Frozen Garlic wrote an article on the Taiwanese take on corruption, drawing a parallel with the practice of honest graft, a concept dating back to 19th century American Political History. The article is a short read and provides an interesting insight into the Taiwanese state of mind.
I once candidly asked a Taiwanese acquaintance about the currently-in-jail ex-president Chen Shui-bian and the scandals he was involved in, and just like in the case of Frozen Garlic, I was fascinated by his reply, along the lines of “It’s ok if he took some money, we can turn a blind eye on it, as long as he pushed the country forward and worked for the common people”.
And now, I am feeling a tad smarter knowing that what he described was a case of honest graft 8-) .
The movie was uploaded on the Public Television Service channel, so I can only assume that it’s 100% legal, haha. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese version has been edited down to 50 minutes (to satisfy an hour slot of TV program I imagine) in comparison to the original version which lasts 83 minutes. And since it’s the Taiwanese version, dialogues in Chinese are not translated, which means more listening and reading practice for you ;) .
The documentary was released in 2012, so if you are already very familiar with Taiwan, the movie may not hold too much novelty as you’ll likely already have heard of the places featured, and now made popular thanks to TV shows and the written press. But you’ll maybe have a sting of nostalgia with the few glimpses (at 1:00 and 3:55 <= cool aerial view) of the edible community garden that used to exist near Taipei 101. I actually never realized that the garden almost took up almost the entire block, and to think it’s now covered in concrete :'( .
At any rate, familiar or not with Taiwan, if you like this little piece of land, its food and scenery, and have 50 minutes to kill, then it should be a pleasant watch. Enjoy! :)
Actually, calm isn’t really the state I am in whenever I head to Foncha, no, I am rather EXCITED! Yes, that excited. :D
When did I first discover Hong-Kong style milk tea? I don’t remember, but I know that in the land of milk teas, Hong-Kong style milk tea reigns supreme for me, closely followed by Indian masala chai, trailed by a tie between Taiwanese bubble tea and Thai iced tea, and Tibetan butter tea to close off my ranking. Tibetan butter technically doesn’t have any milk but the butter gives it the appearance and a bit of the taste of milk tea, it is an acquired taste, and I am still working on acquiring it. Am I missing out on another variation of delicious milk tea out there? Oops, I digress!
See, whenever I’d follow my Hong-Kong pals at a Cantonese restaurant, I’d always let them order dishes, as long as I had my cup of Hong-Kong style milk tea, I was a happy cat; although I was always disappointed that it never seemed to last long enough in comparison to those never-ending cup of Taiwanese bubble tea. Continue reading →
So, another food scandal has again hit Taiwan. Again, it’s about tainted oil, and again, it involves subsidiaries operated by Ting Hsin 頂新. It’s thethirdtime in less than a year, and as the press briefly mentions it in the latest articles, Ting Hsin was also behind the case of the poisonous PCB-taintedrice bran oil in 1979. Back then, they retreated to China, launched a few food ventures there before coming back to Taiwan in 2002.
A facebook event (now closed), currently counting 141 thousands participants at the time of this writing, has been was set up and united 162.1K people in support of the boycott and call for a complete withdrawal of all Ting Hsin operation in Taiwan. If you wish to continue partaking in the boycott, check for the list of Ting Hsin’s subsidiaries here and here.
Eat safe and Happy Monday to you all! :)
This article is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Taiwanese Consumers. ;)