WHILE most mainland residents芒鈧?impressions of Taiwan start with an article about Sun Moon Lake, most of our impressions of Taiwan food come from Taiwan-based China Entertainment TV. Hosts hop from one street to another on a gastronomic treasure hunt looking for clues on pieces of paper eventually leading to a food vendor.
Taiwan dishes include stir-fried finely minced 芒鈧損ounding pork,芒鈧?fried vermicelli with prawns, vegetable sandwich, shrimp and pork bun, tea-flavored goose, snail soup and seafood pancake.
One outstanding dish, 芒鈧揷offin plank,芒鈧?is finely deep-fried toast filled with seafood salad. It芒鈧劉s crisp outside and fresh and juicy inside. 芒鈧揅offin芒鈧?may sound inauspicious but for the Taiwanese, coffin symbolizes wealth and power.
Mainland people give 芒鈧渃offin plank芒鈧?another name 芒鈧?gold brick. First, we cut bread into chunks, then remove the inside bread and deep-fry the remaining part. Later we fill the fried bread with seafood salad and it芒鈧劉s ready to serve.芒鈧?
A highly recommended appetizer is the vegetable sandwich 芒鈧?tomato and Mexican chili slices between poached eggplant pieces. The dish tastes spicy but fresh.