Being able to cook is cool, but being able to speak Taiwanese fluently is even cooler! The relationship between food and language is one that is completely inseparable. Do you know that many cooking-related verbs are only spoken in Taiwanese? For example, braising is called “hip,” putting food into boiling water is called “sa̍h,” and cooking on a small fire is called “wen.” Not sure how to read these vocabularies? Fret not; we have looked through a mountain of data to find the pronunciation of these vocabularies for you.
These vocabularies may seem uncommon, but if you want to make traditional Taiwanese dishes and home-cooked meals, you will need to know them. By familiarizing yourself with these vocabularies again, you will be able to say to your children and grandchildren “pû han-tsî (roasted sweet potatoes) is ready” in the future!
For this landmark, a Taiwanese speaker by the stage name of Mr. Wang (played by Zhang Guang-chen) is invited. Mr. Wang, a man of great looks, cooking skills, and linguistic talent, knows almost all kitchen-related vocabularies in Taiwanese!
In Mr. Wang’s kitchen, visitors will see ten mouthwatering dishes and Taiwanese cooking vocabularies that are worth exploring. Let us step into the Haohan Kitchen and enjoy the mesmerizing “fragrance” of Taiwanese!
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Taiwan Tongue is a website focusing on culinary culture of Taiwan. Since we started Taiwan Tongue in 2017, as a team we set out to share recipes and ideas and to promote Taiwanese comfort food to the world. We believe in applying the best aspects of Taiwanese food movements to our everyday lives.