The Korean owner and his wife, Si-Hua Wang, established Xiangjeon Ginseng Chicken Soup Korean Cuisine in Hualien City together. Their cuisine has received rave reviews, and feature signature dishes such as ginseng chicken soup, copper plate barbecue, soy sauce crab, and various traditional Korean cuisines.
The couple’s relationship began when Wang Si-Hua from Hualien went to South Korea for sight-seeing and got acquainted with Kao Juan-Min. Wang, who has a cheerful personality, laughed and said that at that time, neither of them even knew each other’s mother tongue, so they used Google translate and LINE stickers to communicate their feelings. They were meant to be with each other from the very beginning and got married after three or four years together.
When Kao first came to live in Hualien, he was not used to eating Taiwanese food, and could not find his hometown flavor. Therefore, the couple decided to open a restaurant with an authentic “Korean flavor." Kao, who is Virgo, is very particular about food. In order to provide authentic Korean cuisines to their customers, he insists on importing ingredients from South Korea, such as seasoning salt, soy sauce, hot sauce, and Korean ginseng. He has a meticulous attitude towards food preparation.
In their leisure time, the couple likes to enjoy the seascape in Yanliao, Hualien, and barbecue on holidays. Kao, who rarely sees the ocean in South Korea, thinks Hualien’s seascape is stunning. For him, the climate is pleasant, the people are kind, and Hualien is indeed a land of "good mountains, good water, and good life."
As Kao focuses on cooking and Wang warmly greets each customer, Xiangjeon Ginseng Chicken Soup Korean Cuisine has become a must-eat restaurant for Taiwanese and Koreans during their visit to Hualien. It is the top choice for local Korean exchange students and immigrants searching for a taste of home. As for the signature ginseng chicken soup, it has high-quality ingredients and the price is affordable. Korea-imported ginseng, Chinese medicinal ingredients, and fresh Hualien black-boned chicken are slowly cooked, so that the glutinous rice, hidden in the black bone chicken, absorbs the delicious essence. This simple dish that satisfies people’s stomachs and warms their hearts.
Xiangjeon Ginseng Chicken Soup Korean Cuisine
Address: 333-3, Linsen Rd., Hualien City, Hualien County 970, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening Hours: 15:00–22:00 Monday through Friday; 11:30–14:00, 17:00–21:00 on weekends and holidays.