Taiwanese food sucks!

i agree, i found that admitting i prefer Japanese food is also passable in most social circles. Admitting to not liking TW food is indeed frowned upon.

Where this parallel falls apart is that in Singapore, Fukiens are a plurality, and Fukien is where oyster omelette originated. So the Taiwanese version doesn’t necessarily have a claim to authenticity.

I’m explaining about being in Taiwan or possibly even being outside of Taiwan if you’re around Taiwanese people.

I’m guessing that’s partially the situation where you are. I can’t think of any other reason to bring up Taiwanese food.


I think food is boring to talk about.

People bring up Taiwanese food when I tell them I’m Taiwanese.

Japanese people tell me they love the food. Korean people tell me they love the fruit.

Currently I’m in Sweden.

I don’t see any evidence most non-Taiwanese people don’t like it. I see heavy evidence in the other direction. Michelin stars, international food contest performances, critical acclaim.

Disgruntled expats on message board isn’t really evidence.


Another factor: I have a friend married to a Filipina woman. He says he likes Filipino food but can’t eat it everyday. But that’s the only thing his wife cooks.

I can imagine expats getting tired of it, and this board doesn’t exercise any restraint on exaggeration.

Sweden, where “my people” (well, my great grandparents) are from. I’ve always wanted to visit. Is it your first time there?

I’d love to hear your impressions of the country, maybe on Forumosa or some other social media?

Yes first time. Sure would love to talk about it.

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We know

And yet, always here for this topic

I thought the way to have cuttlefish in Penghu is get on a night fishing boat and eat cuttlefish sashimi the moment you hook one out of the ocean.

The thing is when it comes to seafood, real traditional Taiwanese dishes want to keep the sweet taste of fresh seafood without overpowering it with spices. That’s why when you go to “famous” eateries, which usually mean they’ve been trying to stick to traditional local cooking, without frying and covering everything with up with chilies and soy sauce, the flavor usually is more subdued. Chilies being a plant from South America wouldn’t be a part of “traditional cooking” in any parts of Asia.

The thing about eating cuttlefish sashimi is that they taste sweet without needing to add anything, not even soy sauce. Same goes for the soup. Of course, the prerequisite is that the seafood has to be really fresh.


That’s fine, a lot of European cuisine is similar, let the original ingredients shine. But a pinch of salt brings out the natural flavour. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten in Taiwan and said, this dish could do with a lick of salt. Often it has a little stirring of sugar in there instead, which to my palate is gross at the dinner table. Save the sugar for dessert. Taiwanese cooks reach for the wrong white powder, in my opinion.


Can you post a pic of the cover?

Funny, all the years I lived in Thailand and China I never got tired of it. Can you imagine that you might be wrong about the disgruntled expats ?


Do you mean the cookbook? I’ll post a photo later today when I return to the mainland.

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All the foreigners i know like the food here or at least dont complain about it. Its not my favorite food in Asia, but then I like most of the food available in Taiwan.

Loads of good things to eat here.


90% of the time they probably mean Thailand.

I can’t stand this. I don’t think kids here actually understand the meaning of 好吃. They can eat a flavorless cracker and say it’s 好吃 just because their Ama or Agong gave it to them saying it’s 好吃。


Not Japanese and Korean people, who visit Taiwan non-covid yearly in large numbers since Tsai.


Condolences. :slightly_smiling_face:


I posted everything at the Forumosan Recipe Thread:


Do mushrooms have cream?

Replace Thailand with any country name.