Suspended Noodles 待用麵

What do those two pictures have in common? Hard to guess, but they both illustrate an act of generosity, from random benefactors to strangers in need.

You may actually be already familiar with the left picture which has been going around on social networks. I actually kept ignoring it at the beginning, then, shortly after, the right picture kept popping up as well. So I ended up finally taking the time to read the story and understand what all the fuss was about. That’s how I learned about suspended coffee or more correctly, caffè sospeso, and discovered its Taiwanese localized version, suspended noodles 待用麵.

The lady-boss from the noodle shop where the right picture was taken actually also stumbled on he old man’s picture on facebook, and touched by the story, she decided to implement the idea through her humble business. For those too shy to ask for a suspended bowl of noodles, she goes as as delivering to them. With the outpour of generosity, and a surplus of suspended noodles, the shop also works with local community leaders to pass the word around among those in need.

The noodle stall has received quite a lot of media coverage since starting the suspended meal offer, and the idea has since caught on around the island. Another of those touching suspended meal story, comes a single mother in Hualien, offering suspended breakfasts.

I originally was not planning to write an article about this, but it never hurts to share some kindness. I also discovered that quite a big number of food joints in Taiwan participate in the suspended meal action, so I hope to draw some attention to them, and share their existence with you, my dear readers :). To locate such places, here are some links:

News articles in English about suspended meals:

If you understand Chinese, here’s a mini-documentary featuring the shops mentioned above.


Peut-être connaissez-vous déjà le café en attente? À Taïwan, la gérante d’un petit stand à nouilles, touchée par la photo (en haut à gauche) et l’histoire de cette tradition italienne, en a été tellement émue, qu’elle a décidé de promulguer cet esprit de partage et de générosité avec un système de bols de nouilles en attente. Sur un tableau dans son petit établissement, on peut y voir le nombre de nouilles et autres petits plats en attente. Des plats payés en avance par de simple clients, pour donner un petit coup de mains au plus démunis de la communauté.

La générosité de cette dame n’est pas passé inaperçue dans les médias, et depuis, pleins d’autres établissements à travers Taïwan se sont jetés à l’eau, en implémentant chacun à leur manière un moyen de mettre des repas en attente. Tout comme une mère célibataire à Hualien qui s’est mis à offrir des brunchs en attente pour les enfants.

Pour plus d’informations, voire ci-dessus pour le petit documentaire en chinois, et les liens aux établissements participants aux repas en attente.

(last updated: 2014/12/27 六)

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