I’m lucky to live in Queens, the most diverse county in the United States. One of the things that I love about living here is the opportunity to eat authentic food from all over the world. I mean really authentic—made with fresh ingredients are recipes that are probably passed down from generation to generation, and foods from very specific countries, cities and countries. Queens has so much food variety I’m guessing you could probably taste food from ever single country in the world.
Later this month, we’re going to get a great opportunity to taste the cuisine of Taiwan without ever leaving NYC at the “Savoring Taiwan’s Cuisine” festival taking place October 16-20th, 2015 in Flushing, NY. Have you ever had Taiwanese food? It’s based on light natural flavors. Taiwanese food is also prepared by using different types of medicinal ingredients for different seasons of the year.
The festival will take place over five days and the best chefs are coming from Tainan (Taiwan’s capital) to share their best dishes and snacks. I’m especially excited about the snacks, because I love the idea of sampling a little bit of everything, as I do when I head to markets when I’m traveling. Snacking is very common in Taiwanese culture. If you ever go to Taiwan, night markets are an opportunity to taste all this yummy food.
But the snacks aren’t the star of the upcoming Taiwan food festival.The main dish is Chef Chou’s Spring Rolls. Chef Chou is somewhat of a national icon in Taiwan. He has a famous restaurant and he (and his spring rolls!) were featured by CNN and listed as a top “must-eat” in Tainan. Chef Chou has an amazing story. He started selling street food in 1965 and then in the 1980s he perfected his recipe and today he owns a famous bistro in Tainan!
You’re probably wondering what types of food you will have the opportunity to taste. Rice noodles, eel noodles, pineapple cake, almond tofu pudding, shrimp balls, plum juice and preserved fruits, and of course, Chef Chou’s rolls.
So save the date (October 16-20th) and make sure you don’t miss the Savoring Taiwan’s Cuisine Festival. It’s a great way to experience a little bit of Taiwan right here in Queens.
The Savoring Taiwan’s Cuisine festival will take place at Brasserie Du Dragon Restaurant, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave, Flushing, New York 11354. Tickets are only $39.95 and it’s a perfect opportunity for a date night!
When you attend, make sure to use the #savoringtaiwancuisine hashtag to share your pics!