Sunday, December 19, 2010

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Ah Gei, Tamsui's famous food

12/19/2010 Taiwan Explorer

Ah Gei 阿給 is probably the most famous dish in Tamsui and very typical for the town. Every blogger will say you have to try it. And I have to say I am also one of them. When I first saw this unusual dish, I was a bit surprised, because I didn't know what to make of it. »What is it«, I asked my girlfriend. She said it's fried tofu stuffed with glass noodles in a spicy sauce. I was like »Really? Is that so? Interesting.« And then I dug in with my chopsticks and slowly explored the consistence of the tofu. I had to pierce through it very carefully (like a surgeon) just to see the magnificent strings of the cellophane noodles popping up, looking at me and begging me to slurp them down. I did so repeatedly and I have to say the taste wasn't bad at first. Well, it didn't blow me away immediately, but then I became smart. I started to mix the tofu with the noodles, added the spicy sauce and I was almost instantly elevated to heaven. I think it's the spicy sauce that makes this dish so good. It's really more spicy than the usual Taiwanese food. It reminded me of Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. So in case you happen to wander around Tamsui, go and try a bowl of ah gei, I'm sure you'll like it, if not love it.

Can you see those crystal noodles wanting to escape the tofu prison?

Oh yeah, they were free for few seconds, until I stuffed myself (*evil laugh).

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