Last week, I started a series focusing on food, meals, and costs around the world. We started with Annabelle’s European family currently living in Germany. Today we’re going farther east to Taiwan with Amanda of Miss Panda Chinese.
Currently we live in the U.S. My hometown Taiwan. We are a bi-cultural family and our meals mix the east and the west adding a touch of our own creativity. When we are in the States our breakfast options are cereals, milk, healthy banana bread, or Chinese pancakes. Lunch is usually delicious leftover. Dinner features a fish or meat entree and a veggie dish with rice or pasta.
The pictures here show the meals we had during our visit to Taiwan. Taiwanese cuisine is southern China style cooking with influence from all over mainland China. The breakfast usually starts with something warm like the pan-fried buns, rice rolls, sandwiches, or cool noodles with sesame sauce plus a bow of hot miso tofu soup. (approx. USD$2 per meal).
For lunch, people take a lunch box to work and it is leftover from the dinner the day before. (cost: minimal) For people who do not have a lunch box it is easy to find lunch box vendors to buy one or just grab a bite at a food court or in an eatery. You can order a pork chop combo meal (approx. $4), a stuffed Chinese Shao Bing (approx. $2), or enjoy a hot pot meal with friends (approx. $8).
Dinner is the family meal and it is time to enjoy the best. In the picture you see the shrimp and egg dishes with the rice noodle side dish for a family of 4 (approx. $15). Traditional homemade Chinese dinner usually has a minimum of three entrees with a bow of soup plus a plate of fresh fruit at the end. Eating is very important for Chinese people and food is happiness and joy for Chinese culture.
Who is ready for some Chinese food?!?!? Thanks so much for sharing – next week we’ll be visiting a different region of China – you might be surprised at some differences!