London, March 17 (CNA) Respected travel authority Lonely Planet gave a shout out to Taiwan's culinary scene on its website last week, calling the country a "secret foodie wonderland" with a diversity of influences.

Author Megan Eaves noted that many of Taiwan's dishes are hybrid creations that blend Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese culinary traditions to represent the different cultural influences over Taiwan's long history of colonization.

"The word 'fusion' gets thrown around a lot in culinary circles... but the Taiwanese really know what it's all about," she said in the article.

On her list of "don't-miss dishes," Eaves included xiao long bao (pork dumplings filled with soup broth), niu rou mian (beef noodles), dan zai noodles, cong zhua bing (flaky disc-like flatbread made with scallions) and gua bao (pork sandwiches).

On the "if-you-dare dishes" list are stinky tofu, squid, fried sandworms, pig intestines, century eggs and oyster omelets.

Eaves also compiled a list of "drink your heart out" beverages, from Taiwanese beer to pearl milk tea, oolong tea and even local expressions of coffee.

Although Taiwan has not short of gourmet restaurants like the world renowned Din Tai Fung dumpling house, much of Taiwan's best food is to be found in small, local restaurants, the article said.

"Perhaps the finest night market scene in the world" can be found locally, making up the mainstay of Taiwan's snack culture and night life, the article continued.

"The best plan is no plan: get lost in the market, eat when you're hungry and pop your head into shops and stalls that look enticing." 

Taiwan offers the gamut of Chinese cuisines; Taipei’s got the best Japanese outside Tokyo; and night markets around the island offer endless feasts of local snacks. Try stewed spare ribs, oyster omelettes and ‘slack-season noodles’. In the countryside, sample hearty staples of the Hakka people, or aboriginal fare including mountain vegetables and rice steamed in bamboo shells.

KEELUNG NIGHT MARKET

Encompassing several square blocks, this famous area became known for its great food during the Japanese occupation. Nowadays, this is considered the best place in Taiwan for street snacks. Though some shops are open during the day, it’s after dark when the place really comes to life.

TAINAN'S SNACK FOOD

Snack your way through this historic city, which is said to be where a number of Taiwanese dishes originated. To try out some traditional food look for dan zai noodles, coffin cake, oily rice or seafood congee. Some of the best areas for casual eating are down atmospheric alleys lined with shops selling fried dishes, along with drinks and snacks.

TEA

Boasting good soil, humid conditions and sunny weather, Taiwan is a prime tea-growing area. High-mountain oolongs will blow your taste buds away with their creamy texture and honey flavours, and the ruby colour and sweet aroma of Oriental Beauty tea might just convince you to make it your new morning ‘coffee’.

DINTAIFUNG, TAIPEI

With Taipei’s most celebrated dumplings, Dintaifung is deservedly popular for Shanghai-style treats made fresh to order. Try the classic, award-winning xiaolong bao (steamed pork dumplings). This spot is very popular with locals and visitors alike.

SUCCULENT FRUIT

Blessed with an astonishing range of climates and soils, and a populace that’s in the know when it comes to fruit, Taiwan is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth naturally. Start with something familiar: cut up pineapple, honeydew melon, or a little guava, before moving on to starfruit, wax apple, tangerine or custard apple.


CIFADAHAN CAFÉ, MATAI’AN

Don’t miss the food at this Matai’an institution. Run by a talented indigenous artist whose aboriginal-themed carvings and furniture adorn the restaurant, dishes include a 19-vegetable salad and a hot pot brought to the boil with fire-heated stones. The huge set meals offer a range of dishes to sample.

知名旅遊指南「孤獨星球」最新文章報導,歷經不同外來文化,台灣美食呈現獨特的融合口味,台灣廚師常獲獎、夜市盛行,台北到處有美食地點,可和東京、香港、新加坡媲美。

這篇名為「台灣:一個神秘美食仙境」的報導,由孤獨星球(Lonely Planet)北亞地區編輯伊維斯(Megan Eaves)親自訪台品嘗美食後撰寫。

報導說,「融合」一詞在烹飪圈充斥,有人將甜甜圈搭配牛角麵包就稱為融合,不過台灣知道如何做到食物融合。葡萄牙人、荷蘭人、西班牙人、日本人、早期來自中國大陸的移民前後都在這裡立足,台灣的食物結合本地的口味,創造出真正的混合菜餚。

伊維斯在文章中介紹了到台灣不能錯過的美食,包括小籠包、牛肉麵、擔仔麵、蔥抓餅、刈包等。如果老饕膽大點,她推薦品嘗臭豆腐、花枝、炒沙蟲、豬腸、皮蛋和蚵仔煎。

不可錯過的料理:小籠包、牛肉麵、擔仔麵、蔥抓餅、割包
膽大者可試:臭豆腐、炭烤魷魚、炒沙蟲、豬腸、皮蛋、蚵仔煎
必喝飲料:珍珠奶茶、烏龍茶、咖啡、台灣啤酒
其中咖啡雖然不是台灣特產,但伊維斯對台灣咖啡文化如此普及相當驚訝,文章中說很多咖啡店開到深夜,甚至還可把照片印在拿鐵拉花上。
 

source:
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201403180012.aspx
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/competitions/taiwan-the-beautiful-isle/taiwan-food.php
http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?no=969875&type=%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%9B
http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/international/20140318/362046/%E3%80%8A%E5%AF%82%E5%AF%9E%E6%98%9F%E7%90%83%E3%80%8B%E6%97%85%E9%81%8A%E6%8C%87%E5%8D%97%EF%BC%9A%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3%E7%BE%8E%E9%A3%9F%E4%BB%99%E5%A2%83