If one was to ask 100 people to describe Taitung in 100 ways, the last word that would come to mind is “luxurious”. However, owner of French restaurant Dulan Crap, which situated in the heart of Dulan Village, precisely uses this word to describe Taitung.
When he first arrived in Taiwan, Patrick was living a busy life in Taipei. After a while, however, his natural instincts for nature and romance kicked in, inspiring him to find a new place to settle where he can just breathe. It took one trip around Taiwan with his wife, Ru-Jun, to decide that Dulan, Taitung would be their new home.
Why didn’t they choose Hualien? After all, life in Hualien is considered to be more convenient than Taitung. “We hadn’t even gotten to Hualien yet, and he was already sure!” says Ru-Jun, without giving Patrick a chance to answer. During the entire interview, besides getting a better understanding of why this chef from northern France loves Taitung so much, the atmosphere was relaxing and entertaining, in particular the cute squabbling between husband and wife. It was clear that this unusual French-Nepalese pairing, which chose to settle on the east coast of Taiwan, didn’t anticipate that their destiny would be this wonderful.