natural disaster, you will never be hungry if you follow an A-Mei.
We wrapped sweet potatoes, corns, and eggs in foil and bury them in the pit. Then we headed for a bike ride.
We rode bike on the Brown Boulevard. Apparently Jin Chengwu filmed "I see you" commercial here.
We went back to the place where we prepped our snacks. A lady taught us to make fresh rice noodles, which we had the option of eating with savory broth with small shrimp, green opinions, and garlic, or sweet syrup for dessert. We also broke the 土窯 and ate our sweet potatoes, corn, and eggs.
Light meal at the hotel tonight since we had a lot of food all day long.
We got Gaoliang 58 to try among the 6 of us since Jen, Phil, Diana, and Justin were going back to Taipei the next morning. It was smoother than I thought. Quite nice after taste actually!