Taiwan’s Most Beloved Dish: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork on Rice 滷肉飯)

Taiwan’s Most Beloved Dish: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork on Rice 滷肉飯)

– [Gunnarolla] Of all the
countries that I’ve been to in Asia so far, I’d
have to say that Taiwan is one of my favourite
destinations for food. You’ve probably familiar
popcorn chicken, bubble tea, and beef noodle soup, but
this time we’re making our way to the Lu Rou Fan Festival, a celebration of one of Taiwan’s most beloved dishes, braised pork on rice. On our journey to the
festival, we’ll be stopping at attractions and
restaurants along the way, and learning more about what makes Taiwan such a special travel destination. You ready? (Flight Attendant) Ladies and gentlemen,
we have arrived in Taipei International Airport Just landed in Taipei, my first– what do they call people
who live in Taipei? – Um, people in Taipei. – People in Taipei. (laughing) This is Elsa. – I’m the translator for
this whole trip so, hi. – Look at these. They’re so cute. And what’s this dish called? Lu Rou Fan What? Lu Rou Fan Lu… Rou… Fan – No, no, no. Lu Rou Fan Yeah. Lu Rou Fan – Is that okay?
– Yeah. – So I know how to order it, there we go. Our trip officially begins in Taichung, the cultural center of Taiwan. It’s a growing city rich in
history and natural beauty, and some impressive architecture. So the first stop for us today is the Taichung city government building. And these buildings were erected during the Japanese colonial era. Very striking architecture. Let’s head inside and see
if we can find the mayor. Hello? Does anybody know where the mayor is? Hello? Is the mayor here? Excuse me do you know where the mayor is? (light music) Where can we find the mayor? Do you know where the mayor is? Do you know where I can find the mayor? – The mayor not here sorry. Yes because this one is old building and you know a lot of people come here for the office, for everything. – So this is not the mayor’s office? – Yes because it too small. – You’ll actually find many
historic buildings preserved and converted for new uses in Taichung, like Shen Ji New Village,
originally a dormitory for government employees,
today it’s a spot to shop, eat, meet some friendly locals. – Hello, welcome to our store. Our gelato taste good. – So you have a few different flavours. Which one is your favourite flavour? – My favourite is blue cheese. You can try what do you want. Seven flavours, that’s right. – Okay I’m gonna try blue cheese. Listen I don’t really like
blue cheese on its own but maybe in gelato
form it’ll be different. Here we go. Oh, that’s quite pleasant. That’s very good. – Thank you very much. – Now that we’ve warmed up our palette, it’s time for our first
real meal of the day. Alright, made it to our
first restaurant of the day and we’re gonna try some Hakka cuisine. What is special about Hakka cuisine? – For old tradition Hakka cuisine is about a little greasy and salty but now I try to fix that. Try more healthy. – Alright so take me into the kitchen. Show me around here. – Our most famous Hakka dishes like Hakka stewed pork. First we chop in a certain shape and then we braise it. And then later we have to defat and then we put into
steamer for like two hours. A total take five to six hours to make. – So we spent the first
half of the day in the city, now we’ve driven about an
hour outside to the wetlands. What are the wetlands? – The wetland is a land with water. (both laughing) – Thank you dictionary.com. The Gaomei Wetlands are
where the sea and land meet. Visitors can stroll down an
800 meter long boardwalk, observing wildlife and
windmills along the way. It’s quite the romantic
spot and during low tide you can even take a walk on the silt. It’s a peaceful haven, just over an hour outside of the city. With easy access to a diversity
of mountains, forests, and water, Taiwan is a
nature lover’s dream. It also has a very rich history, preserved in the temples and
monuments that you can find in Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan. This also happens to be the place where I discovered my new
favourite noodle: dan zai. As it turns out, this dish,
and how it was delivered, has a very interesting history. Alright so this is the
origins of dan zai, right? This is like the original food truck. They can just go wherever they want. Is it heavy? – [Man] Very heavy. – How heavy? – Maybe 20 kilo. – I can try. You don’t need to go to the gym, you just open up your
own dan zai restaurant. How do I, just like this? Like this? Oh my gosh. Okay see you guys. (laughing) – [Woman] Is it very heavy? – Uh yeah. I mean if I had to have this all day, probably I would have
a really jacked back. The people of Taiwan lead
pretty active lifestyles and there are actually
plenty of opportunities to get your steps in, as we discovered in the seaside city of Khaosiung. Alright we’re about to climb 100 steps to get to the top of the mountain. Are you ready? – [Michael] Yes. – Let’s go! I’m already tired. Is there an elevator we can take? Escalator? We made it half the way up. This is very tiring. Can you carry me? Can I get on your back? You’ll need another backpack. – Be a man! – No!
– You come here in one minute! – Come get me! – You now be a shame of Canada, go! – Fine. Not all areas of Taiwan are
as developed as the west. And as we make our way along the island, it’s easy to find lush green
spaces for nature and crops. In the south, near Taitung,
you’ll find the Bunun tribes, the indigenous people of Taiwan, best known for their
sophisticated vocal music. (singing in foreign language) Also near Taitung is Chulu
Ranch, an attraction focused on milk production, something
the people of Taiwan take great pride in. Okay so we’re gonna try
a premium milk Popsicle, love this packaging. Is there anything we need to know? Do they eat the Popsicles
differently in Taiwan? – What? – Is there a special technique to eat it? – Um, no. – There it is. – This is the milk. – It’s good, you don’t
even need another flavor. It’s very refreshing on a day like today. (light music) The last stop on our trip is Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Although it’s now a modern metropolis, you can still find traces
of its early history. After a brief lesson in tea culture, we’re getting dressed in
traditional qipao and magua, in preparation the main event:
the Lu Rou Fan Festival. We are at Taipei train station. We’re about to go to a press conference where they’re gonna talk
about the Lu Rou Fan Festival. (speaking foreign language) (steam hisses) – [Announcer] Lu Rou
Fan, which is Taiwan’s braised pork on rice. – Alright, first step is to
mix in that meat with our rice. Second step’s a bit of a challenge if you’re not used to it, it’s
eating rice with chopsticks. Portion control! (murmurs) That’s so good. Really savory, salty. We got our rice and our meat. Alright this one’s a bigger cut of meat and we got pickled ginger
here, so salty and sour, I love the combination, let’s try it out. (murmurs) That’s so good. Pickled ginger! Alright this one’s from Formosa Chang, it’s one of the most popular spots to get Lu Rou Fan in Taiwan. They got 71 locations, they
added a pickled radish for me. (murmurs) That’s good. So good. (cheering) Alright this one has a meatball. And I can already tell I’m
gonna love this meatball so let’s chop that up here. What do we say in Taiwan
instead of bon appetit? (speaks foreign language) Yo this is my favourite,
this is my favourite. And I love that they gave me a spoon so I can eat it twice as fast. So good! I would never get sick of this. – [Announcer] Our international
cyber celebrities, should I say, thank you very
much for coming to Taiwan! – [Gunnarolla] I’ve always
known that Taiwan was special but it wasn’t until this
trip that I had a chance to truly appreciate its diversity, not just in people and scenery, but in its culinary offerings as well. Braised pork on rice may
sound like a simple dish but as we discovered, there are so many
inventive ways to enjoy it. So, next time you book a trip to Asia, plan to spend a couple days in Taiwan, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure to bring your appetite. Thanks for watching! If you liked this video,
share it with a friend. And follow Gunnarolla for more travel, adventure and tons of food. See ya next time. (speaking foreign language) (laughing)

19 thoughts on “Taiwan’s Most Beloved Dish: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork on Rice 滷肉飯)”

  1. I will never learn my lesson. Don't watch Gunnarolla when you're hungry. Everything about this video was top notch. Food, humor, history, and tourism all balanced and paced flawlessly. Bleu cheese gelato was a surprise, too.

  2. OMG I'm living in Taiwan right now and this just made me love the country even more! Thanks for making this dope video featuring on us and making me super hungry?! Love your vids!

  3. I have been watching you for years and I can’t believe you came to Taiwan (and not only Taiwan but Taichung)! I’ve been here for 6 years and I love seeing people come here and enjoy the sights and especially the food. Not only that, but you went to my friend’s husband’s Hakka restaurant! So cool! I hope you had a chance to experience the night markets and their food as well. ^-^ please come back anytime!

  4. YASSSSS Taiwan doesn't play when it comes to food y'all. GET YOU SOME!
    Also. what's michael's (the camera guy) last name? and is he single? and into men?

  5. Ah I miss Taiwan already! I was there for the Pingxi Lantern Festival after Lunar New Year. I love the people and the food!

  6. Hi, sorry I’m late.
    I shouldn’t have watched this at night. I am this close to having a midnight snack
    I really need to go to Taiwan. The food and scenery looks amazing. This video really makes me want to book a trip!

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