Food

Halifax’s tofu maker brought Taiwan to Canada

CBC News
Date: Jul 12, 2015

Pay Chen remembers eating the tofu fresh and warm from the mould.

Food writer, Pay Chen can remember her parents working long hours for little pay when

Pay Chen remembers eating the tofu fresh and warm from the mould.

Pay Chen remembers eating the tofu fresh and warm from the mould.

they moved to Canada from Taiwan.

She also remembers how hard her parents worked for very little pay. But she also remembers there always being food for her and her brother to eat, especially tofu.

“I do have memories of my dad bringing it fresh and it still being warm that’s something that most people won’t get to experience is having it just out of the mold … being able to eat it warm with soy sauce, garlic or green onion,” said Chen.

Tofu has become a staple in the refrigerators of many Maritimers6:42

They found it difficult to find the flavours from home when they moved to Halifax.     [FULL  STORY]

5 of the tastiest foods I ate in Taiwan — and one of the strangest

Yahoo News
Date: July 8, 2015
By: Lyndsay Hemphill

There are plenty of reasons to travel to Taiwan, but one thing any traveler to Taiwan should be most excited about is the food.

From restaurants with certain specialties to night markets where you can sample a wide array of snacks, delicious food is pretty much all around.

I recently spent two weeks traveling around the whole island, and sampled as much as I could. These five foods are not to be missed.

1. Coffin Bread (棺材板)
coffin toast
(Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider)

Michael McDonough/Flickr

coffin toast(Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider)

Granted not the most appetizing of names, but coffin bread (also called coffin toast or coffin sandwich) was far and away the most interesting and delicious food I tried.

Coffin bread is a piece of super thick white bread French Toast, that is hollowed out and stuffed with something tasty. Originally invented in the southern city of Tainan, I sampled this snack at the Zhiqiang night market in Hualien.

Coffin toast(Michael McDonough/Flickr)

You can pick from among a wide range of fillings, including three-cup chicken or pepper beef. The mixture of sweet and savory really hits the spot, and the toast is easy to munch on as you wander through the rest of the market.

Coffin Toast(Lyndsay Hemphill/Business Insider) Innards of the coffin toast sandwich

Someone needs to make this snack a reality in the States, please.     [FULL  STORY]

Tranditional Hakka Banquet 東勢客家美食辦桌 票券開賣

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 08, 2015

To promote Hakka cuisine, the Taichung City government will hold a Dongshih Hakka

Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung, center, stands in front of a table of various Hakka dishes on Tuesday last week as he welcomes the public to sample classic delicacies in Taichung’s Dongshih Township. 台中市長林佳龍上週二站在一桌多樣的客家料理前歡迎大眾前來品嚐道地的佳餚。攝於台中東勢。 Photo: Lee Chung-hsien, Liberty Times 照片:自由時報記者李忠憲

Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung, center, stands in front of a table of various Hakka dishes on Tuesday last week as he welcomes the public to sample classic delicacies in Taichung’s Dongshih Township.
台中市長林佳龍上週二站在一桌多樣的客家料理前歡迎大眾前來品嚐道地的佳餚。攝於台中東勢。
Photo: Lee Chung-hsien, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者李忠憲

Cuisine Outdoor Banquet next month. The venue will have one hundred banquet tables and can seat one thousand people. The public can indulge in Hakka cuisine while enjoying a wonderful program of performances and a raffle. Tickets to the event have already gone on sale, with a number of tickets still available; one ticket reserves one table. People that are interested may purchase tickets on the ibon online booking system.

Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung used the slogan “South and north Taiwan eat to get full, while Taichung eats smart” to recommend everyone to head to Dongshih to try out the cuisine. Lin said, aside from eating smart, Taichung food is extordinarily varied, and the authentic cuisine of Dongshih has the purist Hakka flavor. For only NT$3,999, you can enjoy 12 Hakka dishes. Lin recommends that everyone register for the event as early as possible to have a good meal together and experience rich Hakka culture.

The Economic Development Bureau says the Dongshih Hakka Cuisine Outdoor Banquet will bring together Dongshih township’s local Hakka seal meat, drunken chicken and fresh shrimp, assorted Hakka grass jelly, pickled mustard-green pork soup and more, served at an outdoor banquet with one hundred tables and seating for one thousand people. The bureau hopes the event will raise the profile of Taichung’s Hakka food culture.     [FULL  STORY]

‘Watermelon toast’ is the bizarre new food trend in Taiwan, with hundreds queuing every day to get their hands on a loaf – which tastes nothing like the fruit

Jimmy’s Bakery in Yilan County, Taiwan created ‘Watermelon Toast’. The bread tastes nothing like watermelon. Hundreds of customers are queuing daily to buy the loaves. The bakery makes approximately 100 loaves per day

The Daily Mail
Date: 29 June 2015
By: Andrea Magrath For Daily Mail Australia

Bread that looks just like watermelon has become the hottest food in Taiwan.

Jimmy’s Bakery, in Yilan County, is selling loaves of the vibrant green, pink and black

Flavour confusion: According to reports, the bread tastes nothing like watermelon Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3142799/Watermelon-toast-bizarre-new-food-trend-Taiwan-hundreds-queuing-day-hands-loaf.html#ixzz3eVY9lT4O Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Flavour confusion: According to reports, the bread tastes nothing like watermelon

‘watermelon toast’.

Hundreds of customers have started lining up every day to get their hands on a prized loaf, according to CCTV News.

The bread – which tastes nothing like watermelon – is made with charcoal, green tea and strawberry food colouring to create the bright colours of the seeds, rind and flesh.

A YouTube video showing how the bizarre bread can be created at home reveals that it can taste like chocolate, strawberry or green tea.     [FULL  STORY]

Top food company challenges local government check on zongzi

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/06/17
By: Bien Chin-feng, Tien Yu-pin and Kuo Chung-han

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) I-Mei Food Co. (義美), one of Taiwan’s biggest and most reputable food 2015061700341companies, on Wednesday demanded local health authorities to re-examine the wrap of its zongzi after it had been found to contain more sulfur dioxide (SO2) than allowed.

I-Mei said it has regularly sampled its zongzi leaves and was sure of its safety.

Taoyuan’s Public Health Department sampled 80 ingredients for making zongzi (粽子), a glutinous rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival, including small dried shrimp (xiami), dried mushroom (xianggu) and zongzi leaves and publicized the results earlier on Wednesday.     [FULL  STORY]

Savoring a Taste of Taiwan

Roll Call
Date: June 2 2015
By: Jason Dick

Things one learns at Taste of Taiwan: Even the healthiest foods benefit from putting

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

something fried on top, Taiwan’s top man in Washington loves to croon show tunes and former Rep. Lester Wolff has a connection to “Mad Men.”

For its May 21 dinner at Twin Oaks Estate in Northwest Washington, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office pulled together some of its favorite chefs, musicians, friends and allies for a little sorghum liquor, island food and song. Along with Wolff, Congress was represented at dinner by Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., and Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I.

Fried Up, Ready to Go

“All I can say about this dinner is, ‘Wow,’” said Wolff, a New York Democrat and longtime supporter of Taiwan. He could have been referring to any number of dishes by Chef Meng-Jen Pan and his assistant, Chef Wan-Li Tsai, Taiwanese toques brought to Twin Oaks for the occasion.     [FULL  STORY]