The May 20 banquet at Taipei's Grand Hotel for the new president's inauguration will be rather different to previous inauguration banquets, especially its menu.
DPP officials crossed out several dishes from the initial menu prepared by the Grand Hotel, and replaced them with those reflecting Taiwan's grassroots culture.
The Sungkao cake with bean-paste filling (
The choice has obvious political overtones for Taiwanese, as taro (
The officials also added the famous Tainan rice pudding (
Liquor for the toast, meanwhile, will be Taiwan's own vintage Shaohsing (
Chen's deputy campaign manager Luo Wen-jia (
The Grand Hotel chefs had prepared dishes for presidential banquets since the Chiang Kai-shek (
To quell rumors surrounding the menu, the DPP invited reporters to a second trial held yesterday. The menu was confirmed by DPP officials yesterday after some minor changes.
Meanwhile, the Journalist magazine criticized DPP officials for what it called a "pretentiously native" taste.
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