International students at Feng Chia University in Greater Tai-chung yesterday cooked up a storm for the school’s international food festival, winning them praise from not only the student body, but nearby restaurateurs who came looking for tips on how to cook more authentic foreign food.
A student from Spain, identified as “Albert,” was a business owner who came to Taiwan to learn Mandarin. For the occasion yesterday, he made a traditional Spanish dish of bread with ham, tomatoes and onions. While Albert is still unable to speak Mandarin fluently, he received quite a bit of praise for his cooking.
A Japanese student prepared okonomiyaki (pancakes) and yakisoba (grilled soba noodles with onions and mayonnaise), receiving popular support from students, as did the carimanola, a traditional plate of dumpling-like food, twice the size of Taiwanese dumplings, prepared by Panamanian students.
Two students from South Korea served Korean-style rice cakes and tempura at the festival. According to the two, night market stall owners asked them for tips on how to cook more authentic Korean food.
A student from Germany named Lucas said Taiwanese snacks were very dynamic and tasty, adding that his favorites were stinky tofu (臭豆腐) and hot-and-sour soup (酸辣湯).
Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer