Author Archives: taiwanxifu

About taiwanxifu

‘Taiwanxifu’ (pronounced ‘shee foo’) means ‘Taiwan daughter-in-law’ in Chinese and has been my nickname ever since I married my Taiwanese husband, Sam. I love sampling Taiwanese food, even local specialties such as stinky tofu, pigs blood cake and Taipei beef noodle soup with offal. But there are many other options on the menu. Promise!

Yu Chocolatier

Hmmm, chocolate.  And not just any chocolate – fine chocolate.  I am privileged to share a guest food review post by I-Chun Liu, who is keen to share her experiences of Yu Chocolatier.  Read.  Drool. Enjoy.

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Scrambled Egg

I am honoured today to have a guest post I wrote about my Australian/Asian identity featured in Jocelyn Eikenburg’s Speaking of China website.

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Panning for liquid gold

Have you ever had a crazy dream to do something totally different from the life you currently lead? Something that your accountant and bank manager would disapprove of, but that would lay down roots for your long term future?  A … Continue reading

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Taiwanese hakka style cumquat sauce (客家金桔醬)

I love exploring Hakka food in Taiwan.  Since the Hakka are hardworking, and often lived in poorer rural areas, many of their recipes are ‘peasant food’ making the most of local and cheap ingredients.  Hakka cuisine was once overlooked as being … Continue reading

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Are Taiwanese workers dumb? Managing Across Cultures

The August edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is now out, and in it is my latest Ask Taiwanxifu article.  This one was a little controversial.  At least I think so.  I addressed an issue of why some (foreign) managers … Continue reading

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Naosara 尚更 Handmade Udon

Guest blogger I-Chun Liu introduces another Japanese noodle restaurant, this one featuring udon.  And she is such a regular that the owner’s wife knows to prepare her ‘usual’ order.

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Good Chinese Wife: A Book Review

When I was approached to write a review about Susan Blumberg-Kason’s memoir about her failed marriage to a Chinese man, ‘Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong‘, I was a little scared.  Would reading about someone else’s … Continue reading

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On Meeting Mr Taiwanxifu

How did I become a Taiwanxifu?  Well, it started with meeting Mr Taiwanxifu.

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二月半そば 2½ months Soba

I have heard that the hot summer months are one of the best times to enjoy Japanese buckwheat soba noodles.  And I Chun-liu introduces us to a special soba place on Zhongshan North Road.

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Fulong: biandang and cycling

What is more Taiwanese than biandang (便當), the boxed lunch boxes found throughout Taiwan?  And what better place to eat one than the seaside summer town of Fulong (福隆), which is famous for its biandang.

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