A renowned Taiwanese cook shared her love for the culinary arts with New Yorkers on Wednesday at an event to promote the Lucky Rice Festival, a gastronomic celebration of Asian culinary culture being held in the US city.
At the event organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, Teresa Lin (林慧懿) presented three cup chicken (三杯雞) — a Taiwanese favorite made with ginger, soy sauce, rice wine and basil — and squid with a five-spice sauce.
Over the years, Taiwanese cuisine has integrated characteristics from China, Japan, Portugal and Spain, and a free and democratic environment has helped cultivate a high degree of creativity in the country’s food culture, said Lin, who was the executive food designer for the Oscar-nominated film Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女) by director Ang Lee (李安).
One of the guests at the event, Regina Varolli, a columnist for the popular blog the Huffington Post, said she was impressed by the night-market culture when she visited Taiwan.
She said she loved Taiwanese food and highly recommended people try chicken wings stuffed with glutinous rice, which she described as a simple but unique dish.