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Yang, Shuang-Zi

Yang, Shuang-Zi, born in 1984, the elder sister of twins. She is a novelist, a fan of girl’s love content, a history nerd, a foodie, a hot pot fanatic, an observer of animation and manga subculture and genre fiction, and a lover of Taiwanese folk culture. She is devoted to writing about Taichung and has published a prose collection (My Family Lives Next Door to Chang Ni-Hsing), novels such as Taiwan Wanderings, The Season of Blossoms, and the manga collaborative novel Fantastical Tales of the Flower.


* Winner of the 45th Golden Tripod Awards * Most anticipated novelist under 45   At an age of fine dining and Michelin restaurants, join us on a tasting trip to the old streets of Taichung and explore the culinary history of street delicacies.    A planned new city built under Japanese colonial rule (1895-1945), Taichung is a city of immigrants who embrace creativity and new things. It is where the food culture of the north meets with the south, bringing together the city’s resources and creativity to give traditional food a modern twist.    Grab this book and embark on a journey to the oldest restaurants, bakeries, and food stands of Taichung. There is something savory, like Taichung’s specialty dish Hezuo Street Noodle Soup. There is something sweet, like the century-old Chinese pastry store Yi Xiang Zhai. For hot food, there is Arirang Mini Hot Pot that fuses Korean stone pot with Taiwanese cooking techniques. For something cold, Kuo’s Shaved Ice exemplifies Taiwanese’s preference for new flavors and variety. If you’d like to know about Taiwanese nostalgia, read and try Chen's Milk King’s sugared, Milkmarrine toast and papaya milk. If you find authentic Taiwanese cuisine fascinating, take a look and bite of Li Hai’s braised pork rice.    Written by a historical novelist, Yang, Shuang-Zi, Dig In! Old Taichung is not a travel guide but a guide to the authentic lives of the people of Taichung. It is not just about the taste of food but also about history, about the essence of street food, about the taste of an era, and about finding aesthetics among the hustle and bustle of the city. This is an invitation to read the food and taste the history of Taichung – and you are all invited!  
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