Sunday, 16 March 2014

Back-alley gourmet in Taipei and the grace of working class (台北裏道で 見つけた強力水餃子)

Dumpling signFrom Penang I flew to Taipei of Taiwan to taste the real thing.  I would not deny the charm of ever evolving Hong Kong cuisine, but there are times for food that has stood the test of time.  I would have headed straight for my favorite restaurant, but their lunch time had finished.  No worries as in Taipei is full of jewels.  Within two minutes-walk of my hotel I discovered one.  I can’t quite pronounce it so I’ll just upload the store sign.  I had a hunch it was good before I even saw the media report hung proud on the wall because of quiet pride and joy in the eyes of their workers.

Now, those who read my previous post may think I am having trouble with my old neighbor because she is a bogan of working class background.  No.  I resent her for putting on airs with me pretending to be an elegant English lady and assuming an immigrant like me would not know better.  Well, it so happens I was raised in England during my kinder garden years and I remember the manner of a real sensitive English lady.  For one, no lady in this respectable English suburb where my family lived screamed or bellowed when she could not get her way.  The real English ladies saw through everything they were involved with sense of responsibility.

 No, I resent my old neighbor, or actually pity her for having lost the grace of working class.  My definition of working class is people who devote their life to realizing their dream, not caring to elaborate to gloat.  Their eyes are usually very clear reflecting their quiet pride and joy which rubs onto whomever they come in contact with.  That may be why a popular eatery draws in crowd because they are spreading happiness. DumplingBack to this family run eatery in Taipei.  Their boiled dumplings were beautiful.  It takes a lot to impress me after having eaten in Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc. etc.  juicy dumpling

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ペナン島から台湾へ飛ぶ。香港の日々進化する中華料理も素晴らしいが、長年愛されて保証付きの定番料理の魅力も捨てがたい。本来ならお気に入りの麺を出す店に直行するところだが生憎ランチは終わっている時間。だが心配ご無用、ここは台北。きら星のごとく秀逸な店の宝庫。ホテルから2分ほど歩いて早速見つけた。読み方分からないので看板の写真を載せます。壁に誇らしげに張られた取材記事を見る前からここは良いとピンときていました。お店の台湾人の顔が明るくて瞳には静かな自信がのぞいていたから。さて私の前回のポストを読んだ人は私がシドニーで隣人トラブルに遭うのは近所のおばさんが労働者上がりで粗野だからと誤解されたかもしれません。違うんです。人はそれぞれで良いと思うのに彼女は英国の貴婦人ぶって私が無知の移民だから騙せているとなめている性根が嫌なのです。あいにくですが私は英国で幼少時を過ごしているので本物の英国貴婦人の様子を覚えています。英国の落ち着いた住宅地の英国のご婦人方は反対された途端、大声でがなり立てることなど一度もなかった。なさる事に最後まで責任をお持ちになられていた。

むしろ私は近所のおばさんを哀れにさえ思ったのは労働者の品を失っていたことです。私の定義の労働層とは一つの自分の夢の為に邁進する為に人生から余分なものをそぎ落とし飾らず自慢などしない潔い生き方を思います。本物の彼ら目は澄んでいて静かな誇りと歓びは周りの者も幸せにしてくれます。人気店は美味だけでなく幸福を分けてくれるのかもしれません。さて台北のお店ですが、水餃子の美味しかったこと!これでも上海や香港で水餃子を味わってますので滅多な事では感動しない私。 ツルリ、むっちりの皮にうまみのある肉餡が胃に沁みました。

それと「レバ刺し」にもしも興味がおありならば上の黄色のバーに三番目赤りんごの旅路とありますのでポチっとすれば一見脈絡のない流れがつながります。