Our wonderful distributor in Taiwan, Feng-Wei Huang was delighted to contribute to our Oryx Around The World theme this month. He tells us that Taiwanese cuisine has influences from southern provinces of China, but also a Japanese influence due to 50 years of Japanese rule from 1895-1945. Pork, seafood, chicken, rice, and soy are the most common ingredients.
An important aspect of Taiwanese cuisine are Xiaochi, which are snacks similar to the idea of Spanish tapas or Levantine meze. Taiwanese Xiaochi is not only served in night markets but also at sophisticated restaurants too. Tainan, the food capital of Taiwan, is famed for its local cuisines which draw both local and international tourists.
SOUR YAM MILKFISH SOUP
Selected as one of the top 40 best and most popular Taiwanese foods, Milkfish is loved for its tender meat and economical price tag. It’s so popular that it has its own themed museum in Anping district, Tainan. Milkfish is prepared in numerous ways: pan-fried, as a soup, braised, in a porridge, or as fish ball.
To make Sour Yam Milkfish Soup, marinate bamboo shoots, peanuts, yam stem in salty water and ferment for 3 days. Boil water, add the above and throw in some roselle (also known as Hibiscus or Red Sorrel) to extract color. Bring to the boil again and add milk fish.
Season with Oryx Desert Salt to taste.
As served in the Taiwan Restaurant: Maison de la Soupe
DESERT SALT PAN-FRIED SQUID WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
Situated in the district of Anping, Tainan, Sooth Road [Kitchen & Bar] is a restaurant which serves organic food in, as its name suggests, a calm, soothing atmosphere. Here you can order a dish specifically created for Oryx: Desert Salt Pan-Fried Squid with Pineapple Salsa which is very popular locally.
Desert Salt Pan-Fried Squid with Pineapple Salsa as served in: Sooth Road Kitchen & Bar