Inaugurating the Weekly Tidbits series, where I hope to share some snapshots of daily life in Taiwan, and whatever clever (or not) comments I have. Enjoy!
At last, I ate my first pidan tofu 皮蛋豆腐, homemade. Taste trumps appearance and smell. I won’t soon forget the nauseating scent emanating from the egg as I started peeling it, worse than the stinkiest of the stinky tofu, it assaulted and lingered on my senses for the rest of the day.
In the West, the tomato is often confused as a vegetable, mainly because it’s most often consumed in savory dishes. Taiwan will help you remember once and for all that the tomato is a fruit. They serve it at dessert stands, mix it into a fruit juice, or bite into it as you would with an apple, following suit, that’s just what I did, for the first time, weird.
Had millet porridge/gruel/congee 小米粥 for the first time. I love that you can have it for the savory part of your meal, and then add some sugar to turn it into a dessert, for a sweet ending.
Finally had the soft-serve at 7-11, delivered with a nice 祝你幸福甜蜜, meaning Wishing You Sweet Happiness, from the store clerk. Taiwanese service and 7-11 never ceases to amaze me.I felt like this version had more ice cream than its counterpart, Family Mart, but is less sweet, if not somewhat bland.