Food lies at the center of almost every aspect of life in Taiwan – from the red hard boiled eggs that mark a birth to the offerings used to commemorate the dead, and every ritual in between. Eating is a communal experience, too, with friends and family members digging into steaming plates at the center of a round table.
And of course, there are the truly Taiwanese fragrances and flavors that waft from restaurants and apartment kitchens at dusk every night. Stewed pork on rice, stinky tofu, even the simplest of homemade dumplings are enough to conjure up memories among overseas Taiwanese longing for the flavors of home. Pull up a chair and join hosts Andrew Ryan and Ellen Chu for their weekly dinner date in Feast Meets West, Saturdays on RTI. Each episode features a menu filled with the wonderful foods, people, and topics related to food culture in Taiwan.
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How many round foods can you think of? Are they spherical or just circular? Cookies, meatballs, tangyuan; round foods are popular across all cuisines, and often hold cultural significance. In today’s Feast, we’ll find out why.
During the Chinese New Year holidays, people prepare sweet treats for the Kitchen God so that he will say nice things about them to the Jade Emperor. In today's program, the first of 2019, Andrew Ryan serves up some sweet treats in the hopes that co-host Ellen Chu will say nice things about him too! But... WILL IT WORK?!
No ingredient says Christmas better than gingerbread. In today's Feast Meets West, we attempt to add gingerbread right into our yogurt breakfast bowl -- an idea proposed by our "wintern" Keerthi Sridharan back in January. Believe it or not, producer Andrew Ryan remembered that magical suggestion and has been researching ways of making homemade yogurt to pave the way for an unforgettable taste test.