The only person I know that eats as much as the Taiwanese is my son. Angus – this one is for you!
We are only just getting used to the quantity of food that is served in Taiwan. Everywhere you look there is another restaurant, cafe or street stall. People eat out here all the time. Many times, when the team have been ‘stuffed’ and can’t eat another thing, more dishes start arriving and we realise we have only had the starters. It is not uncommon to have 13 different dishes or to refill a hot pot 4 to 5 times during a meal. Our hosts have been making sure we sample all the different dishes available – too many to remember.
Some of the things we have eaten . . .
Beef noodles, stinky tofu, oyster noodles, sticky rice, chicken roll, spring roll, sushi, spinach, sweet potato leaves, 1000 year old egg, omlette, steamed buns, pork dumplings, vegetable dumplings, shrimp dumplings, white fungus and lotus seed soup, three times cooked duck, spicy tofu, bubble milk tea, duck hotpot, spicy hotpot, milk fish, shrimps, fish soup, squid, baby squid, octopus, tripe (yes tripe!), beef, pork, chicken, shellfish, spinach soup, beef noodle soup, pasta, pizza, pinenut and truffle risotto, bagels, lavender jelly, soft shell crab, silly noodles, deep fried chicken, duck blood jelly, clams, cockles, rice burgers, thai curry, spicy aubergines/eggplant, rice, cauliflower, mushrooms, beans, strawberry soup, pumpkin, grilled eel, chinese sausage, red beans, shaved mango, mango icecream, green tea icecream, strawberry icecream, tofu dessert, almond jelly, all sorts of tofu dishes, baked bread, chicken soup mulitple ways, lots of different stir frys . . .
Two more banquet dinners to go! Chopstick certification completed.
Tomorrow, we have another busy day – the final presentation to the mayor and distingished guests, press interviews, group photo, lunch at city hall, handover to the local team, joining an english class at Zhu-wei Elementary School in Dansui District to read selected books to the children and . . . . . another banquet.
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