It’s always a nice idea to try the local food when travelling, particularly those recommended by the locals. In my experience, usually a long queue of locals outside a restaurant is a good sign.
This Nian Nian Xiao Guan is a nice local restaurant that has three branches in Yilan. The one I went to was in Yilan. It was a unique big restaurant with only one floor. The structure looks like a corrugated iron type of old building. The banners on the outside feature some old photos of agricultural activities in Yilan. There are plenty of parking space which is very unique to this restaurant.
The old wooden tables and benches create a traditional atmosphere. You don’t see these wooden benches often any more. There are also some farming tools in a corner as decorations.
There menu is quite extensive with a lot of variety. I picked a vegetable dish and asked a local person to recommend the rest. There are quite a lot of deep fried surprisingly. Overall, food is good and very affordable. No wonder why it is so popular among the locals. I bet foreigners like it too. I like it.