Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

Photos by MJ Klein

This memorable meal takes place in the beautiful southern Taiwan city of Tainan.  Let’s get right into it!

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

This dish is bamboo salad.  For those of you who live in areas where bamboo is not a popular dish, you don’t know what you’re missing!  With a little Taiwanese style mayo on the side, this was an excellent opener for the dishes to follow.

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

A very Taiwanese dish – this is pan fried cabbage with a dash of hot peppers and plenty of garlic.  I’ve heard some people say that they can’t imagine pan fried cabbage because they come from an area where cabbage is not prepared in this manner.  I’m not sure why but most US based Chinese restaurants don’t offer it, but I’m here to tell you that this dish is incredibly tasty and also nutritious.

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

Tainan is known for seafood, and this dish is right from the ocean – deep fried oysters, a personal favorite of mine!

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

This grilled fish was cooked to perfection!  It was moist and juicy, not dried out at all.  Grilling fish is an art that is highly developed in Taiwan.

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

What might seem a bland general dish is this grilled pork.  It’s anything but bland and boring!  Just look how succulent the slices of pork are, as they have been grilled to perfection!

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

These are a southern Taiwan favorite – shrimp rolls.  Crispy on the outside, full of shrimp flavor on the inside, this dish was made for beer drinking!

Memorable Meals 2006, Part III

This last photo is our grill chef who prepared all these wonderful dishes!

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  2. Those meals look great. I purposely held off reading this post until after I’d finished dinner. With the exception of the pork (because I don’t eat pork), all the rest are among my favorite Taiwan dishes. It’s such a shame that pan-fried cabbage is not on the menu in the West – it’s a great dish.
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    1. Craig, good call! haha i know what you mean because that happens to me too, when i least expect it. did you see Malcolm’s comment about fried cabbage? i’m going to have to investigate this one! to be honest i could do without pork myself. vegetables are incredible. thanks Craig.

  3. M J, There you go again making us all hungry ,I’m glad like the first comment that We had already eaten,and I might add a great meal too.Fried cabbage is a tradition in the south in the USA as are fried green tomatoes, and fried okra. The fried cabbaged is drizzled with hot bacon grease after it is done and served right away with a slice of hot corn bread and a bowl of pinto beans and fat back or black eyed peas, thats what we eat our fried cabbage with , and Ciejay fixes it for me on a regular basic, as I always keep plenty of cabbage on hand for my famous cole slaw.I will look foward to a visit from you and the wife and Her and Ciejay can cook up a combo Thai -Taiwanese dishes
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    1. Malcolm, i lived in NC for several year as you know, and i’ve never had fried cabbage! in fact, i cannot recall having fried cabbage outside of Asia, ever! so now i have to ask my sister about that. when were visiting the US last year, Hui-chen made some Taiwan style fried cabbage and everyone loved it of course, but no one mentioned the local version. i am also a pinto and black-eye peas fan! i hope we can visit sometime Malcolm. it would be great to put together a real cross-cultural meal! thanks for your comments my friend. oh! i forgot to mention that i would love to try your famous slaw!

  4. Fresh bamboo is my all time favorite. I can’t show this to my wife, it will make her home sick.

    Thank you for the great and hard work you put into your blog.


    1. e, bamboo is one of my all-time favorites! sorry you can’t show this to your wife – i understand completely. we’ll continue to bring you food photographs and descriptions like this, as long as you keep reading them! thanks e!

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