Saturday, June 24, 2006

Lunch With the In-laws in Taidong


On my recent trip around Taiwan, my girlfriend and I spent some time in a place called Taidong (sometimes spelled Taitung) where some of her family on her mother's side live. They were very hospitable. Her uncle and aunt let us spend the night in their home, and the next day her cousin and her husband, who cater weddings and things like that, made us a huge lunch. It was delicious.

The menu was as follows:

*Pig knuckles

*Snails

*Seafood soup (scallops, shrimp, fish, other marine life, and vegetables)

*Miso soup full of tiny little fish from a nearby stream

*Fried shrimp with garlic and red peppers (eaten shell and all with the head on)

*Sweet and sour fish (served whole--head included--and quite delicious)

*Sashimi with soy sauce and wasabi

*Smoked duck

*Watermelon

And of course, plenty of beer.

After the meal we hit the road, heading south for Kenting.

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