That reminds me of the time I visited the headquarters for Buddha’s Light Mountain (aka 佛光山, Fo Guang Shan). They had fake meat on the menu. I had the chicken leg. Made of tofu, with a chicken skin textured exterior and even a fake bone inside! That shocked me, since the idea of killing animals for food went against their beliefs, also it didn’t taste like chicken.
There I learned a bit about their beliefs. I shocked the guide when I asked why it was not okay to squash a bug, but they accepted antibiotic drugs and the killing of viruses (and I was not being my usually “poop”-disturbing self, but genuinely interested). I also learned a valuable lesson there. Ask for less rice in your lunch box if you don’t think you will be able to finish it all. I do so to this day, much to the dismay of the aunties who think I don’t eat enough.
i would’ve recommended the radish cake as well but someone beat me to it. i don’t know if it’s really the cake or that garlicy sauce that just makes everything great.
something, i think, that hasn’t been mentioned here is 龍鬚菜. i’ve never seen this outside of taiwan and i quite like it from time to time. makes a great alternative to the regular cabbage or water spinach.