Wu Who Si Hai - maybe closed

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 5 reviews )

159, Chung Sun Rd (at west side of Sun Moon Lake), Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Small and casual sit-down restaurant offering a simple menu of rice dishes, noodles, and soups. Located 2 doors from Shueishe Visitor Center in Yuchih township. NOTE: maybe closed/shut down - please verify and let HappyCow know.

Categories: Vegan, Taiwanese

5 Reviews

First Review by malcontent

Good surprise in such a touristic spot - Edit

The place is very simple but the food is really fresh and good. The 'meatballs' in the soup were amazing. Plus, the price is good for being such a touristic place. They have a notebook with all the menu translated in english so it's great.

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Basic, friendly restaurant - Edit

Although no English menu was available and neither of the staff spoke more than a few words of English, our server (and chef) was eager to help and make recommendations. We ended up with a bowl of hot noodles each and a plate of tasty morsels made from mushrooms, tofu, gluten and beans, accompanied by a chilli sauce. It was all very tasty and excellent value.

Pros: Easy to find

Cons: No English menu

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One of the many small vegetarian restaurants - Edit

Even in rather small places there are vegetarian restaurants in Taiwan. I was eating the other day at this place, next to the Visitor Center of Shueishe in Yuchih Township, where the bus stop for Sun Moon Lake is.

Even if you only speak like 5 words of Chinese as I do, you can order. At least one of their menu cards is in English. Grab it on the table and write down on a piece of paper what you want to eat.

I had a soup with rice and the small cabbage dish. The cabbage was very delicious. The soup had some tasty crunchy-like things in it and lot's of rice of course. The broth wasn't that tasty though - to add something salty helps.
I payed for each dish NT$ 100.
Sun Moon Lake is very touristy and therefore rather "expensive" compared to other places in Taiwan.
Since this restaurant doesn't close the door it can get kind of chilly on a January evening to sit there: bring your jacket and a sweather ;)

It seems to be ok to bring your own drink with you at cheap places when they don't sell beverages in Taiwan as far as I noticed.

Please note, that the 3rd shop on the left, counted from the visitor center (Wu Sho Si Hai is the second one), also has the chinese charakters 附設素食 written in green on the sign (the last two are for vegetarian food). Google translate shows "vegetarian attached" for this combination (please correct it, if it's wrong).
They have a couple of vegetarian dishes, but there is also meat served. There is an English menu available but it is not complete as I found out.
The nice thing was, at this place they can close the door.
At the moment in January it is like 17°C/63°F during the day, but at night it gets well below 10°C/50°F.

If you like a sweet fruits dessert, I can recommend to buy an Atemoya (don't confuse it with the sugar-apple!)
at one of the different fruit places at the same street (I payed NT$ 70 for one). If it's kind of soft, it's ready to eat. Just peel it with a knive and eventually cut it They might do it for you when you buy it. You also can cut it in half to eat the inside with a spoon.
My second favorite ist passion fruit (cut it in half and eat with a spoon) and ripe Guava.

Pros: English menu, quite delicious, close to bus stop in Shueishe

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Better Than Expected! - Edit

We had dinner in this small restaurant, it has red letters on yellow ground as a sign saying vegetarian. They open at 5pm for dinner - until about 8 pm - and for lunch probably as well. We had the 3 dish 1 soup set for two (400ntd) which was enough. [09:46, 12/27/2014] Clary: The dishes included tofu & edamame beans in a little spicy sauce, stir fried cabbage and sweet potato leaves (I fell in love with the latter - they tasted like baby spinach which is quite rare in Asia!). It came with rice. The miso soup with coriander leaves was a bit boring in the beginning but we asked for some soy sauce and then it was fine :)
[09:48, 12/27/2014] Clary: Everything was quite tasty. They have an english menu and one younger women can speak some as well, so it's no problem if you don't speak Chinese.
[09:50, 12/27/2014] Clary: The restaurant has some red letters on yellow ground as a sign on the outside saying vegetarian in Chinese.

Pros: Vegan, Freshly Cooked

Cons: Not Open In The Afternoon

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It helps if you know Mandarin. - Edit

It's a very casual restaurant that seems to be mom & pop owned with an old man serving as the waiter (You should find him planted in front of the restaurant just 1 store away from the Visitor Center) and an old lady doing the cooking in the back. Most dishes (rice and noodles) seem to range from 100-200 NWD (around $3-6 USD)with multiple people orders at a higher price. The menu was completely in chinese and you could just write down your order if you're like me speaks Cantonese and not Mandarin. I think if you don't speak Chinese at all and feeling a bit adventurous, you should still be ok. There seems to be no drinks available so I don't know if it's alright to BYO or you'll just have until you finished to get something from the various vendors a few shops away. I thought my noodle was slightly bland but the portion was quite large and filled with various veggies. There's also no air condition but then lots of restaurants don't seem to have them either.

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