• Meatballs can be seen everywhere in Taiwan. What makes Hairai's Hsinchu Meatballs the most famous? The reason is 100% real ingredients.

  • Meatballs was invented by people in Fuzhou, China and passed on to people in Hsinchu. During the Japanese rule in Taiwan, Meatballs was praised as a gourmet food by all the juries in a chef competition and made its name across Taiwan. According to the oral lore among old master craftsmen, Meatballs was the invention of a thoughtful daughter-in-law for her old father-in-law, who loved pork, but had difficulty eating it because of his loose teeth. She minced and pounded pork into a paste, seasoned it, made small balls with the seasoned paste and cooked them in boiled water. The cooked balls had a wonderful elastic texture and enhanced the fresh taste of the pork. However, the old man could not chew them and out of rage, told the entire neighborhood how undutiful his daughter-in-law was. The neighbors came to see what was happening, tried these balls and were amazed by their great taste. They then cleared the daughter-in-law of the false accusation. This is how the great taste of Meatballs became known.