Month: September 2012

  • Ancient Buddha Statues Displayed in Taiwan

    Published on Sep 21, 2012 by

    Stone Buddha statues from the Wei, Jin, Northern and Southern Dynasties, to the Ming and Qing periods stand lifelike, each with a different appearance. As you enter the museum, it is as if you have transcended time and space and are personally experiencing the beauty of Buddhist art from China’s different dynasties.

    [Cai Yuexue, Buddha Museum Guide]:
    “The Tang Dynasty was a period of abundance. So according to the concepts of beauty in that period, the Buddha faces were a bit fuller and rounded, whereas the Buddha faces during the Northern and Southern Dynasties period was thinner.”

    “Seeing these ancient objects really makes me feel that these collectors—the effort they put in—is no simple thing. It is because of them that we—the later generations—can see such great things.”

    The 1,000 Buddha Pillar from western China is magnificent and solemn—exhibiting ancient Chinese culture.

    [Cai Bingzheng, Acting Museum President]:
    “The whole style of the 1,000 Buddha Pillar is in the style of the Yungang Buddha caves that is the most famous of the Northern Wei Dynasty. In other places you rarely see these crossed-legged Bodhisattvas and twin seated Buddhas. It was created by command from the emperor. They created these caves, and so the scope is huge. They are very solemn.”

    “Normally you wouldn’t be able to see these kinds of exhibits unless you visit China. If you go to temples in Taiwan, there is no way to see such big Buddha statues.”

    Here, you can also see the events known as the three Wu and one Zong emperor where Buddhism was attacked. From the repaired remains of Buddha statues, you can see the tragic destruction of Buddhism.

    [Cai Yuexue, Buddha Statue Museum Guide]:
    “The most principal reason for (the destruction) was a clash of culture and thought, and also the incompatibility of cultural and economic values. In history, after they tried to eliminate Buddhism, their dynasties didn’t last long, some only 5 years and the longest was only 6 years.”

    “After trying to eliminate Buddhism, you definitely won’t meet with a good end. All of the 4 dynasties who attacked Buddhism finished very quickly.”

    Collectors have opened up their lifetime’s private collection, allowing this glorious collection of Buddhist art to be displayed to the public again.

  • 【禁闻】网友拿下〝表哥〞






    前《河北人民广播电台》编辑 朱欣欣:〝中共当局它没有任何一个像样的理由来拒绝民众这种要求,所以说现在只有招架,但是它不可能永远这么躲躲藏藏的,它最明智的选择就是,尽快的推行官员财产公开制度,否则的话,你等于说把自己越来越置于一个很尴尬,很不利的,失去这种执政合法地位的这么一个位置上。〞


    北京宪法学者 陈永苗:〝中共现在它的反腐有界线,有一点刑不上部级干部的意思,例如说,原来赖昌星那个案子,它查到一个副部级它就不查了,就是官阶越高贪污腐败的机会越大,然后受到追查的可能性越来越小。〞




    大陆律师 唐荆陵:〝关于政府官员财产公开的议案已经提了好多年了,民间一些人士也在积极的推动,但是在立法层面上始终没有进步,因为坐在立法会的,坐在人大里的那些官僚,我看到最近几个披露的数据,90%以上的官僚都会反对官员财产公开,因为他们都有巨额财产来源不明罪。〞



    Yang Dacai’s Backstage Supporter catches Public Attention Defending against Yang’s Dismissal

    Director of Shaanxi’s Provincial Administration Bureau for
    Work Safety, Yang Dacai was called “watch brother” by Chinese netizens.
    As Yang’s smile at a deadly bus crash scene cost him the job,

    Yang’s backstage supporter, deputy governor of Shaanxi
    Li Jinzhu has caught the public’s attention.
    It is said that Li was so excited in defending Yang Dacai that
    he broke a cup while criticizing what he called “Internet mobs”.
    Li’s act quickly drew netizens to do
    a “Human flesh search” on him.
    However, the posts about Li Jinzhu were found to be
    deleted overnight as if China’s Internet world was overshadowed by a huge hand.
    Analysts remarked that, there’s a limit line for the CCP’s
    anti-corruption drive, and it won’t punish officials at the ministerial level.

    Yang Dacai is called “watch brother” since he owns a dozen
    luxury watches.
    Since Yang’s case was put into investigation by the provincial
    commission of discipline inspection, deputy governor
    of Shaanxi Li Jinzhu was revealed to have shouted angrily
    in a conference of the provincial standing committee.
    Li said, “We shouldn’t be confused by those ‘Internet mobs’.

    Even if Dacai has a corruption problem,
    I don’t think he should be investigated.
    We can’t investigate him just to accept the request of ‘mobs’.

    Instead, we should object to such a bad tendency from
    Internet users.
    This is extremely important for our party’s prestige among
    citizens , as well as toward a successful 18th National Congress.”

    Li Jinzhu also said that, “In comparison, how many luxury
    watches Dacai owns is only a trivial detail of his personal life.
    It doesn’t matter how many luxury watches he has.

    I also have several of them which were given by my oversea s
    relatives as presents. Is there anything wrong with this?”

    Li’s words consequently led to a great disturbance
    on the Internet.
    Chinese netizens quickly gave him the nickname
    of “watch uncle”.
    They doubted that Li is a “naked and higher corrupt official”
    hidden behind Yang Dacai as his backstage supporter,
    and did “human flesh searches” on Li.

    Several pictures of Li Jinzhu with watches were first
    released online.
    Netizens then called on professionals to estimate
    the price of the watches displayed.

    However, some mysterious power intervened in the situation,
    like a huge hand overshadowing China’s Internet world.
    Just overnight, the posts about “watch uncle” Li Jinzhu
    were completely deleted.
    Sina’s weibo site has blocked “Li Jinzhu” as well as
    “watch brother” and “watch uncle” as banned terms.
    Another homophonic name of Li Jinzhu “Li Gold Pig”
    was also blocked.
    At the same time, the CCP’s mouthpiece media published
    articles which made intimidating comments saying
    that doing “human flesh searches” on CCP officials to reveal
    their private details might violate the law.

    (Zhu Xinxin, former editor of Hebei People’s Radio Station):
    ”The CCP authority has no acceptable reason for refusing citizens’request of investigating officials’ properties.
    They may try to hold the problem right now
    but they can’t keep on like this forever.
    A most advisable choice is to build a system of declaring
    officials’ properties as soon as possible.
    Otherwise the CCP will place itself in a worse position and
    lose more of its ruling legitimacy.”

    Beijing Constitutional scholar Chen Yongmiao
    pointed out that,
    the CCP almost never punishes ministerial-level officials
    to protect its privileged class.

    (Chen Yongmiao): ”There’s a limit line to the CCP’s
    anti-corruption activities.
    It appears that officials at higher than ministerial level
    will avoid punishment.
    For example, the investigation of Lai Changxing’s case
    stopped at a vice ministerial-level official.
    Simply speaking, officials at higher levels have a better chance
    of corruption and a lower chance of being investigated.”

    Shortly afterwards, Shaanxi government also made
    an official announcement denying Li Jinzhu’s words in Yang Da Cai’s defense.
    Chen Yongmiao remarked that, the official denial could only
    make the story more convincing.

    (Chen Yongmiao):”If Li hadn’t defended Yang Dacai
    with those words,
    his name wouldn’t have been exposed on the Internet and
    netizens wouldn’t have known about him.
    It is hard to believe that he was exposed without saying
    anything at all or getting involved in Yang’s case.”

    On September 24th, Sichuan lawyer Yao Fei formally
    requested that
    the Shaanxi government announce Li Jinzhu’s salary details
    as deputy governor.
    Yao hopes to realize the Chinese citizen’s “right to know”.

    (Tang Jingling, Chinese lawyer):”It has been many years
    since the proposal of declaring officials’ properties has caught public attention.
    Many civil activists are also actively promoting the plan.
    However, there has been no progress at the legislative level.
    From what I learn from some recently revealed data, 90%
    of the legislators in the CCP’s National People’s Congress
    object to the idea because almost all of them hold a huge
    sum of property from unidentified sources.”

    On September 26th, a source from Shaanxi provincial party
    committee revealed through email that,
    Li Jinzhu is under suspicion of serious corruption because of
    a huge difference between his legal income and the value of his properties.
    He has more than 20 high-level houses and over 100 lovers,
    many of whom were provided by Yang Dacai.

    Li Jinzhu’s senior subordinate Zhao Zhengcai has succeeded
    Yang Dacai’s position as Yang was dismissed.
    Some netizens believe that, Zhao’s promotion right serves
    Li Jinzhu as an “extinguisher” of the event.

  • 【史海】周恩来火化日 八宝


    【史海】周恩来火化日 八宝山发生怪异事件


    周恩来火化日 八宝山百年水井干涸








    见风使舵小人周恩来 临死后悔跟老毛干革命







    中港台时间: 2012-09-27 12:51:22 PM 【万年历】

  • Hong Kong police show favoritism toward communist group

    Hong Kong Front Organization Frames Falun Gong Practitioner

    Hong Kong police show favoritism toward communist group

    By Lin Yi & Xin Lin
    Epoch Times Staff
    Created: September 20, 2012 Last Updated: September 22, 2012
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    Ms. Cai (R), a practitioner of the Chinese spiritual discipline Falun Gong, stands with two friends outside the Tung Chung police station. She says she was recently framed by a communist front group operating in Hong Kong, who led the police to wrongly arrest her. The front group attempts to disrupt Falun Gong's efforts to tell Chinese tourists of the persecution of the practice in China. (The Epoch Times)

    Ms. Cai (R), a practitioner of the Chinese spiritual discipline Falun Gong, stands with two friends outside the Tung Chung police station. She says she was recently framed by a communist front group operating in Hong Kong, who led the police to wrongly arrest her. The front group attempts to disrupt Falun Gong’s efforts to tell Chinese tourists of the persecution of the practice in China. (The Epoch Times)

    HONG KONG—A communist front organization has once again harassed Falun Gong practitioners in Hong Kong. Practitioners there say the pro-communist group is this time attempting to drive off Taiwan practitioners who have come to help them.

    Ms. Cai, a Falun Gong practitioner from Taiwan, told The Epoch Times she was falsely accused of criminal damage by members of the Youth Care Association. Hong Kong police then immediately arrested Cai without considering her side of the story.

    She was held at the Tung Chung police station for six hours until Falun Gong practitioners arrived and successfully explained to authorities what had actually happened.

    Information Sites

    On that Saturday afternoon, Cai was taking part in an activity shared by Falun Gong practitioners around the world. After the persecution of Falun Gong in China began in 1999, groups of Falun Gong practitioners began going to busy public places in large cities outside China to tell passersby what Falun Gong is and how people who practice it are persecuted in China.

    With this outreach, practitioners say they are trying to support their fellow practitioners in China and help end the persecution by educating the general public, who will themselves act to condemn the persecution if they know of it.

    Hong Kong offers practitioners a special opportunity for such efforts. Part of China but ruled under the doctrine of “one country, two systems,” this Special Administrative Region offers protections to fundamental rights not available in mainland China itself.

    In Hong Kong, Falun Gong practitioners have a chance to directly educate the Chinese public without fear of the often deadly consequences their fellow practitioners across the border risk whenever they speak openly about the spiritual discipline.

    According to the Hong Kong Tourism Commission, Hong Kong received 28.1 million visitors from mainland China in 2011. The Falun Gong practitioners have set up information sites at places frequented by these tourists—like the information site at Tung Chung that Cai joined.

    Targeting Cai

    Cai had been holding a Falun Gong banner with a fellow practitioner from Hong Kong when members of the Youth Care Association affixed their own banner to the Falun Gong banner.

    When Cai separated the banners, the youth group members accused her of ripping a hole in their banner—a hole that had already been there, according to Cai. The group called the police, and six or seven police officers arrived.

    The lead police officer, a man named Zhu, immediately arrested Cai without an investigation.

    The lead police officer, a man named Zhu, immediately arrested Cai without an investigation.

    Cai said when she explained the situation to the policemen, they feigned belief and told her to go to the Tung Chung police station to make a statement. When she arrived, the police locked her in a cell.

    A public relations officer with the Hong Kong police designated to respond to the issue did not respond to multiple phone calls from The Epoch Times.

    An eyewitness, Ms. Xu, said the Youth Care Association members intentionally accused Cai because they knew she was from Taiwan. Even though a Hong Kong practitioner was closer to the ripped banner, they chose to single-out Cai, Xu said.

    Ms. Li, the Hong Kong practitioner who was holding the banner with Cai, thinks the youth group members are afraid of Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners.

    “The members of the Youth Care Association are afraid of Taiwan practitioners arriving in Hong Kong,” Li said. “Both of us were holding the banner, yet they targeted the Taiwan practitioner and not me. They are trying to stop Taiwan’s Falun Gong practitioners from coming here to help us.”

    Communist Thugs

    The Youth Care Association is a front group for the Chinese Communist Party. Front groups may be independent of the Chinese Communist Party, or they may be set up by agents of the Party. In either case, they act to isolate and attack those whom the Party considers to be enemies.

    The head of the Youth Care Association is a Communist Party official in Jiangxi Province, in China, according to Hong Kong’s Next magazine.

    Liang, a Falun Gong practitioner and coordinator of the Tung Chung information site, said Hong Kong practitioners have been suppressed ever since Leung Chun-ying became Hong Kong’s chief executive. Leung was elected chief executive in May.

    “The so-called Youth Care Association serves as the Chinese Communist Party’s thugs in Hong Kong,” said Liang. “They know that Taiwan practitioners are coming to Hong Kong to tell people about Falun Gong, so they staged this incident.”

    The Youth Care Association has been criticized by Hong Kong politicians and the press for its tactics.

    For a period of 10 days in June, members of the Youth Care Association interfered with the Falun Gong practitioners’ information site at Hung Hom Train Station, hanging banners offensive to Falun Gong in place of the Falun Gong banners and playing loud recordings of communist propaganda when the practitioners attempted to do the meditative Falun Gong exercises.

    In July, an individual affiliated with the Youth Care Association pulled a large knife at a Falun Gong information site, attempting to intimidate the practitioners there, according to Next magazine. When told of the incident, police did not pursue the matter.

  • 血债帮在港诬告台湾法轮功

















  • China’s illegal organ harvesting

    China’s illegal organ harvesting

    Transplant consent in theory only

    Over the decades, American doctors, medical schools, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies developed skills and knowledge enabling life-giving transplants of organs including hearts, kidneys, livers, lungs and corneas. These skills and knowledge have spread around the world.

    These skills can be abused or used to set in motion sales of organs by the poor or favoritism for the rich. Consequently, the international community has developed demanding protocols to assure that organ donations follow strict procedural and ethical guidelines, codified by the Declaration of Istanbul in 2008. One bedrock principle is that donors must give consent. Another is that condemned prisoners cannot be donors. Extending these principles, medical journals will not publish articles on transplant research if organs came from executed prisoners.

    In the mid-1990s, I began holding hearings on the practice of organ harvesting of prisoners in China, and unfortunately, the controversial practice has not gone away. At a hearing for which I was co-chairman last week, two subcommittees of the House Foreign Affairs Committee heard that even though few Chinese voluntarily donate organs, China stands next behind the United States in the yearly number of organ transplants. With 600 transplant centers, it has become a destination for “transplant tourism.” Each transplant of a heart or liver can provide more than $100,000 in revenue.

    What adjectives can we use to describe the prospect that Chinese doctors and hospitals are engaged in large-scale harvesting of human organs for profit? The ordinary words such as “disturbing,” “appalling” or even “shocking” are inadequate.

    So far, I have referred to ordinary transplants. But there’s a graver prospect. It is that Chinese military doctors may be engaged in organ harvesting from prisoners and labor-camp detainees, especially prisoners of conscience.

    China’s vice minister of health acknowledged in 2005 that almost all organs come from executed prisoners, but the number of executions in China is a “state secret.” In China, there are no firm statistics, no open waiting lists and no transparency in the granting of “consent.” From the few times Chinese doctors or health officials have discussed China’s transplant system at international meetings, the figures don’t add up. The best available outside estimates indicate that the number of transplants apparently exceeds the number of criminal executions. So then, what is the source of the additional organs?

    A witness at the hearing, Ethan Gutmann, interviewed Chinese medical personnel now outside China. He learned of the removal of organs by teams of military doctors in medical vans immediately after executions. The victims, he learned, came from China’s prisons or from re-education through labor camps — far from justice and investigation. They are, of course, unable to escape and testify, and expeditious cremation destroys physical evidence.

    Some Falun Gong practitioners released from labor camps report that the camp doctors gave them frequent physical examinations, with special attention to their blood type and the health of their kidneys, livers, lungs, hearts and eyes — “the retail organs.”

    Many members of this spiritual movement — unjustly held, abused, subjected to psychological and physical torture for nothing more than fidelity to “truthfulness, compassion and forbearance” — refused to reveal their names when taken into custody. They feared reprisal against relatives and other practitioners. Their anonymity made them vulnerable to having their lives taken from them to provide organs for transplants.

    The most gruesome testimony came from Chinese doctors who told Mr. Gutmann that some of the organs for transplant came from still-living victims.

    Yes, these reports of horror sanctioned by a modern state beg for evidence, and proof is in short supply. But this possibility pushes us into a horrific beyond, a beyond that challenges our language, making “barbaric” too calm a word, too leached of horror.

    We all hope these fragmentary reports and the circumstantial evidence do not add up to barbarism. Here, tragically, the track record of other Chinese policies does not give confidence. In China, a mother protesting inadequate sentences meted out to criminals who abducted and sold her 11-year-old daughter into sexual slavery was herself sentenced to re-education through labor. In China, many women are forced to abort their children as routine policy, even in the third trimester. Others endure forced sterilization. In China, the Communist Party stands above the law. We hope there are other explanations for the evidence, but we cannot rest until we know more.

    China’s state- and party-controlled media say China’s people know they benefit from the glorious leadership of the Communist Party. The truth is different. China’s people have hearts that yearn for freedom and faith, lungs that long to breathe clean air and eyes that hope to see a better future. When China has become a destination for “transplant tourism,” when aging party cadres receive organs from those in prisons and labor camps, when some of those organs are taken from religious and political dissidents, when the Communist Party speaks of hearts, we know it is not speaking of love, devotion or loyalty. It is thinking of dollar signs.

    Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, is chairman of the U.S. Congressional-Executive China Commission and the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, global health and human rights.

  • Taiwanese Food Review

    August 12, 2012, 12:35
    By: BEN CHEN
    Dancer with Shen Yun’s New York Company

    At last, Taiwan! The island of funky-tasting fruits, wrongly spelled designer brands, and most importantly—GREAT FOOD.

    Taiwan is inhabited by, in my impression, the most bubbly and hospitable Asians who are also completely bananas about food. Last year, when our company arrived in Taiwan I saw on the street not only more motorcycles than cars, but also more restaurants than homes. In fact, there may have been more restaurants than motorcycles.

    On most main roads, you find a bubble tea stall or snack stand every couple steps. In Taiwan, it’s easier to eat out than dine in, though for those foodies who turned their houses into restaurants, or restaurants into their homes, there is no difference.

    The island of Formosa has a surprisingly diverse topography and climate for its size. Conveniently, this allows for a wide spectrum of produce, from high-mountain oolong tea down to seashore seafood. Conveniently, we got to try it all!

    At every theater, the local organizers assembled a team of chefs backstage to cater just to us. We had delicious dishes before and after every show. But if you still got hungry late at night you could get McDonald’s delivered for free to your hotel door at prices much cheaper than in America. On rare no-show days, we headed out to the night-market, a place which also goes by this honorific title: FOOD HEAVEN.

    Some may find Taiwan’s night-markets smelly, noisy, crowded, or even… unsanitary (gasp). But for foodies like you and me, night-markets are the best places in the world. You never know what kind of weird and wonderful food you might discover there… everything from duck head to chicken butt.

    Let’s take a look:

    4h Bacon Cheese Cucumber Onion And Cheese Pancake Roll 600
    Bacon cheese cucumber onion & cheese pancake

    Scallion Pancake Roll

    Just a regular pancake right? Wrong. It’s congyoubing, and way more than just a pancake. It might just be the most delicious pancake you will ever taste—an ingeniously simple invention of Chinese cuisine. In my opinion, the scallion pancake roll is a piece of art, a perfectly balanced composition, harmonious texture, and lots of room for improvisation.

    The pancake is made with chopped scallion embedded into dough that’s fried to a crispy golden brown before your eyes. A good pancake is flaky and crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. Then, like ordering at Subway, you can stand at the counter and customize your roll with endless combinations of fillings and sauces, making it a singular experience each time.

    Take a look at this poster of a typical “house special” combo for only 45 NT ($1.50): Scallion pancake with grilled sausage, smoked bacon, cheesy corn, egg, basil… and that’s only half the ingredients you can choose from!

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    House Special combo for only 45 NT$ ($1.50).

    You could say it’s like a double whopper with cheese, but more filling (though not necessarily healthier). Scallion pancake also defeats Burger King, because you can “Have It Your Way™” even more—have you ever seen a burger that can contain squid, curry chicken, or condensed milk?

    Skewered and Grilled

    Lamb Kebab

    It’s curious to think that something invented by medieval Persian knights cooking chunks of sword-skewered meat over open fires has become a popular snack enjoyed all over the world.

    Kebab, which may have been invented by the Mongolians, traveled to China from nomadic Turkic tribes to Uighurs in Xinjiang, and today can even be found at night-markets in Taiwan.

    One vendor we visited had a sign claiming “Authentic Xinjiang Flavor,” and even had a picture of a chef at work—probably his manager—who was a bald Turkish-looking Chinese man with a moustache. We were given very generous portions of lamb, most likely imported from Australia or New Zealand. The chunks of meat were sprinkled with cumin and were much bigger and juicier than those from street-vendors in New York’s Chinatown.

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    You can find grilled squid almost everywhere in a Taiwanese night market.


    I don’t know about other people, but East Asians love to eat their squid whole, though it might look a little scary. Squid is an excellent source of protein and having the whole thing on a skewer facilitates eating and walking at the same time… reducing the time needed to reach the next food stall.

    Corn on the Cob

    I know this corn is fresh because the sign says so: “Harvested on the same day and cooked fresh as you order.” The corn is actually boiled first before each cob is put on a self-turning grill to achieve the slightly burned, crispy coat. After a sprinkling of sesame, you can choose between a variety of flavors, including but not limited to: coconut, seaweed, satay, and BBQ.


    This is the only thing I didn’t try… not because I was too faint-hearted or anything, of course not… but because I had two bags of food in one hand and a bubble tea in another. However, I’m sure Korean beondegi addicts would not hesitate a moment to try this. And why wouldn’t they—cricket is “high in calcium, high in protein, and beautifies facial skin,” so I’m told.

    A fellow dancer who grew up in Taiwan told me that he once saw a cooking show on TV explaining how to fry cockroaches, and why red cockroaches taste better than black ones…

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    Steamed pig blood, coated with peanut powder 
    and Chinese parsley.

    Steamed Bloody Cake

    One day, I was absentmindedly watching Taiwanese news when something caught my attention: a huge line of anxious customers waiting behind a tiny stall for their number to be called.

    This, apparently, was not breaking news but a daily phenomenon at Taipei’s Shilin night market. A reporter approached these people to ask them what they were waiting for. “My friend told me it’s the best thing ever.” “I’ve been waiting 30 minutes in line just to get this bloody cake.” “I have to try this bloody cake before I die.”

    It really is called “Bloody Cake”, although for speakers of British English, the word “Bloody” is more of a crude exclamation than an adjective.

    The idea of eating something soaked in blood sounded a little vampirish, but I was intrigued. What was this bloody cake? I made a note to try one before I left Taiwan. At the last night-market we went to, in Taoyuan, I did.

    I ordered the most popular kind—cake steamed in pig blood, with the most standard garnish—peanut powder and Chinese parsley. Honestly, I was disappointed. It had no taste. It was just a sticky rice cake with a hint of peanut and parsley. I barely tasted blood.

    I guess I was still a little culturally insensitive, and had yet to appreciate the bloody cake for its historical gravitas.

    You might have heard of the Chinese saying: Northerners love their noodles, Southerners love their rice. And it was immigrants from the southern province of Fujian who crossed the strait and brought their affection for rice snacks to Taiwan.

    Where does the blood come in? In ancient China, farm animals were killed mainly as sacrifices to the heavens. During the rest of the year, meat was a rare treat, especially during times of poverty. So people began saving the highly nutritious blood from slaughtered pigs and ducks to put in soup or steam into rice.

    Over time, pig’s blood became popular, being cheaper than duck’s. The first Taiwanese blood cake is said to have originated after WWII at a Taipei slaughterhouse, where people arrived early to ask for pig blood before it was dumped.

    It is indeed during times of hardship that the best dishes are invented. Or is it because everything tastes better when you’re hungry?

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    Golden rule for eating stinky tofu: The stinkier, the better. 

    The One and Only… Stinky Tofu

    Stinky tofu was an accidental invention, or should I say, “discovery,” in the same kind of sense that blue cheese was probably “discovered.” Someone forgot bean curd in a jar for too long until it turned green and stinky.

    That someone was Wang Zhihe, a Qing Dynasty scholar. After failing the imperial examinations, he decided to stay in Beijing and sell tofu. Little did he know that he would leave for posterity a contribution to Chinese culture in the form of his stinky invention.

    Here are my 12 Steps to Stinky Tofu:

    1. Wait until you’re really, really hungry.
    2. Go to a night-market with friend A, who loves stinky tofu, and friend B, who abhors it.
    3. Keep your eyes open for swarms of hungry stinky tofu aficionados.
    4. Rely more on your nose, because before seeing it you will scent it first.
    5. If friend B gasps in disgust convinced that the smell is coming from a garbage dump, while friend A believes it could be the best stinky tofu in town, you’re on the right track.
    6. You may need to follow that smell for some time before you spot a line of drooling fans.
    7. Make sure it’s deep-fried crispy-skin stinky tofu—those are the best.
    8. Make sure it’s as stinky as the sign claims. Some stinky tofus are so smelly that vendors have to  install an exhaust hood to vent toxic fumes into something like a trash can.
    9. If you followed Steps 4-8, BINGO! Congratulate yourself for finding the Smelly Grail.
    10. Don’t haggle. I wouldn’t, not now, because you’re getting a priceless luxury so cheap!
    11. Make sure you ask for pickled vegetables, hot sauce and sprinkled parsley.
    12. Chew slowly. Let it rock the taste bud party in your mouth. Make satisfied noises. Take pictures. Savor the moment. Share with friend A. Wave the stinky tofu in friend B’s face. Immerse yourself in the smelly experience.

    Remember the golden rule: The stinkier, the better.

    This formula can also be expressed in an Equation of Smellativity: As smelliness increases, taste and enjoyableness increase proportionally. To infinity.

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    My favorite shop in Taichung’s Fengjia Night Market sells a very crispy kind of stinky tofu.


    While Chinese people may find it hard to understand the passion Koreans have for steamed baby silkworms, others may find it equally hard to comprehend our stink-mania.

    It is my view that with all those disgusting-but-addicting snacks, you either love’m or hate’m. And I must confess, with all due respect to my mom, there’s nothing I love more than stinky tofu—it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

    I hereby solemnly vow to love and cherish stinky tofu, for smellier or worse, with all my heart and stomach, for as long as I live. (Till death or indigestion do us part.)

    Every year in Taiwan we dance to the most intensive show schedule: this year we pulled off 37 shows in 33 days—that’s 1.121212 shows per day. However, the warmth of the local people, their appreciation of traditional Chinese arts—both performing and culinary—surely compensates for that.

    Best food on the planet is a pretty good reward for hard work, don’t you think?

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