Go Veggie in Taiwan

There is a saying: “In Taiwan, there is a snack shop every three steps and a restaurant every five.”
With a tradition of preparing and serving the freshest foods and a climate that fosters abundant vegetation all year round, Taiwan charts an authentic culinary voyage for every curious palate. A journey through Taiwan is a feast for all the senses.

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Shaved mango ice dessert

There are quite a few vegetarian restaurants in Taiwan, given the Buddhist culture. Usually you will find a vegetarian eating joint in a 20 minute walking radius. Typically the restaurant will have pure vegetarian cuisines – No onion, No garlic, No egg. It *may* have dairy options but you can easily choose vegan if you like. These restaurants cater to the Buddhist population mostly who follow this strict vegetarian diet and vegetarian food is well understood by the term “monk food”. Fruits, vegetables, noodles, grains, rice and lots of drink options are easily available.

Also, because many different cultures have been introduced to this country, a vast range of foreign food has appeared, such as American burgers and fries, Italian pizza, Japanese soups and Swiss cheese. Such culinary diversity makes Taiwan a gourmet heaven. There is lot’s to do here, the country can be a treasure trove of pleasant surprises.

Tingle your taste buds with the local Maldivian Cuisine

Maldives was populated over the years by shipwrecked passengers, pirates, kings, queens and salves from all over the world. You can find lineage from European, African and Middle Eastern nations, throughout the Maldives. This meant that food and Maldivian cuisine was greatly influenced by the tastes from its concoction of cultures and races.

Snacks

It is a fact that Maldives has tiny islands, scarce in land area and hence allowing for few animals such as hens, roosters and goats to be used for husbandry. The coral sand was never ideal for planting trees in the smaller islands, further limiting the amount of vegetation that thrives in the Maldives. This also meant, there was limited farming done as well, due to lack of land and rich soil, and the warm equatorial sun throughout the year. The abundant fish life in the surrounding waters of the islands, meant that the main diet of Maldivians, was based on fish. Whether it be fish, lobsters, crabs or cuttlefish and octopus, these are just some of the delicacies from its clean and fresh waters, that can be commonly found at restaurants and cafés today.

maldives traditional food

The local cuisine, is infused with Indian spices and hot chilly tastes from Sri Lanka and with rice as the staple food. The traditional Maldivian diet was tuna curries and a special tuna paste called ‘Rihaakuru’ (which is derived from cooked tuna in water with salt and few spices) along with white rice. Today, one can find an abundance of western dishes and food available all over the Maldives; very much influenced by the international visitors and the booming tourism industry.

Maldives sea food

A lot of the young people of Maldives live on a diet of gourmet coffee and short eats made out of tuna and flour. These short eats are similar to those found in the south Asian region, but, still different, in its fresh tuna and coconut usage. One needs to tickle their palate with these short eats during an evening tea from a local tea shop called ‘Saihotaa” to truly understand the addiction to it.

Maldives Kueh Chap

For you to truly experience the traditional Maldivian cuisine, that is neither spicy nor hot, but as wonderful as a memory that makes you smile, every time you recall; you need to visit some of the inhabited islands, away from the capital city of Male’.

Seared Tuna

The Maldivian people are warm, illuminating and extremely hospitable that you immediately feel “home away from home”, as soon as you set your first step here. So enjoy some romantic holidays, feel being at a private hideaway by leaving your kids’ at a stylish, fun and surprising Kids’ club at your resort; you can be rest assured that your children are safe and enjoying to the max!

Love Affair With Jordanian Food

There is no mistaking the fact that Jordan is a Kingdom steeped in history and culture.
Wherever you are in Jordan, you’re never too far away from a conversation about food. Every meal in Jordan can turn into a multi-course feast where several different small dishes are served for a combination of flavors.

A local family enjoying Mansaf

Jordanian cuisine caters to every need and fancy of an average foodie – from the fine diners to street food enthusiasts, from meat lovers to vegetarians and from savory bites to sweet cravings – the sky is the limit in experiencing different Jordanian dishes.

Jordan Restaurant

Jordanian food, with its culinary bonds with Arabic and Mediterranean countries, is not just nourishment for the soul; it is an experience that brings people closer over the course of a meal. Most Jordanian dishes, like mezze, are served on a large platter and shared communally with everyone on the table. Post awkwardness (as possibly felt by a first timer), it is an experience one learns to truly enjoy and cherish.

Tawaheen Al Hawa Restaurant

Those looking for a dramatic flare to their dining experience should try Zarb – a Bedouin Barbecue feast that is cooked underground. For Zarb, the meat and vegetables are marinated with a blend of spices and placed on a tray, which is moved into a preheated oven underground. The results are phenomenal, giving the meat a tender and smoky flavor, with perfectly cooked vegetables.

Jordanian Food Hummus

Only dishes to shadow Zarb, in history and symbolism, is Mansaf, meaning “large dish”, which stands proud as Jordan’s national dish. It is a rich and plentiful mélange of rice, lamb and rehydrated yogurt. Similar to Mansaf, Maqluba’s name defines it, with it literally meaning “upside down” in Arabic. Prepared in a pot with all ingredients of meat, rice and fried vegetables placed in separate layers, the Maqluba dish is turned upside down on the plate once it is cooked and ready to be served.

Jordanian Kibbeh

Fellow herbivores fret not! The common misconception about Jordanian cuisine is that there is a plethora of non-vegetarians options to choose from, but only a handful of dishes for vegetarians. In reality, Jordanian food relies a lot on fresh vegetables, beans, pulses and yogurt, hosting internationally famous dishes like Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and Falafel.

Mount Nebo

Proceed to fall into a food coma only after indulging in Jordan’s national dessert, Kanafeh, a rich Levantine dessert made with white cheese, topped with crunchy pastry and drenched in sweet syrup.

Couple enjoying on Dead Sea

Needless to say, food is an extremely integral part of Jordanian culture, but each meal is almost certainly going to help you meet and mingle with some of the most hospitable and friendly people in the world.