From Formosa Boulevard Station, take the orange line to head west. Yanchengpu Station is right before the final stop Sizi-hwan Bay Station.
This area is ideal for taking a walk and understanding the past and present of the city. "Yanchengpu" in Mandarin Chinese is the Taiwanese pronunciation of Yancheng District.
It's located between Port of Kaohsiung and Love River. The area has been prosperous since the Dutch colonial era due to the nearby harbor and was the most bustling area in Kaohsiung at one time. Its dwindling prosperity was due to the migration of the downtown and harbor industrial development to other areas of Kaohsiung.
The opening of the harbor to the public, construction of the MRT Yanchengpu Station and development of high quality cultural sites and hardware have seemed to bring the old Yancheng District back to life.
Yanchengpu Station is one station away from Sizi-hwan Bay Station. After coming out of Yanchengpu Station, it's quite a treat to take your time to walk around and explore some tasty local dishes and then head to Sizi-hwan Bay Station.
Da-gou-ding Aloha Braised Dishes
There are many snack shops around here. One of the best-known shops is the 60-year-old Da-gou-ding Aloha Braised Dishes, located on No. 154 Da-ren Road.
There is another braised dish shop next to it, opened by the same family. The food selections are very similar. We went to Da-gou-ding Aloha Braised Dishes and got ourselves some chicken drumsticks and marinated tofu. The marinated tofu is a unique recipe. The fried tofu skin is shredded before being stewed. The dish tastes delicious and rich.
Popo Shaved Ice
There is the Popo Shaved Ice with whom many stores share the same name. We went to the one located on No. 135 Qi-xian 3rd Road and ordered their signature shaved ice with their proprietary toppings. The toppings are typical of what you see in the shaved ice.
For example, the marinated pineapples and starfruits are made so tender that you can hardly recognize the types of fruit that they are. The shaved ice is softened by the sprinkled syrup, making their signature shaved ice taste unique.