Food Archive

  • Xiao Liu Shougong Lamian (小六手工拉麵)

    Xiao Liu Shougong Lamian (小六手工拉麵)

    One of the things that makes me laugh about the various accusations of restaurant roachery (OK, some of these incidents are pretty gross) that surface from time to time in Taiwan is the fact that, in my years here, I’ve seen the hardy pests in dozens of eateries of all levels. From wet market shacks, […]

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  • Ban Taiwanese pork NOW!

    Ban Taiwanese pork NOW!

    “Tests in Taiwanese pork showed the presence of salbutamol sulphate, an additive specialists describe as 2,000 times as toxic as ractopamine. The product stays inside the animals for a long time and at high levels, according to toxicologists.” I posted this quote from a Taipei Times article on Facebook yesterday. My purpose here is not to […]

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  • Houlong’s Innards

    Houlong’s Innards

    Having shed a few pounds of late, I did rather pig out this weekend. Here are some delectables from Saturday night in Houlong (後龍), Miaoli County(苗栗縣). My father-in-law is back from Oz for a spell and we went out with my sisters-in-law and their new additions to the fam. We pretty much always go to […]

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  • Turf War on Taoyuan Street

    Turf War on Taoyuan Street

      Furtive as a street-corner stool-pigeon, Mr. Sun peers from behind a pillar and beckons with that palms-down flap that baffled me when I first saw students use it to signal for assistance, fresh off the plane, a decade ago. I cross over.  “You know why they don’t want you taking pictures?” he asks. There’s no need […]

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  • And throw away the key!

    And throw away the key!

    NB, it has come to light that the story I mention in this post was mistranslated. Ms Liu did not receive a custodial sentence but a fine and a suspended sentence. There is also evidence to suggest a personal vendetta on her part. Let’s start with some home truths. Anyone who doesn’t eat beef noodles at a […]

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  • 川味麵典

    川味麵典

    Far from paltry  Had Jason, following his epic voyage, and having finally landed on the Black Sea shore at Colchis, staggered determinedly onward, Argonauts faithfully following, disposed of the Hydra, and Harryhausen’s funky stop-motion skellingtons; I say, had he gone through all these trials and tribulations, to discover, on entering the oak grove to lay claim to his bounty, that, far from being […]

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  • Rattan Shoots and Buffalo Skin: Eating Laos

    Rattan Shoots and Buffalo Skin: Eating Laos

    Few fields of online “literature” are saturated with as unfecund a manure as that of travel writing; and yet even within these shoddily-fenced boundaries there exists a specially cordoned-off allotment lavished with dung of a calibre that the bowels of even the most malnourished bovine would be hard pressed to shit forth. The lopsided sign […]

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  • Lao Deng’s Dan Dan Noodles (老鄧担担麵)

    Lao Deng’s Dan Dan Noodles (老鄧担担麵)

     Vote-rigging, embezzlement and murder: Taiwan’s beef noodle trade is a microcosm of organized crime. Lao Deng boss Andy actually looks like he could have been a heavy on Taiwan Pili Fire (台灣霹靂火). At the incomparable Lao Zhang (老張) off Yongkang St (永康街), the proprietor Madame Eyebrow has something of the gangster moll about her and her other half, like […]

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  • Crickets at the Red Lantern (女娘的店)

    Crickets at the Red Lantern (女娘的店)

    My old mucker, the eminent local historian Professor Rick W. Coatspill has been on at me for a while about getting the insects in. “A good arthropod,” he opines, “is not to be sniffed at.” Reckons the Indian Beer House on Bade serves up plates of crickets. Or did. Looks like the “Dinosaur,” as the Prof. preferred to call it, has […]

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  • Manlai Hot Spring Ramen (滿來溫泉拉麵)

    Manlai Hot Spring Ramen (滿來溫泉拉麵)

      When it comes to tucker, I’m always on the lookout for something new. This place is in my neighbourhood, up the top of the hill on the Hot Spring Rd. It’s a pleasant 10 minute walk alongside the bubbling spring from Xinbeitou MRT. There’s always a long queue, which – while it’s usually a […]

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