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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04 July, 2020
Andrew Ryan
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27 June, 2020
Andrew Ryan

Today was supposed to be the Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s version of the Grammys. But they’ve been postponed due to COVID-19. In today’s program, we’ll be serving up four songs by golden bell winners that are all related to jasmine.

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20 June, 2020
Andrew Ryan

Tomorrow (June 21), we’re going to experience an annular solar eclipse in Taiwan! So Andrew has decided to make Ellen a coffee-jelly-eclipse in a bowl to celebrate the occasion. In today's show we'll tell you all about the Japanese origins of this old coffee-house favorite. 

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13 June, 2020
Andrew Ryan

June 1st was world milk day – but Feast Meets West hosts Ellen Chu and Andrew Ryan are both lactose intollerant. Today they brave their fears with a cup of the uniquely Taiwanese Papaya Milk!

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06 June, 2020
Andrew Ryan

It's mango season in Taiwan! This is the best time of the year to buy Irwin Mangos. This delicious variety, perfect for shaved ice, was introduced to Taiwan from the US in 1954. Yahoo Japan once conducted a poll which found that 76% of Japanese consumers believe that Taiwanese mangoes are the best quality. 

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