From TTNews Reporter Gang-wu Fan
Beitou is a place full of histories and cultures. Not only its hot springs, but its distinctive food and cultures have become the characteristics of Beitou in the past 50 years.
When Taiwan was ruled by Japan (1895-1945), the Japanese had the affection for Beitou hot springs so they gradually established lots of hot spring taverns. Taiwan became the important home of hot springs since then. In 1950, the taverns became people’s favorite haunts, so Beitou had a tavern boom. Lots of rich people and celebrities from all circles came there and had fun. This contributed to the birth of the “tavern dishes”.
Tavern dishes were emphasized the ostentation and extravagance so they were called Guan dishes (the dishes for officials) during the early years. It was the most obvious characters that tavern dishes were the mixture of local ingredients and regional cuisines. To give guests appetites, the flavors of tavern dishes were stronger. Guan dishes do not have the formulary cooking. They were combined with Japanese dishes, Schuan dishes, Guangdong dishes and others. Consequently, the “Beitou Taiwanese cuisines” developed.
Actually, the traditional Taiwanese cuisines came from Fujian. After influenced by Japanese cuisines, dishes from Mainland China, and Taiwan regional dishes, instead of losing characters, Taiwanese cuisines have kept the tradition and added the advantages of the other plates.
To support the concept of keeping in good health in modern society, Beitou Taiwanese cuisines increasingly become more natural flavors. Also, the light, tasty and fresh cooking will be emphasized. The new type of Beitou Taiwanese starts to become one of the Beitou fine foods.
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