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  1. jenny says:

    Hello! how are you ? i am jenny . i found your blog and it is a good way to let me know the taiwanese culture as well. i love the food and culture of taiwan too ~
    Austin is a lovely boy ~
    i am happy to keep contact with you ~

  2. pacejmiller says:

    Hi Serina

    This is an awesome blog! Will come in handy the next time I go for a visit. Keep up the good work.



  3. Taiwanxifu says:

    Dear Ayoung,

    I have filled out your survey. Good luck with your thesis.


  4. Patricia says:

    Hi Serina,

    We met on the BCCT meetup and your blog’s business card called my attention :-) I will be checking your tips out! Hope to meet you again in the next meetup.


    • Taiwanxifu says:

      Dear Patricia, I hope you enjoyed the BCCT networking event. I know I certainly did! Many thanks for visiting my blog. I am always on the look out for new food (and cultural) experiences, so let me know if you stumble across anywhere interesting.

  5. aang says:

    Hello .. can we exchange links, hhee: D. Links you have my post, please check on my blog – the bottom. Link have been installed bro .. Link back awaited. Thanks

  6. Hiya! I’m enjoying your site right now, and would like to 1) exchange links with you; and 2) collaborate on writing something about what it means to be a Taiwan Xifu, with some of our experiences and observations, since we’re such a novelty. :-)

  7. Bethan says:

    Hi Serina,

    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog and wondered if you might be able to help me with something I’m working on about homes in Taiwan. It would be great if you could email me your email address and I can explain a bit more!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

  8. Brandon says:


    I stumbled across your site when looking for Taiwan blogs. I will soon be an expat in Taiwan and run my own blog about my travels and food. I am hoping you can check it out and let me know what you think. And if you are interested I’d love to share links.


    • taiwanxifu says:

      Dear Brandon, good to get your message. So, you’re thinking about teaching in Taiwan? I used to teach at HESS in Tainan years ago while I was studying at University. I am sure you will have a fantastic time in Taiwan. Happy to share links.


  9. Bob Packer says:

    I was stationed in Taipei many, many years ago and loved it. I am looking for the flat or pocket bread that all of the Mongolian BBQs served, along with the peanuts. We used to cut the bread (like pita bread) in two and stuff it with the BBQ.

    If you can tell me the name of the bread, or have a recipe for it, I would really appreciate it.

    I lived in Tienmou and worked at Taipei Air Station. We were good friends with the manager of the Hotel Linkou and I drove my red station wagon to pick up his bride for their wedding. His wife worked as a cashier in the Ambassador Hotel.

    • taiwanxifu says:

      I don’t know the answer, but maybe someone else out there does?

      Tienmu is quite different these days, as is most of Taipei. There aren’t so many US military here anymore, but I have met a few people who liked it here so much they decided to stay.

      • Horace Lim says:

        I think Bob is talking about “Shao Bing”… do a search of Chinese Sesame ShaoBing – Bread Pocket and you’ll find preparation videos on YouTube

  10. Karen says:

    Dear Serina,

    It’s my privilege to meet you and Sam this afternoon.
    It’s great to know that you love the life and food here.
    Your stories and experiences are the best for Taiwan to show itself to the world.
    Wish you have a happy holidays ahead and all the very best.



  11. Wendy says:

    Hi Serina,

    I”m so glad I came upon your Blog. I’m from Taiwan but came to Canada when I was 6. I have been back 3-4 times . Mostly recent trip was in 2007 when I went with my husband(born and raised in Canada). He has never met my side of the family and has never been to Taiwan either. He too loves Taiwanese food, even authentic Taiwanese dishes that my mom makes.
    Looking forward to reading your blog! I miss eating the street vendors in Taiwan !!!

  12. So nice to meet you Serina :) So jealous that you have the opportunity to live in Taiwan and love that you want to use your blog to bridge the lack of understanding of Taiwanese culture ~ I love the culture there :) People are just so welcoming, friendly and just enegetic but it is annoying when so many of my ‘Australian’ friends simply don’t know where Taiwan is or what Taiwanese culture sigh…. but you’ve done a great job :)

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Yes, it is unfortunate that most Australians don’t know where Taiwan is. Or that they confuse it with Thailand! Still, Taiwan is starting to promote itself as a tourist destination and I have had a few friends visit since I have been here. Some even came on holidays unrelated to our stay here. Taiwan is culturally so rich, especially in southern Taiwan. I hope you get the opportunity to try more ‘xiao chi’ snack foods when you visit next.

  13. Mark Wills says:


    Great website. If you see this before I leave I would love some advice on where I could shop for my three uber stylista daughters – 17, 15, 13 and their mum.
    I would love to find a shopping area or five that have local designers please, anything that you would suggest?
    Also is there a good second hand area and modern art area as well?

    Mark Wills

    P.S. I am from Sydney

  14. Tooz says:

    Hello Serina, I found your blog while searching “where to buy lamingtons in Taipei”(unfortunately, failed to find it.) but I do enjoy reading your blog especially the food reviews. Keep up the good work!

  15. veganmiam says:

    I’ve been reading your recipes and your life in Taiwan! I hope someday I will veganize these memorable recipes!

  16. Connie Yang says:

    Hi Serina,

    I came across your blog while I was surfing some good cheese cakes in Taipei, and your blog about Uncle Tetsu’s cheese cake pop up. I started to explore your blog and felt very interested. I was born and raised in Taiwan, but came to States for graduate study then stayed to work in US for many many years. I try to go back to Taiwan visiting me family once a year, but I feel I kind of lost track of Taiwan’s good food. There are tons of delicious cuisines in Taiwan, I just couldn’t keep up with it. Thanks for your blog, I now know to source it for gourmet food, comfort food and any other fantastic bakeries and cafes.

    BTW, I love the name of your blog. I will let my American friends know about your blog, so they can understand Taiwan more easily and craving for the food. Really appreciate your good work to promote Taiwan especially for food!


    • taiwanxifu says:

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, the food here is amazing and the current trends are often changing. It can be difficult sometimes to define what Taiwan food is; it is do much more than just stinky tofu.

  17. Hi there! I read some of your articles from time to time in Centered just read some of your pregnancy posts here. As I’m a newly wed Taiwan Xifu, I have a million questions and concerns. Is there a forum where we could talk? I am having some difficulty with culture and in-laws and fears surrounding such.

    – Very nervous and afraid, but hopeful and trying to be open-minded.

  18. Patrick Lin says:

    Serina! My friend just forwarded this blog to me…this is fantastic! Catch up soon!

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Many thanks. Glad you like it. I started blogging to introduce Taiwan to foreigners. I still have this focus, although over time it has broadened to include cultural stuff.

  19. Jean says:

    Hi there!

    I just found your blog doing a Google search for Taiwanese recipes ;). Do you still live in Taiwan? I am a Taiwanese gal (born in Taipei, grew up in US) and married to an American. We have two kids. We were just in Taipei for Chinese New Year. The kids and I plan on coming back out in a few weeks.


    • taiwanxifu says:

      Hi Jean,

      Yes, I still live in Taipei and am loving it. I hope you enjoy Taiwan in summer. It will be HOT — a great time for eating shaved ice.

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  22. Bruce says:

    Hi Serina,

    It was lovely to see you, Sam and the boys again on Sat BBQ.
    I just have a browse through of your blog.
    Well done and awesome works you have done!!!
    Take great care and let us know if you guys need anything :))


    • taiwanxifu says:

      Dear Bruce,

      Great to see you and the family as well. They have grown up so fast! And wasn’t the food great, too!

  23. Hosanna says:

    Hello TaiwanXifu,
    I was indeed very impressed with your blog page with the ZuoYezi. It was the most complete, detailed one I ever found and probably the only one I can refer to as I am also about to deliver my first baby before the end of the month. I did realize alter that you are not local and was so much impressed by all the details you have put into this blog.
    This has helped me so much to prepare the recipes I need for my own zuoyezi. I have lived in Taiwan before and loved the food and culture there and is looking a DIY zuoyezi at home.
    Hopefully, we can meet sometime when I visit if you are still there.

    • taiwanxifu says:

      Are you based in Taiwan yourself? I wish you all the best for the birth of your baby, and hope that the recipes will be useful.

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