Coming to Taiwan has been such a wonderful experience to me. Before I left my country, I knew that going overseas was going to be a new challenge for my life. Being out of home means to face, to understand, and to adapt to all new things we may find in a new country.
Before leaving my country, I had talked to one of my friends who studies in Taipei, and I remembered that one of the things he told   me was about Taiwanese food. He said; “please get ready to try and start liking Taiwanese food”, and he only said that it was quite different in taste, but actually everything about food in this country is completely different from most foods I have ate from another countries.
Taiwan has so many alternatives of delicious foods to enjoy, but when we are new here and not having anyone to help and guide us, it will be a little complicated, and without speaking any Mandarin will be even difficult.
After arriving to Taipei, the next morning I started to face the change I was supposed to face here. It was breakfast time and I remember that the breakfast was in a box. I said I hope there is something like western food. After opening my box, I found just breads into it and I started eating. I thought the taste was alike to what I was used to eat back home, but unfortunately they had a totally different flavor and kind of too sweet for me. On the other hand, the beverage was a black tea but without any sugar, it tasted not too good, but I had to eat because I was hungry and I did not have any other choice.
In Taipei, I spent one week during the ICDF’s orientation and during that time I had to try to get familiar with the food. After that, I moved to Pingtung, south of Taiwan where my university is located. 
At the beginning it was hard for me because I was always thinking of the taste of the food. But fortunately for me, I found a restaurant where they have a kind of western breakfast like omelets and food that doesn’t have the Taiwanese flavor at all. That was the restaurant I started to visit for my breakfasts.
I also found another restaurant where they serve very good and delicious fried rice. Fried rice became my favorite food for everyday. I remember that every time I come to that restaurant the only thing I ask to eat was fried rice, and the people that work there, when they see me, they already know what I want to eat.  
One of the best things and the one I like the most is that Taiwanese food is served always hot.
Another thing that I like of Taiwan is that I can find food at any time and almost in every corner. Taiwan has a plenty of foods; it just depends and how much we want to spend to eat and enjoy the best meal, because I can find cheap and very expensive food here. But comparing to my country, I am pretty sure that Taiwanese food is pretty cheap, which is another of the things that I like of the food in Taiwan.  One more thing I like of the food here is that vegetables are always in most meals, especially in soups.
The thing that I don’t like the most of Taiwanese food is the smell, especially at night markets. In night markets there is a plenty of foods; most of them look so different and the smells sometimes almost make me vomit, especially the stinky tofu which is one of the foods I have never try.
When being at night markets, it is hard for me to eat so; I have to find something that doesn’t have the real taste of Taiwanese food.
Another of the things I don’t like of the food here is because it is always too oily. Most of the food in Taiwan is cooked with too much oil. 
After the days have been passing, I have been eating all kinds of Taiwanese food, and it is very interesting because the most I try, the most I like it. It is just a question of getting to adjust to the flavor.
So far, some of the foods I have ate the most are; hot pot, fried rice with beef, with shrimps, and with chicken, raw fish, beef soups, noodle soups, and some other soups I have ate which I like, and also dumplings.

Taiwan’s gastronomy has a plenty of foods, if we really want to enjoy it, we have to know what to eat in order to satisfy our self.