How much western or non-taiwanese food do you consume?
I have found that I can go about 2 weeks until I need a full non-taiwanese meal. The local cuisine is fine, but I can only take so much fried “stuff” and oily substances before I break down and give into my craving for something western. Is this normal? How long before those cravings go away and you become fully adjusted and content with the local cuisine?
My other question is about drinking while eating. It has become apparent that drinking anything while eating is not a common thing here. Drinks are almost always served after the meal, if at all. Some restaurants dont even offer drinks. Some even consider a drink to be dessert.
I was eating at this one restaurant and ordered an ice lemonade with my food. I specificaly told the wait staff that I wanted the drink with my meal, not after. Well, the food came and no drink. I asked again, no result. FInally at the end of the meal they brought my drink along with the dessert. Was my request just too bizzare and out of the ordinary for them to get it right? Or was I breaking a cultural law in Taiwan by ordering a drink with my meal?
Even when I am over at people’s houses, I have been told to resist my western urge of drinking while eating as it can be seen as rude to the cook. They think I want to drink to “wash down” the food. I am just so used to having a glass of water or anything while I eat. I thought I could adjust, but this is one of those things I cant change about myself, damn it :fume: ! (rant over)
Can anyone explain this to me?