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A Cultural 棕子 for ç«¯åˆç¯€

慶端午! 小北 wishing a Happy Dragon Boast Festival. :)
慶端午!This crafty 小北 branch wishing a Happy Dragon Boat Festival. 🙂

It’s a three-day week-end in Taiwan, with Friday off to make-up for the Dragon Boat Festival aka Duanwujie 端午節, which actually falls on Saturday 20th.

But it’s so blazingly hot outside that I’m not really planning on attending any Duanwujie festivities, nor eating a steaming hot zongzi 棕子 (Chinese sticky rice dumpling, Chinese tamale, or whatever you call it). Boohoo to me, I know. Well, I’ll probably still end up eating a zongzi to not completely kill the festive mood, haha. Continue reading A Cultural 棕子 for ç«¯åˆç¯€

Food Vocabulary in Taiwanese/Minnan

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One dish on the menu of Old-Style Dongpo Pork 東坡鮮肉飯 is “written in Taiwanese”, can you guess which one? 😉

Recently, I made the soft resolution to learn Taiwanese, just to be a bit more aware of my surroundings. And last Friday, while attending Chen Chu‘s re-election rally (more out of curiosity than of partisanship), I was clearly reminded of how useful that’d be since 99.99% of the speeches were given in Taiwanese 😖. Nevertheless, the event was quite jolly, with artists and local officials taking turns performing Taiwanese songs, and even a mini night-market setup for the occasion. Amazingly, I think I managed to get the gist of what elected officials were enthusiastically babbling about, so I guess, I’ve been unconsciously learning Taiwanese all along. Continue reading Food Vocabulary in Taiwanese/Minnan

Taiwanvore Digest #8 – April 2014

A few minutes before the boat lifted the gate, this old man barged in, went straight for the front of the ferry, unfolded his deckchair, sat in it, and put on some sunglasses.
To Cijin 旗津. A few minutes before the boat lifted the gate, this old man barged in, went straight for the front of the ferry, unfolded his deckchair, sat in, and put on some sunglasses. Yup, this is how it’s done! 😎

Phew, another month has gone by. Temperatures are starting to rise, and so is the number of drafts in my backlog waiting to be published :/ . Without further due, here’s a recap of April.


Blog housekeeping: comment policy. Despite efforts of writing in a way that doesn’t offend readers, a post somehow managed to get someone angry enough to land me an insult. Long story short, I have updated the About page, and included a link to the kind of comment policy I subscribe to. All in all, I can say I am now vaccinated against this type of negative comments 😉 .

Do not get me wrong though, I am open to comments, as long as they contribute to the conversation and remain civil and polite. This is a simple and humble personal blog, a virtual space for me to jot down some thoughts, if they are useful for others, then that’s great, otherwise, there is nothing worth getting worked up over.

Now, onto more interesting news. 🐱 Continue reading Taiwanvore Digest #8 – April 2014

Ah-Jin Rice Noodles 阿進切仔麵- 雄好呷 #038 (khh)

60 years and still counting. With a humble start as a food stall which grew pretty popular, Ah-Jin quickly moved in a brick-and-mortar place in the then bustling Yancheng district.

The place serves traditional Taiwanese fare. It’s actually one of the first places from the book that I visited, and ate there many times already. I guess I never felt in a hurry to blog about it because the food is simple, maybe too simple for the adventurous foodies, but the quality has always been consistent, and sometimes that’s all I want, a simple bowl of Ah-Jin rice noodles.  Continue reading Ah-Jin Rice Noodles 阿進切仔麵- 雄好呷 #038 (khh)