VarietyFeast Meets West

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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19 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan
12 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan
05 September, 2020
Andrew Ryan
29 August, 2020
Andrew Ryan

A couple weeks ago, we talked about a clever way to disguise eggplant to make it more palatable. This week, we’re talking about foods that are loved just the way they are. What do you think the most popular food in Taiwan is?

22 August, 2020
Andrew Ryan

A lot of people have become cocktail mixologists during the pandemic – that’s because in most places it’s still not safe to go to a bar. In today’s show, we are going to invent a Taiwanese version of a well-known cocktail, inspired by a recent dish we featured in our show: stir-fried snails. 

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