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!
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.
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.
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.
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.