Well as a good German friend said to me “these Taiwanese are disgusting…look at their eating habits and hygiene”
While his opinion is seen as correct by some people… you must understand that Taiwanese are not too worried about these things…why?..cause everything they eat has been cooked or fried therefore all the nasty things, well most of them should be dead.
We worry about food being contaminated before we cook it, and rightly so, but to Taiwanese thinking, just fry or boil it and kill everything.
I never got food poisoning here, but at the same time I don’t eat raw eggs. I wouldn’t do that at home either. And the reason they don’t refrigerate their eggs is cause they don’t need to.
If food poisoning was a common occurrence in Taiwan, I should think the people in those restaurants would adopt better standards, they don’t want to be making customers sick, but it doesn’t so they don’t.
Once day I accidentally said it to a restaurant owner, to which he said " you foreigners fret too much over everything, you have never been sick from eating at my restaurant, so why do you worry?"
Hepatitis was a problem before, hence the introduction of plastic forks, spoons, bags, bags and more bags.
A thing that used to be done in Taipei was that in a restaurant, a common pair of chopsticks would be used for each dish, in an attempt to stop the spread of Hepatitis from person to person.
Also if you are having sexual relations with a Taiwanese girl/boy you should consider this. A large proportion of the population are hepatitis carriers.
Something a Taiwanese said to me…" I was in England before and I met some people who only would shower every two days…How dirty!!"
My reply…“Did you ever look around you where you live or eat?.. not exactly paradise, or sparkling and glistening and clean”
I think it comes down to our perception of being clean and hygienic and theirs