Before I arrived in Taiwan, many friends advised me that the food here was different. They never quite fully explained why, so I came here with a vague idea about the organoleptic characteristics (flavor, smell and texture) of the Taiwanese cuisine. Before I came, the only taste experience I’ve had was the “Chinese food” offered in my country, fried rice, chop suey, eggrolls, chow mein and sweet and sour pork, which later I discovered was only the tip of the iceberg of the culinary art characterized by diverse, healthy and tasty.

During the time of orientation, my favorite place was ‘‘The Jamaica Coffee restaurant’’. What I liked about it was the blending between the eastern and western meals they served. For example, fried chicken with some tofu, oriental-style salad, and a piece of cake that had a very peculiar smell. During the lunch and dinner hours, you might find me there eating a piece of fried chicken. After I headed back to our university, I did not have an idea of where or what to eat when dinner time came closer. Later, I tried heading to the night market alone, not knowing what to order or what to eat. Because all of the menus are written in Chinese (little did I know of any food stands or restaurants keep a menu in English), I did not know what the food was, and the worst of all is I didn’t know how to order it. Luckily that day, I met my roommate and he took me to a restaurant that had an Italian flag on the entrance. Just like the Jamaica Coffee, the restaurant served a mix of eastern and western culinary plates. As weird as it sounds, the food tasted good. But the problem was it was expensive, so my intention to find a restaurant providing tasty meals at affordable prices remains.

One day, I found an ideal place to eat, the Pound Restaurant, when walked around the campus with some of my classmates. The Pound Restaurant served excellent food, especially meat since I’m a meat lover. That place later turned out to be my favorite restaurant due to its being pocket friendly. I have no doubt that the dumping is my favorite dish, with bacon, ham, cheese and/or sausage wrapped with egg and flour. It is very similar to the omelets, only the different wrapping gives it a crepe look. In addition, as delicious as it is, it’s cheap and the charge depends on the amount of stuffing you order. If you add one piece of ham and cheese, it would only cost 27 NT$. It was a very delicious meal for me, and I recommend it to you all especially for breakfast or dinner.

* This article was edited by Professor Yir-Huieh Luh at Department of Agricultural Economics, National Taiwan University.