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Taiwanese Snack Tasting!

November 13, 2015

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We were in Taiwan last week, and we spent 48 hours eating as much as we possibly could. We didn’t get to eat everything, though, so we packed some of it back with us to Korea so we could keep on eating some more. FOR SCIENCE!

We’re kinda bummed, though, that we didn’t get to try that many Taiwanese drinks. Taiwan has its own spirit that’s supposedly 50 someodd percent alcohol, and we brought that back with us, but forgot to bring it to the studio! We left it at home! We haven’t tried it at home yet, but we will soon. Also, we spoke with someone in Taiwan who let us know about Taiwan’s sodas. Asparagus drink?! Sarsaparilla? We saw at least six things we wanted to try out in the vending machines. Didn’t get a chance this time. Next time, though!

You might notice a theme with this video and the other Taiwan related food videos we’re going to post (we’ve got two more coming up). Basically, everything in Taiwan is delicious. We didn’t try a single bad thing. Everything was mind blowing. I’m sure I could probably walk up to a person and bite them and they’d be delicious as well. You are what you eat, and all Taiwan eats is DELICIOUS. Makes sense to me.

Special thanks to the lovely nasties we met in Taiwan for our small meetup who brought us some of these snacks to try out. It was too kind of you. We were happy enough just to see you all in Taiwan. Thank you! We didn’t get to eat everything that we brought back, though, so we saved some of that footage for the bloopers. We tried some long vanilla wafer sesame sticks. Were they good? What do you think. Of course they were good. It’s from Taiwan everything from Taiwan is good. Check it out:

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  1. ‘You are what you eat, and all Taiwan eats is DELICIOUS. Makes sense to me.’ XD
    – Simon logic

    4 years ago
  2. I feel like your videos are popping up less frequent than in the past… But seeing swan song and you eating sweets is still like amazing- like experiencing it second hand lol

    Martina and Simon, do you guys have any home or childhood snack\treats your family would make?

    4 years ago
  3. When my family went to Taiwan a few years ago to see our other relatives, a street vendor offered us some chicken butthole kabobs. I remember being kinda grossed out by that, so I didn’t try it. But now, whenever the topic of Taiwanese cuisine is brought up, I can’t help but think of that missed opportunity.

    I REALLY WANT TO EACH SOME CHICKEN BUTT AND I THINK IT’S LOW-KEY RUINING MY LIFE!?

    4 years ago
    • I have straight up laughed my “butt” off for five minutes.

      You want it? It’s not chicken or on a stick, but still … the offer is there.

      4 years ago
  4. as an italian i have to tell you guys…. spaghetti is JUST the long stringy one…it would be pasta for the other types. Kinda like pasta is everything and spaghetti is a type of pasta just like fusilli, tubetti, etc.

    4 years ago
  5. Ah bouillon cubes, the great north american snack… which I may or many not have eaten plain as a child.

    4 years ago
  6. The Simpsons are always relevant! :D

    4 years ago
  7. Who else wants Simon and Martina to find and share the recipe for the cake that Simon had the flashback about?

    4 years ago
  8. Where are my samples?

    4 years ago
  9. Indisputable fact of life:

    For every situation, there is an applicable Simpsons quote.

    :D

    4 years ago
  10. My parents actually miss going to Taiwan for this reason alone. They love the food there. I do too. Especially the street food. (GIVE ME MY APPLE MILK GODDAMMIT)

    Huh… the chips in this video are the ones that are available in the Asian junk food store here… And the quail eggs. Guess living in Vancouver does that to me.

    4 years ago
  11. I’m SOSOSOSOSOSO glad you guys liked the guai guai (the cereal milk-ish one :D )! When I was at the sevelevs picking out a snack to give you, I couldn’t NOT give you guai guai~ it’s mah first Taiwanese love. :D
    I do wonder if you’ll like the tea cookies though… They’re…a bit more tradish…
    p.s. It was great meeting you at the 101 meetup :)

    4 years ago
  12. Yes, the pineapple cake is not so good for you…lots of butter. Simon’s right. The chips are oyster omelet flavored, 蚵仔煎. The Pirate one is super popular–it’s called 乖乖 guaiguai.

    4 years ago
    • Thank you for letting us know! What is guaiguai, though?

      4 years ago
      • It’s basically like a giant piece of Kix cereal covered in a coconut glaze. (They also have chocolate and the good ol’ Chinese five spice flavors, but coconut is definitely the best.)

        4 years ago
      • guai literally means “obedient” and in Chinese we double up some words as an expression haha. I’m not sure why a snack is called “obedient obedient” though but I have this vague memory (back when I went on a school trip to Taiwan like 5 years ago) that it’s because the snack is meant for children so it carries the well-wish that kids would be more obedient after eating it?? (Gosh the way I said it makes it sound like some psychotic mind-control drug-food I DIDN’T MEAN FOR THIS TO HAPPEN hahaha the Taiwanese is not evil!!!) I might be completely wrong though, maybe a Taiwanese nasty can help?

        4 years ago
  13. ISO 22000 is a food safety regulation, I mean it’s great that they have that but questionable that they have to advertise it on the package lol.

    4 years ago
  14. I love the bear glasses!

    4 years ago
  15. I loved the video, but I kept staring at your glasses, Martina. They are so adorable! Have you done an Open the Happy video about your glasses collection? I would love to see all that you have!

    4 years ago
  16. sarsaparilla is like root beer. you guise must not have eaten the stinky tofu. not everything form taiwan is delicious.

    4 years ago
    • I had stinky tofu in Shanghai at a Taiwanese restaurant and liked it!

      4 years ago
    • But…Stinky tofu is sooooo good. Every time I get a chance to go back to Taiwan I always have to get it and pig’s blood mixed with rice cake :)

      4 years ago