Taiwan food – Hard boiled egg in stained shell.

A common food found in many parts of Mainland China and Taiwan island. Egg boiled in its shell, in a herbal pot.

Pictures shows the egg with its shell already removed. The black one.

This is a noodle soup type dish that reminds me of a common Japanese restaurant fare noodle, though the Japanese version doesn’t contain this type of egg.

Taiwan food prices – not as cheap as I expected, though still much cheaper than, say Ossieland

I am in Taiwan for a while. A month already. Really nice people. Do not see the dog eat dog attitude I have found in some other places. What surprised me initially, was the cost of food. It’s high for what I expect, given the slower development here. Thigh it depends on where you eat, I tend to go for the mixed rice shops where common worker types go. I paid about 60 to 90 Taiwan new dollar. (100 NT is about US$3.30 or Malaysian RM13.20). Soup and tea usually thrown in. I found in my travels that our Malaysian/Singapore etc environment of always (almost) trying to upsell you drinks when you buy a meal not so common here. Made me realise the types of pressure we are subject to daily, where we no longer even recognise that it is a pressure that’s forces you to decide one way or another.

Back to prices.  Cheapest mixed rice I had recently in Malaysia was RM3+.. Leaving aside the plain nasi lemak or roti Chennai and tosai which can go for two ringgit.

Sorry. Bloody ipad is a real pain when i try to resize pictures to let them be small enough to fit in a web blog.  Why, Apple, Why? I thought Apple’s speaciality was to make it easy for humans who dont need to get into the techie stuff.  Now???

 

Price surprise and the internet surprise

I have come to the conclusion that there is just too many blogs, and among them, food blogs. Not criticizing the empowerment of the masses to publish. It’s that I’m learning now that “equality” of opportunity to be heard also quickly goes full circle and that only those with the means can be heard above the din. Witness the plethora of offered to improve your web search ranking, for a fee.

So, what has happened? It has just been a short term shift from “freedom” (which applies to the minority with the knowledge) from the money rich to the technical rich (some which were not the top money strata, but non were really at the bottom either). Mooney always win in the end. And we have seen how money buys the best (almost best) web development and promotion skills.

So, like out or not we are back where we started, in terms of the classes within society. Animal Farm.

Oh, back to the title of this blog. Yesterday I was really surprised that I could have a meal for all of 4 ringgit. Which in todays exchange rate is about US$1. It snot a charity establishment as well. Just one of these new meal chains that cater to the less well heeled office worker in town. IO must admit though, that at my age, my food needs are modest. Still, you can take as much hot soup (the watery Chinese type, not the starchy type), chinese tea, water (yes, most places charge you for this nowadays), four ringgit!

Mixed rice

Chap fun – or mixed rice

Food price and quality varies a lot in tourist places and residential places

I was in the famous Nanjing Lu yesterday. Went for dinner in a smallish and not so expensive looking restaurant just off the main glitzy area. Had the jiao Ji and a small soup. Barely edible meal. Around 70RMB. (No, I didn’t take any picture of it). Contrast to todays early lunch in the suburbs, (still on the metro line). 28RMB and you see what I mean. Guess I cant complain, as worldwide that’s what the situation is.

China lunch of fish and tofu

Whom the Gods wish to destroy…

They first make proud.

Qingdao, China, at a fishing village, where the pigs were sacrificed as part of some post winter, going to sea ceremony. Now more of a tourist event.

You can figure out for yourself what the stuff on the poor pigs back are.

Sacrificial pig all prettied

The Gods must be upset or maybe amused

Firstly i have to state upfront that the name is just poetic license. The idea of “Gods” is not quite correct in the translation. But another place for this convoluted discussion of “religion”.

What I wanted to show, was the very new and sometimes cartoony figurines, when you compare them to the older statutes and figurines you find in homes in south-east asia. Nobody believes in the Gods anymore in China. Not in the cities anyway. Though I must admit, I think seafaring people and those who love dangerous lives will have some kind of belief that helps them takes the risks.

Modern versions of old Chinese “Gods”

Snails snails snails popular food all over the world near seasides.

I never got to try the snails in my childhood days. Only after my long stay in England where i got the fetish (as some would call eating snails) for eating welks, popular among London eat Enders. Also fast disappearing.

Welks are bigger. I never had the patience to retrieve the little bit of meat from one of these tiny shells. You make a hole at the top of the shell to let the air in, and that lets you suck the meat out.

Snails as food