Thao Cuisine & Bunun Flavors

Thao Tribe

Thao Cuisine

Sun Moon Lake produces an abundance of fish and shrimp, of which the best known are the topmouth culter (known locally as "president's fish") and sharpbelly. The topmouth culter is best steamed. The sharpbelly, which is indigenous to Sun Moon Lake, can be deep-fried; the Thao also pickle it and eat it as salted fish. The traditional "white eel" mochi is also delicious after being charcoal-grilled and dipped in sauce.

Bunun Tribe

Bunun Flavors

The Bunun people are hunters, and today they grill their game on stone slabs from Zhuoshui River. Pork grilled on a stone slab is evenly heated, helping it to cook quickly without burning, making this one of the special characteristics of Bunun cuisine. The Bunun like to use wild herbs from the forest as flavorings, such as aromatic litsea (mountain pepper) and ailanthus-like prickly ash, adding the finishing touch to distinctive aborigine dishes.