Wednesday, August 15, 2007

taiwan hearts FOOD When I asked some teachers this summer in a week long English camp to list the top ten things to do while in Taiwan they listed number one as "eat" and number two as "eat some more." When I asked my kid brother what I should make sure to take our cousins to do and see, the first 75% of his list was all about food!! When I show my students a picture of an armadillo, the very first question they all ask is either "how do you cook it?" or "does it taste good?" Anyone who has been to Taiwan knows that Taiwanese people LOVE food. Every city, every county, every village has a food that it is famous for. And, please do not return back to your hometown and tell people you didn't try the famous foods of the place you just visited. This is a major faux pas. Oh, and instead of bringing back "My grandma went to LA and I all got was this t-shirt" gifts, all you have to do in Taiwan is bring back a box or bag of famous snacks from the town you visited and everyone will be happy. Yes, it is true, the Taiwanese LOVE food. When Sandy posted a youtube video on stinky tofu, I just had to go check it out. I was pleased to find that there are actually a total of six videos on (bizarre) foods in Taiwan. Part 1: Stinky Tofu Part 2: ShrLing Night Market Part 3: Herbal Foods Part 4: A Food Court in 101 Part 5: Foods from Tea Part 6: Aboriginal Foods If you wanna know more about Taiwan, you can learn quite a bit (not just about food) through this Travel Channel show broken into 6 parts. But, if you only have time for one . . . you gotta watch the first one on stinky tofu--THE national food of Taiwan--that "stinks even worse than it sounds." :D But, my two "gripes" with this show are (1) he never leaves Taipei County and (2) they are mostly all unusual foods (not the things we eat on a daily basis). :) But, the name of the show is "Bizarre Foods: Taiwan" so number 2 makes sense. Oh, and he never tried the 1,000 year old egg that was on his plate. . . he is weak I tell you, weak. All kidding aside, I would love for someone to make a show of this quality about the GREAT, unique foods ALL of Taiwan has to offer. I would buy a copy of that DVD for sure!! What's the most bizarre thing you've ever eaten?

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