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The Press Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York hosted its first-ever exclusive culinary event to celebrate the launch of a new website, Food Culture in Taiwan. The site highlights and introduces visitors to Taiwan's food heritage, which comprises flavors and techniques incorporating indigenous, Hakka and fusion influences.
TECO-NY celebrates Taiwan food site launch with tasting event.
TECO's 42nd Street Manhattan location was abuzz with excitement on Thursday, December 8, 2011. About 100 attendees, including members of the press, enjoyed a special treat that evening as they personally experienced the best of Taiwan's cuisine in the heart of the Big Apple.
Attendees milled about, and conversed while holding small cups of Bubble Tea from TKettle—amidst a backdrop of reds and Chinese calligraphy by Yang-Tze Tong—part of the inaugural exhibition of the Taiwan Academy.
TKettle is located at 26 St. Mark's Place in the East Village.
Tea is a staple beverage in Taiwan, and to round out the evening, guests headed to the second floor where Ninchi Fang, a tea master, steeped leaves to perfection, and then invited everyone to take a cup of the comforting drink.
Ninchi Fang from Fang Gourmet Tea hosts a tea ceremony.
With regards to the proper steeping time, "the leaves tell you when they're ready," explains a staff member from Fang Gourmet Tea. She notes that the tea variety to be sampled, Dong Ding Oolong tea, "is named after the mountain where it's being planted."
Each guest received a cotton drawstring pouch to store the white cup they used to sample their tea—a keepsake of the tea ceremony, and the event.
It was a festive evening of tasty fare, photos of entrees, fun food facts and great conversations with new and familiar faces. For additional information, visit their website to learn more about Taiwan's rich food culture. Abby Lee, TECO executive press officer shares that there will be other upcoming events—so stay tuned.