Off to Taiwan!

Delightful Taiwan is how we framed our mind when we headed off to the airport. It is certainly not me, but Suan seems to have this “butterflies in the stomach” excitement each time she embarks on another adventure. So, to alleviate that we made off for the airport already at 9am when our flight is at 1pm. More than enough time to shop and use the lounge.

So we are here now.

It is a 6-day journey, one which is focused more on the culinary delights that the island offers. The demographics favour Taiwan. Now we are talking about Chinese cuisine, and not the global spread.

Within the Chinese cooking and cuisine styles we thought there are broadly six categories, but it seems there are eight :

  • Cantonese
  • Sichuanese
  • Jiangsu
  • Zhejiang
  • Fujian/Minnanese
  • Hunanese
  • Anhui
  • Shandong

Not to say that the other parts of China do not have great cuisine…

What’s that gotta do with Taiwan? For starters, when the KMT retreated to the island it was not just folks from one province that came. Within the well over 2 million folks came people from all over China. Its true that a larger segment of the population descends from the Fujianese that is barely 100+km away.

All these people brought with them their own unique dishes. Over the past 70+ years, you can imagine some of the ‘hybridization’ that would have invariably taken place leading to the melange that is called Taiwan cuisine. Granted Mel’s got to be in the office for two days, but we will be there to see, smell, hear and taste as much as humanly possible within restraint of a few days.

Wish you were here!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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