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Taiwanese cook shares culinary delights with New Yorkers

2012/05/03 18:09:10

New York, May 2 (CNA) A renowned cook from Taiwan shared her love for the culinary arts with New Yorkers Wednesday at an event to promote the LuckyRice Festival, a gastronomic celebration of Asian culinary culture being held in the American city.

At the event organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, Teresa Lin presented Three Cup Chicken, a Taiwanese favorite made with ginger, soy sauce, rice wine and basil, and squid with a five-spice sauce, both of which were prepared with ingredients from Taiwan.

Over the years, Taiwan's cuisine has integrated characteristics from China, Japan, Spain and Portugal, and the free environment in Taiwan 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" by Taiwanese director Ang Lee.

As long as dishes are prepared with a minimum of oil, they can easily be accepted in mainstream American society, she said.

One of the guests at the event was Regina Varolli, a columnist for the popular blog Huffington Post. She said she was impressed by Taiwan's night market culture when she traveled to Taiwan.

She added that she loved Taiwanese food and highly recommended people try chicken wings stuffed with glutinous rice, which she described as simple but unique dish.

This year, the annual festival features a weeklong lineup of events, including a Chinese wedding banquet and a grand feast. The festival opened on May 1 and runs until May 6.

(By Leaf Chiang and Maia Huang)