You know what we’re missing?
Yes, beer! Pijiu! I want a beer! One beer over here!
Cedric, you like Chinese food, right?
I love it, especially fatty fried intestines. This
is my favorite.
Fatty intestines, this is part of some of the best
greasy, salty and spicy Chinese food you’ll find in
Taiwan. This is “juancun cuisine.”
So “juancun” means “military dependents’ village,”
Yes. They are concentrated housing projects for military
personnel and their families who came with the KMT
regime to Taiwan during the retrocession, which was
in the late 1940’s.
I see. So bottom line, juancun cuisine is basically
Chinese food, as opposed to Taiwanese food. I mean
here, everything is fried or spicy. We have duck,
intestines, stomach… So everything is pretty strong
in taste and heavy, as opposed to the Taiwanese cuisine
which is more subtle and light in taste.
That’s very true. I think part of the reason why it’s
so heavy and strong in taste is because soldiers expend
a lot of energy, so they need the calories, the salt,
and they need the spices to help them eat more. That’s
But you know what it needs? Beer. Pijiu.
This is Rainbow Military Dependents’ Village! It’s
one of the last remaining juancuns in Taiwan. It was
the graffiti that saved it from demolition.
That's cool. What is also cool is that the artist
is an old veteran and he still lives here. And what
I really like about those paintings is they are kind
of a mix of South American and Asian influences.
Great for taking pictures, come to think of it.
So you should come!