Once we arrived at 東港 Donggang from 小琉球 Xiao Liu Qiu Island, we went to explore the 東港華橋市場 Donggang Seafood Market. While we had read online that the Donggang Seafood Market was closed on Fridays, at least half the stalls were opened when we were there, including some stalls selling raw chicken and fish.
There were plenty of stalls selling sashimi and seafood, so we picked one that appeared to slice their fish only upon orders. The sashimi was fresh, and we particularly enjoyed the toro and swordfish. The normal tuna was not bad too. We have had better salmon before, and would recommend that instead of ordering the generic Moriawase Mixed Platter (we paid NT500 for our platter), just pick the fish marked as signature, or the seasonal specials.
Moving along, we also tried a local snack 旗魚黑輪 (NT10 each). Freshly deep-fried, it was very QQ and tasty! Then we spotted another popular stall, so we got another one for comparison 😛 For the same price, the latter was more dense and had more egg inside. We also tried a yummy 花枝排 Squid Fillet (NT40) from the second stall.
Since we were meeting Ms K at Kaohsiung city for more food adventure, we did a car pool back to Kaohsiung Station (NT150 per pax), and managed to do an early check-in to our hotel room just before 2pm. Basically, we went back to the ferry terminal where there were vendors holding signboard advertisement. We had to wait a while as there were no ferries scheduled to arrive yet when we were done with lunch. However, there was also another group of 3 pax looking for transport to Zuoying shortly after us, and the 5 of us took a comfortable 9-seater mini van together. The ride to Kaohsiung Station was about 50 minutes, and just slightly more expensive than taking public transport.