We’re cycling in Guanshan today and getting a taste
of their delicious rice.
This is Guanshan Train Station, and right outside
the station, that way is a bike rental shop where
I usually get my bike.
How do you say “I want to rent a bike?” It’s “wo yao
zu tie ma.”
This bike path goes around Guanshan, and it’s 12km
long. It’s about as difficult as eating a piece of
There are very few ups and downs, and the scenery
along the way is fantastic. There is almost an ocean
of rice paddies, several streams, and a big park with
a lake in it.
This is a great place to watch birds and other wildlife.
“Wan gong fan,” or “rice bowl” is what farmers used
to eat in the fields. They would bring a bowl of rice,
salty, greasy meat and vegetables in a basket, and
then they would take it out at noon and have it for
At the “Rice School,” you can still get a taste of
this very simple, local and delicious dish. The rice
school is also a place where you can learn about how
this staple food in Taiwan is processed.
Most rice that you'll find in Taiwan is of the medium
length variety, originally from Japan. Compared to
say, Indian or Thai rice, Japonica rice is firmer
I have a friend named “Show” who lives around here.
Every day she posts pictures of the rice paddies with
mountains and fog rolling down them in the background.
And every day, I say to myself, “oh I want to go.”
Well now I'm satisfied. Look at how the rice stalks
sway in the wind like the waves in the ocean. You