Taiwan is one of the best place in Asia for cuisine. The influx of mainland to Taiwan in 1949 at the time of retirement of the Kuomintang continent caused a real revolution in Chinese cuisine. Chefs from all provinces are assembled together, and so you can find traditional dishes in Taiwan from from every Chinese mainland regions.
Overview of the best and most famous taiwanese dishes :
- Oyster omelet
The eggs are the perfect foil for the little oysters easily found around the island, while sweet potato starch is added to give the whole thing a gooey chewiness -- a signature Taiwan food texture. In Taiwan, a lot of dishes are made with hot oysters.
- Stincky Toffu
This could be the world's premier love-it-or-hate-it snack and Taiwan does it just right.The "fragrant" cube of bean curd is deep-fried and draped with sweet and spicy sauce. It you hold your nose, it looks and tastes just like a plain ol' piece of fried tofu, with a crisp casing and soft center like pudding. Maybe the worst thing i ever smell, and taiwanese love that, so we smell it at every corner, i hope before i leave i will have the strength to taste it
Xiaolongbao may be a Shanghainese delicacy, but some argue the Taiwanese perfected it. Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung does its Shanghai comrades proud with its succulent pork-soup dumplings, near our flat. This is the most famous restaurant in Taiwan, internationally recognized. It is the best thing i ever eat here. It is like a ravioli, steamed, with different kind of things inside such as pork, vegetables, beef...
- Spicy Hot Pot
Taiwanese are mad for spicy hot pot. And who wouldn't be ? The bubbling pots of broth are filled with all sorts of Chinese herbs and spices to create a rich flavor for all the raw, fresh ingredients like all kinds of vegetables that diners will dip into it. New hot pot places pop up in Taiwan every day, each with a gimmick to attract insatiable hot pot diners. There's all-you-can-eat hot pot and yakiniku served at the same table, it is especiall a winter dish.
- Fried Chicken
Taiwanese love fried chicken, and it is one of our favorites dinner in taiwan, because we live near one of the best place for it. A little bit more spicy than the american one, and made with a red bean flavor, with french fries and a milk tea, it is perfect meal.
- Beef Noodle
Beef noodle soup is a Chinese and Taiwanese noodle soup made of stewed or red braised beef, beef broth, vegetables and Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. I really appreciate that dish.
- Braised Pork Rice
As the origin of the flavor, the key to making Minced pork rice is undeniably the sauce. The most popular way of preparation seen in Taiwan is stir-frying the ground meat with sliced shallot in oil before the material is later on boiled in soy sauce. In the frying process, one may customize his unique flavor by adding some condiments such as sugar, rice wine, pepper and other spices, and it is served with white rice. The perfect dish when i am broken. You can eat it everywhere in Taipei and one of the more popular dish here.
- Iron Egg
Eggs stewed in soy sauce, usually with their shells still on but cracked throughout, until they are flavourful and chewy in texture. In french we call that 100 years old eggs, and it looks like a big fish eye and totally disgusting.
- Ba Wan
Consisting of a 6–8 cm diameter disk-shaped translucent dough filled with a savory stuffing and served with a sweet and savory sauce. The stuffing varies widely according to different regions in Taiwan, but usually consists of a mixture of pork, bamboo shoots, and shiitake mushrooms. Changhua-style ba-wan is considered to be the "standard" ba-wan as it is the most famous and most widely imitated of all styles of ba-wan.
- Bubble tea
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or yung-marc, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s. Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed/shaken with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls and/or fruit jellies are often added. The "bubble" refers to the foam created by shaking the tea, which itself is called "pao4mo4" (泡沫) tea, meaning "frothy/foamy" tea. It is really good, every young taiwanese love and drink that and i know that there is a place in Lyon where you can find it.
As a sport lover, i definitely have to write an article which talk about sport here. Since i am here i practice a lot of sport and i think now i am able to talk about sport here.
First i have to that, thank's to a lot of parks, cycle roads, playgrounds, taiwanese people are very sporty. The most popular spectator sport is baseball. It is commonly considered the national sport in Taiwan.Due to political reasons and pressures from the People's Republic of China, the organisations or national teams from Taiwan have been competing as Chinese Taipei in international sporting events, such as the Olympic Games.
Baseball was first introduced during Japanese rule. It is the most popular spectator sport in Taiwan. The professional baseball league is the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), and the main playoff competition is the Taiwan Series. Taiwan has been "exporting" baseball talents to Japan and United States over the past few decades, such as Tai-Yuan Kuo (Taigen Kaku) to the Seibu Lions, Chien-Ming Wang to the New York Yankees/Washington Nationals, and Wei-Yin Chen to the Baltimore Orioles. The Chinese Taipei baseball team is currently the seventh ranked baseball team in the world. I really hope to see a match before i leave.
Basketball is the most popular ball sport in Taiwan that people actually play. The men's and women's basketball leagues are the Super Basketball League (SBL) and the Women's Super Basketball League (WSBL), respectively. Since i am here, i try to begin to play basketball, it is impressive to see how taiwanese love basketball, they all wear basketball jerseys and play in playgrounds (at every corner) all day and night long. And at the university, every boys and a lot of girl practice basketball. They also play volley ball and badminton, but i am really sad to see as a frenchboy that taiwanese do not play football. Here i practice three times a week running, swimming and gym and i can see that those three sports are really appreciate by local people too, even swimming is especially more for old people that really make me feel a good swimmer. Old people also practice tennis here, because there are in taipei a lot of public tennis ground. Martial arts such as t'ai chi ch'uan and taekwondo are also practiced by many people.
I have to say that the sporty discovery here is golf. Here it is really cheap to practice this sport (5 euros for 2hours) and so every week, with my roommates we go to a driving range near our apartment to romp ourselves.
2 years ago, i had visited the forbidden city in Beijing, i really enjoy it, but i really feel that this place seems empty. When i arrived in Taiwan i understand why i felt the forbidden city empty, when i decided to go to the The National Palace Museum, adviced by every taiwanese as the most important place to see in Taipei. The National Palace Museum and the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, share the same roots. The old Palace Museum in Beijing split in two as a result of the Chinese Civil War, which divided China into the two entities of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People's Republic of China (PRC) respectively, cause when Chang Kai Check arrived in Taiwan, he came with all the forbidden city's treasures.
The National Palace Museum is an antique museum in Shilin, Taipei, Republic of China. It is one of the national museums in Taiwan, and has a permanent collection of more than 696,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. The collection encompasses over 10,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty.Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China's ancient emperors.
Beitou（北投）is northernmost district of Taipei City and is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Taipei’s crowded business districts. Recognized for its hot springs, historical sites, and lush green environment, Beitou was named one of the top 10 small tourist towns by the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau in 2012.
The name Beitou originates from the Ketagalan aborigine word for the area, Kipatauw (“home of witches”), as many of the local rivers and ponds emit an eerie steam due to geothermal warming of the hot springs. During the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945), the area was developed into a hot springs resort. In the early days, Beitou was a renowned red light district where men would go to soak in the hot springs and later feast on delicious cuisine while being entertained by beautiful young female performers. The Taiwanese government began to clean up the area in the late 1980s, and today it is one Taiwan’s major tourist attractions with numerous well preserved architectural treasures dating back over 100 years.
Beitou is one of the largest concentrations of hot springs and spas in the world. Once a small park where locals used to relax in the hot springs, the Beitou Valley has evolved today to include over thirty resorts; A 20-minute train ride north of Taipei takes you to Beitou. The resorts and spas are regarded by many locals and international tourists as among the most relaxing and rejuvenating places in the country. The spas consist of different degree pools (from cool to very hot) and minerals. However, residents of this district note that sulfuric fumes from the hot springs do ruin their electric appliances in the long term. You can also go to the public hot spring like in this photo and it's one of my favorite place in Taipei.
Whether intentionally or not, Katy Perry wore an outfit many took as a political statement during her recent concert in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. Perry donned the flag of Taiwan as a cape while wearing a sunflower dress on Tuesday night, an outfit with two-fold pro-Taiwan imagery. Sunflowers were the key image of the Sunflower Student Movement of spring 2014, which found groups protesting a Chinese trade agreement that many saw as unfair to Taiwan. As for the flag, it's arguably a political statement in itself -- as Quartz points out, it wasn't included in the 2012 Olympic Games.
But was the political imagery intentional? The sunflower connection might be coincidental -- Perry has worn that outfit on her Prismatic Tour before. The Taiwan flag, however, was a new addition for her Taipei concert, although it's unknown if Perry meant it as a political statement or simply as tribute to her audience. Regardless, some took it that way, with many writing they were touched or moved to tears on social media.
The relationship between Taiwan (Republic of China) and China (People's Republic of China) is complicated as i explained in my geopolical article. While some see Taiwan as an independent nation, many others -- including the United States -- have formally endorsed the "One China" policy, which adheres to the People's Republic of China's position that it is the sole legitimate government.
Katy Perry do not make an interview about that and we still do not know if it political or not, but it makes a lot of noise here in Taiwan, and a lot of Taiwanese really enjoy the controversy, few days before the meeting between Xi Jinping (Chinese president) and Eric Chu (The président of KMT), first meeting between Taiwan and China since 65 years.
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