About Yun Hai Taiwanese Pantry
The Yun Hai Team, photographed in November 2021 by Alistair Matthews.
Yun Hai 雲海 offers a selection of premium ingredients for Chinese and Taiwanese cooking. We source directly from artisans, farms, and soy sauce breweries in Taiwan. Terrain, technique, history, and humanity come together in the traditional foods we distribute.
Our team helps small food businesses based in Taiwan prepare their product for commercial import to an eager audience in the United States. We intend to bring visibility to the culture, cuisine, and independence of Taiwan while offering a selection of fine and fancy ingredients for Chinese cooking.
Yun Hai was founded by Lisa Cheng Smith and Ivan Wu in 2018, with Lillian Lin joining in 2021. We are headquartered in Taichung, Taiwan, and New York City.
Yun Hai 雲海 means “sea of clouds”—it describes a phenomenon that happens high in the mountains of Central Taiwan. In the afternoon, the clouds settle lower than the mountain peaks and cover the land in a blanket of foggy mist. This atmospheric effect is important for growers of Gao Shan Cha 高山茶, or high mountain tea. The dew and moisture creates a climate that makes the tea tender, flavorful, and delicate. To us, it symbolizes the natural beauty of Taiwan and its populations.
Photo of XiTou National Forest © Yun Hai 2016