Confession: I am not a foodie.
Obviously I prefer my food to taste delicious rather than awful, but most of the time I consider eating a rather inconvenient chore that should be as quick, easy, and cheap as possible. (The only exception is eating socially — I'm more than happy to spend quality time/effort/money on a special meal with good friends, but not if it's just me.) In fact, I found eating so burdensome my freshman year of college that I took to sleeping to conserve my energy rather than walking less than a block to the dining hall and swipe in with my pre-paid meal points (wow, that sounds kind of crazy even to me).
Diane is sorely disappointed in this flaw of mine, as she and her friends love fancy food. She requested pictures of the food I eat in Taiwan, and being an obliging older sister, I took my camera to work with me every day and photographed all my meals, although I am not all that interested in food photography myself (I realized that I am rarely interested in the pictures afterwards).
But for Diane and for those of you who genuinely like food, I'm going to share a few of the best food pictures I took this month. Hopefully I'll continue doing it in future months as well, if you like this one.
粽子 (zongzi) — I found out that some of my coworkers eat theirs with peanut powder and garlic soy sauce. I tried it, but decided that I still preferred to eat it with just sweet chili sauce.
鍋貼 (pot-stickers) — super cheap and delicious! You can buy these for about NT$4-5 each in Taipei.
牛肉麵 (beef noodle soup) — we eat this almost every week because it's so good.
臭豆腐 (stinky tofu) — I love this stuff! Here it's stuffed with pickled cabbage and chili sauce. So good.
香蕉煎餅 (banana crepes) — these are actually Thai-style desserts we got at the night market. Basically it's a thin sheet of dough folded around bananas, pan-fried, cut into pieces, and drizzled with toppings of your choice. I have chocolate and condensed milk on mine. It was my first time trying it and it was delicious!
Quesadillas in Taiwan?! For the end-of-the-year dinner, our boss took us to T.G.I. Friday's. It was a lot of fun! We got fried appetizers, Americanized Mexican food, steak, ribs, and brownies with ice cream. Taiwanese food is good but variety is the spice of life!
When we had a blackout a couple weeks ago, we moved up the scheduled birthday celebration for two coworkers (only by a couple hours)... so we could see each other by the light of the candles on their cakes. :P
Hope you liked the photos - anyone feel hungry all of a sudden? :)