Normally, the cooking there is great! But the problem at CNY is they go with all the traditional dull dishes, and they’re cooked before lunchtime and laid out on the family altar all day - so we’ve got a) inferior dishes in the first place, and b) often cold, occasionally lukewarm, once in a while microwaved, and I think the microwaving is just a result of several years of me merely picking at my food (out of fear of food poisoning). It’s the only time I don’t enjoy my mother-in-law’s cooking.
Hmm. My wife’s grandmother died last year as well - now I’m wondering how things are going to be different this year.
For CNY eve itself: cook something nice at home, unless you can find a good restaurant that’s open that night. I recommend staying put in Taipei: any “traveling” I’ve done in the CNY week has just been hours of sitting in traffic jams, whether on highways or scenic mountain roads.