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Taiwanese restaurant awarded in France

2012/05/30 17:23:36

Paris, May 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese-style restaurant in Paris was awarded Tuesday by the France-based International Tourism Federation for its unique food and high quality service.

The Momo Taiwanese fast-food restaurant, which was opened by a Chinese couple, is the first restaurant specializing in Taiwanese cuisine to obtain the federation's "golden chopstick award," which recognizes the Asian food industry.

The owner, Zhang Xiaogang, a Chinese man who has worked as a chef at a Taiwanese restaurant in Paris for several years, received his training in Taiwan over a period of just three months.

Zhang and his wife, Zhang Xiaohong, who was born to a Taiwanese mother, later started their own business, which they have been running for over a year. Around 30 percent of the customers at the restaurant, which is always full at lunch time, come from either China or Taiwan.

Taiwanese dishes, such as salty crispy chicken, vegetarian bean curd rolls and pearl milk tea, made using ingredients imported from Taiwan, are specialities.

The tourism promotion body, which reviews restaurant hygiene, interior decoration, service and menu variety, gave the award to a fast-food restaurant for the first time, as this type of service is a future trend, said Eric Duluc, president of the federation.

In Taiwan, food culture is a form of daily life art, said Taiwan's representative to France, Michel Lu, who attended the award ceremony.

(By Lo Yuan-shao and Maia Huang)