Friday, 31 July 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday 016: Food stall in Taiwan

Hey guys, I'm back again! I hope our host, dear Marie, will still let me join. I feel bad for missing a lot of PFFs but I make sure I make up for it when I have the time.

Anyways, here is my entry for this week's Postcard Friendship Friday - a traditional food stall in Taiwan!

Taipei, Taiwan
Sent by Erica
Dated 12 Feb 2009
Postmarked Taipei, Taiwan (in Chinese script)

I have never been to Taiwan. From what I gathered from friends who've spent their holidays there, one of the best things about the country is undeniably the food! Eating out is sort of a national pastime, friends told me, and there is never a shortage of scrumptious food, from the 5-star restaurants to the local food stalls/stands (shown in the postcard), they are everywhere.

Most traditional food stands in Taiwan, including the fixtures in it, are made from bamboo - tables, chairs, chopsticks, and even the counters that hold the pots and food.

I can imagine an elderly cook, amidst the hustle and bustle of customers, slicing the dough and pieces flying in the air straight into the boiling pot. In a matter of minutes, rows and rows of bowls with tasty noodle soup with scoops of scallions, chunks of beer or pork and a few vegetables, are piling in the counter, ready to be served, piping hot, to hungry customers. Of course, drinks are an important accompaniment. The bottles on the table are Taiwan beer, and not the popular soda drinks.

However, the food courts in airconditioned malls have now taken away most of the customers from the traditional food stands, threatening their existence. I wish there'd be a few left when I have the chance to visit Taiwan someday.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Pune, India

Pune, India

My first postcard from India.

It is a suspension bridge across the Ganga along the old route to the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, about 3 kms. from Rishikesh This is where Lord Rama's brother Lakshman is said to have crossed the river on a jute rope. LakshmanJhula is the bridge where Lakshman crossed. There are two garishly painted temples on the other side of the river, one thirteen stories high with a great view of town. This suspended iron bridge was built in 1939 by Britishers (sic) and has been a major attraction among the tourists.

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