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Food Choices In Taiwan

December 19th, 2008 by

Oyster OmeletThere are so many yummy delicacies to try when you are in Taiwan that your stomach will surely beckon you to go out of your hotel room and search for all those goodies.  Definitely, your growling stomach will force you to go out of your room even if you are staying at the posh Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei – a hotel is located in the eastern part of Taipei and is a short walk from the Jen Ai Road circle where you can have a great view of grand Taipei 101.

Taiwanese cuisine is pretty rich and has evolved from a number of influences from China and Japan. The type of food that you will find in Taiwan has a lot to do with its geographic location and abundance of natural resources like delicious fruits, poultry, seafoods, etc. Dishes are normally seasoned with soy, sesame oil, chili peppers, mixed with pork or chicken that is topped on hot steamed rice.

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Taipei 101: Soaring High Above Everything Else

December 12th, 2008 by

The posh Taipei 101, the world’s tallest building at 508 meters, opened its doors to the eager public in soft opening that was held in November 2003 and completely opened in 2004. President Chu Shui-ban cut the ribbon for the opening of the Taipei 101 Shopping Mall inside the skyscraper. Chen said during the opening that “Taipei 101 is not only the world’s tallest building, it also symbolizes that Taiwan is in step with the world.”

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Hello Kitty Says Hello Kiddies!

December 8th, 2008 by

Sanrio Store in Ikebukuro, TokyoHello! Kitty, the mouth-less feline icon recognized the world over, has started greeting new fans in Taiwan right after their birth. The 30-bed Hau Sheng Hospital in Yuanlin, central Taiwan, has claimed to be the only maternity hospital in the world with authorization from the beloved cartoon cat’s Japanese parent company Sanrio Co, Ltd. Hau Sheng was built for T$100 million (US$3 milion) by Director Tsai Tsung-chi, who hopes the cuddly feline will help assuage the fears and difficulty of childbirth among its patients. Tsai expresses his hope that young mothers suffering from illness and birthing will smile and relax when they see the images of the adorable cat. He specifically chose Hello Kitty as the theme due to her popularity within his own family; namely, his mother, his wife and his daughter.

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Feast On These Asian Festival Foods!

October 30th, 2008 by

MooncakeSome Asian delicacies are so one-of-a-kind, they are served only on special occasions. Some of these are made available as a culinary highlight of the festivities, while others are so culturally significant they are the very center of many celebrations.

Here are 7 eastern food fares that are served especially during Asian festivals.

Mooncake

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month every year in Chinese communities. It coincides with many harvest festivals which occur in Western societies. It is during this time that mooncakes, a sweet moon-shaped pastry dish made with sesame seeds, lotus seed paste, and salted duck eggs, are served and exchanged as gifts.

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Delicious Asian Street Foods

October 27th, 2008 by

Newton Circus Hawker CentreNothing comes close to an affordable, exotic, and authentic Asian experience as sampling the region’s street food. Whether they are baked, grilled, fried, or steamed, these commoner’s culinary creations may be remade into expensive and pretentious entrees at elite restaurants, but we all know the best-tasting of these simple dishes come from the humble street hawkers of appreciative Asian cities.

Here are a few samples of Asian street food for you to savor.

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Look Down From Awesome Observation Decks In Asia

October 20th, 2008 by

Nothing starts a city-wide tour than by viewing the whole city from high above. Whether its from a tower, a skybridge, or even an observation wheel, a bird’s eye view of the streets, the buildings, the people, and the lights is something to be part of the memories of your trip.

Here are nine skyscraping perches which overlooks magnificent Asian cities.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

This 101-story mixed-use tower accomplishes so  many things, like being China’s tallest building, the world’s third tallest building, and the world’s tallest hotel. The observation deck on it is the world’s highest, being located on the 97th to 100th floor, some 450 meters above the ground. Visitors will have to pay 150 Yuan for the chance to see Shanghai from so far up. Sad to say, the designers were forced to abandon plans to include a Ferris wheel on top, which would have made the view from above Shanghai even Shang-higher.

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I am in the Toilet and I Do Not Remember Eating Yet

June 2nd, 2008 by

Pen and Paper. Peanut butter and jelly. Porcelain and food. If you think about it, the history of the last pair has been intertwined ever since humanity came up with the idea of cuisine. Porcelain is used to create not only the dishes which hold the food we eat, but also the toilets to hold the food we excrete. And now, from a culture that celebrates both porcelain and food, comes a restaurant devoted to the dual role of porcelain in our digestive cycle.view of Modern Toilet seats

Marton Modern Toilet (Marton is derived from Matong, the chinese term for ‘toilet’) is a chain of a dozen or so theme dining establishments that revolves around toilets and urinals. Based in the Shilin district of Taipei and other major cities of Taiwan, this restaurant group stuns diners with interior decoration that continually remind them that the food we eat will eventually come out.

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