From Night Market Treats to Food Court Fine Dining

The News Lens
Date: 2017/01/22
By: Jules Quartly

The evolution of Taiwan’s mass market eating establishments has speeded up over the past

Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像

decade to meet developing tastes and higher expectations.

In recent years the long and colorful tradition of food vendors setting up roadside stalls has become less common, as hygiene requirements and city ordinances tighten up.

Taking its place is a multitude of food courts at MRT stops, department stores, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, and universities – even in one of the world’s tallest buildings, Taipei 101.

While it would appear that Taiwan’s plush new food courts are a world away from their chaotic and stained forebears, it’s fairly simple to trace how they developed from the night markets of old, while at the same time incorporating ideas from the United States and Japan.    [FULL  STORY]

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