Yanshui Fireworks story is a go, so it's smooth roads ahead for the next four days as I head down the east coast and back up again through the rift valley with a few friends for a story for Bicycle Times Magazine - after which it's way more bicycle stuff from the Taiwan Bicycle Show starting next week.
So yeah, just logged in for a quick minute to find out that Lonely Planet's the world's best street food, to which I contributed four stories, is hot off the presses (or will be pretty soon, but you can pre-order it now.
Among the questions I worked tirelessly to answer in my four LP:TWBSF stories are:
What's delicious, found in Singapore and Malaysia, and has a vaguely brain-ish mouth-feel? (hint: not an animal's brain)
What Beijing snack brings proletarian and party wonks together?
Why did my sister agree to let me leave a tub of tofu on her sun-porch for three days, and what did her guests say on the fourth day when I cooked it up for them?
These questions and more will be answered in glorious technicolor in The World's Best Street Foods!
In the meantime, this is a story I wrote to celebrate the tome's launch: Asian Street Food Battle.
As always, the first PP is here, after which you can click over to the LP site for the full story.
Many Asian destinations claim to be the one true king of dining al fresco. Thais boast proudly that Bangkok‘s endless alleyways filled with tasty dishes make their capital tops, while Hong Kongers swear their dai pai dongs (street stalls) offering Cantonese fare put that city in street-food slot one. But in a world of superlatives, only one place can earn the title of Asia’s Best Street Eats. For me, these two worthy contenders – along with other famous Asian food towns like Penang, Jakarta, Macau and Guangzhou – need to content themselves with ‘somewhere in top ten’ status. When it comes to variety, cleanliness, convenience and overall experience, the contest is really a tale of two cities: Singapore vs Taipei.
Click here to read the rest of Asian Street Food Battle!