Somewhere along my high school and collegiate traveling adventures I stopped being really adventurous when trying new food. I got very sick several times and decided I had earned the right to picky.
So this year I have played it pretty safe with food; I made a lot of my own meals and was even awarded the superlative “Most likely to be eating Western Food” from my fellow Taichung ETAs.
However I think b/c of the impending move back to the States and because everyone and their mother wants a “goodbye” dinner, I have tried MANY crazy things in the past week.
Last Tuesday I met up with my co workers Brandon and Tim for Japanese food and tried Octopus.
Then on Thursday my school had a special treat- an especially good cook came to our school and make chicken soup and grilled two whole chickens for us. Now, you might be thinking, chicken isn’t that exciting, but boy are you wrong!
We were given the chicken whole, head, booty, and everything. Navigating through all it’s parts to find meat was adventure, to say the least. I was a bit …unsettled by the look of it but put my big girl pants on and tasted it- it was truly delicious.
Tuesday I took a quick roadtrip to Tainan with my coworker Brandon and we had a plethora of strange but tasty eats.
First, we stopped to have a special delicacy: eel and squid soup. It took some convincing, but it actually wasn’t that bad!
That day I also had red bean shaved ice with brown sugar, which was super tasty, and also Sichuan style beef noodles.
As a general rule I’m trying to eat as much Asian food before I leave, b/c when will be back over here? AND it’s SO cheap.
Yesterday I had a retirement celebratory meal I attended and also a farewell dinner.
Over the course of the next few days I am meeting up with people to eat Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), Thai food, and Japanese hibachi. I’m also trying to have tea everyday and mango shaved ice as often as possible.
Trying to live it up while also not contracting some stomach virus. Wish me luck!