Food Photos by MJ Klein
At this time of year there are many articles about people in Taiwan attending their company weiya or banquet. I don’t know why but most people write badly about them, as if they hate them. Personally I like weiya banquets and Hui-chen and I were invited to one recently. I like these banquets because it gives me a chance to meet with workers and bosses in an informal manner, do some drinking with them and get a chance to rub shoulders without any pressure. I’ve seen a few bosses get drunk and let loose and even sing a little karaoke. This article will stick to the food though, because although some people hate the weiya, I like the weiya food!
First out of the chute was this appetizer dish, consisting of (clockwise from the bottom) imitation crab meat with a Hollandaise sauce, fish skin, sliced noodles, some kind of seafood skin stuff, and sliced duck meat plus beef.
Next out was this sashimi dish, featuring slices from the fish shown on the plate (sliced fish meat is on the bottom of the photo), lobster meat with roe, decorative displays of the lobster tail and fish carcass, and smoked preserved fish roe roll.
I hate lamb. It stinks like beef that has gone bad, so many times I feel physically ill when I smell that crap. This was no exception. Fortunately the people who sat around me are not as discriminating as I and they ate it all before I had to move to another table. Did I mention that I hate lamb?
Scallops, melon and squiggly seaweed thingies make up this strange looking dish. Don’t ask me though because I was too busy downing Thai rum to try it. Oh, did I mention that I brought 2 bottles of Sang Som with me?
There are a couple more photos of dishes that weren’t included in this article, on my flickr.com album if you would like to see them.
Now, as strange as it might sound, the staff came and took our karaoke machine away from our VIP room. There was a large crowd out in the main dining room and they were having a great time. I stuck my head out of our VIP room and saw:
After we ate, we went to the boss’ home and sang on his NT$150,000 system with the 42″ LCD TV. Sweet!