October 1, 2009

Fruit Fiesta


All seasons are rich with fruits in Taiwan. It has many varieties, including mangoes, wax apples, strawberries, guava, peaches, plums, pears, papaya, watermelon, honeydew, grapes, custard apples, bananas, pineapple, star fruit... etc. They all have an excellent quality and delicious taste. I love fruit and feel almost living in a paradise.


Taiwan is world famous with its abundant variety of fruits, because of its sub tropical weather offering a plenty of sun light and long summer. The unique landform and plentiful rainfall are also suitable for the growth of fruits. Besides these, we also should thank all diligent farmers and their constant innovations of farming technique, which have improved the fruits’ texture and taste and created a legendary success in Taiwan.


Beside their delicious taste, we can also enjoy special dishes made with fruit in Taiwan. In Tainan County, Nansi Township, “Fruit House” is the place where seasonal fruits dishes are made. Guests are coming here to enjoy the “Fruit Fiesta”!


A dozen of us came here to taste and wanted to find out what the chefs were really making….


As soon as we walked in, the server brought us freshly squeezed juice blended with mango, pineapple and honeydew. They tasted so cool and delicious. We are ready for more…


The first dish was “Veggie-Fruit Combination”, which was an appetizer made from Kuo-Mau and young papaya thread. The way the plate was set matched the colors of the veggie and fruit and was so attractive. We could not wait to have a bite. It totally exceeds our expectations. This dish was so good and indeed an excellent appetizer.


The second dish was also a very popular dish “The Fruit of Golded Fish”. It had crispy skin and tender fish meat, blended with the juice and taste of the fruits which made it just perfect. This dish was gone very fast by us!


This dish is “Pineapple Tiger Palm” which mainly made with pork stew, pineapple, and carrots. It looks remarkable. But how was the taste? To be honest, I was amazed at how they stewed the pork. It was so tender, tasty and fresh. It was too good to be true and we almost wanted to order one more plate.


I don’t know the name of this dish, so let’s name it “Fruit Cup with Watermelon and Shrimp Balls”. It had flavors of pineapple, watermelon, apple and shrimp. This would be a popular dish.


This unnamed dish was liked by all of us. It was selling great. With the combination of a light wine sauce, shrimp paste, and sweet potato, it became perfect. It is an unique and excellent dish.


“Banana Mushu Sprout” is one of my favorite dishes. Banana and mushu sprout are wrapped with spring roll skin and sprinkled with vegetarian meat floss on the top. With the sweetness from the banana, fresh smell of the mushu sprouts and the crispy vegetarian meat made it another great dish.


While eating in Chinese restaurants, the dessert always comes with fruit. We have been eating the fruit fiesta, so we were so curious about the final dish would be like. We were shocked when we saw the server brought us the last dish. “What? We are so full, and how can we eat these huge sandwiches?” We couldn’t even look at it, let alone the appetite to consume it.


I thought that no one would be interested in eating the sandwich. However, a friend of ours took one piece and then little by little ate the “Fruit Crispy” super large sandwich. She even told us how good it was with a tempting expression on her face while she was eating. Although no one had the appetite, we eventually couldn’t resist the temptation. I also had a bite on the super large sandwich. Yum~ it was so good~ with crispy toasts and fresh stuffing and so delicious!


“Fruit House” is providing fruit fiesta to tourists and offers an area for guests to pick fruits, an ecological park for guests to stroll around and enjoy fresh air. This place is worth a visit..





“Fruit House”

Address: No.6, Mijhih Village, Nanxi Township, Tainan County

TEL: (06)575-0035

Website: www.gogo99.com.tw Read More


Romanian Cuisine said...

It's interesting to see the different ways in which fruit is used in Taiwanese cuisine! In my country, fruit is used mainly for desert, and there are very, very few savory fruit dishes...the combination of fruit and meat is definitely unusual for us, but I think it's really yummy!

Kristen and Micki said...


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