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Bread Demon

What the hell is that? I think my latest entry deserves an explanation.

There was a time when this location was the place of a local legend. The legend says that in YÁO KǍO SHĀNZHÀI CŪN – 窯烤山寨村 a baby demon had been kidnapped by the local villagers. When his father found out his son disappeared he rushed to the village to take him back but was killed by the local folks. Eventually those people realized that the demon baby was too big to be raised  by humans, and they let him go back. Yeah, I know, it’s a weird story. But not as weird as the demon with the scrotal bell:



It’s definitely an interesting place.

If you’re wondering what is it, it’s a bakery-restaurant, and a huge one to be more precise. Every weekend and during holidays this place is crowded by hundreds of people waiting in line to get a table or buy some baked goods. The location is a bit in the middle of nowhere between Yilan city and the mountains to the west, so if you’re planning a hiking or cycling trip in that direction I’d say this place is definitely worth a stop. Even if you don’t plan to have a full meal there’s the chance to buy some of the local cakes, cookies and traditional desserts.



Food here is a bit on the expensive side (it’s a tourist attraction), but not out-of-this-world expensive. The food is nice and servings are pretty big.



“Is that a baguette in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”. In this case, probably both.


There’s not a lot of English going on there,  and they don’t have a website either. Best thing you can do is to Google 窯烤山寨村, it will be your only result and you can check map and directions.