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Taiwan Cuisine

History of Taiwan

Taiwanese Food History
The food of Taiwan is often associated with the food of Mainland China, and from the province of Hokkein, or Fujian. But there are many influences that come from all over China. There is also a strong Japanese influence from the time that Taiwan was ruled by Japan. There is much traditional Chinese food that exists in Taiwanese food, including Hadda and Fujian style foods, as well as dishes that are native to Taiwan. These include dishes that come from Chaoshan, Shanghai, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Beijing, Hunan, and Sichuan.

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Traditional Food in Taiwan
Taiwanese food is also influenced by where it lies on the globe. Taiwan is a crowded island, which caused the people to find other ways to get protein other than in farms. This has encouraged a strong use of seafood, which includes large fish like tuna and grouper to smaller fish such as anchovies and sardines. It is also common to eat cuttlefish, squid and crustaceans.
Since the island has a sub-tropical climate, Taiwan is able to grow many kinds of fruit that include melons, citrus fruit, starfruit, and papayas. There are also many fruits that are imported to the country. Other products grown include corn, pork, tea, rice, beef, poultry, and fish as well as other kinds of vegetables and fruits.

 

Taiwan Dishes

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          Taiwanese Dishes

  • Jiaozi - This is a kind of dumpling that is made of ground meat or vegetable filling that has been wrapped up into a thin piece of dough that is then sealed crimping the edges together.
  • Ba-wan - This is a snack food in Taiwan made of dough that is filled with stuffing and served with a sauce that is sweet.
  • Yóuyú geng - This is a soup of cuttlefish that is thickened with fish paste.
  • Sanbeiji - This is a dish of chicken that has a sauce made from rice wine, sesame oil and soy sauce.
  • Oyster omelet - This dish is an omelet filled with small oysters.
  • Oyster vermicelli - This is a noodle soup made up of misua and oysters.
  • Pork ball soup - This is a meatball that is made up of minced pork, cuttlefish and starch.
  • Small sausage in large sausage - This is a snack in Taiwan. It is a pork sausage that is wrapped in a sticky rice sausage.
  • Baozi - This is a kind of bun that is steamed and filled with meat or vegetables.
  • Douhua - This dessert is made with soft tofu and topped with cooked peanuts, oatmeal or syrup that has been flavored by almond or ginger.
 

Taiwan Drink

          Taiwan Drinks

  • Kaoliang - This is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Taiwan. It is a grain liquor that has been distilled.
  • Bubble Tea - This is the most popular Taiwanese drink. There are many milk tea stalls seen in large Taiwanese cities.
  • Grass Jelly Tea - This is a common drink in Taiwan. Jelly is heated and melted and enjoyed as a dessert drink.

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