|TOKYO, Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — What is quickly becoming a world-famous dish, Lor Bak Png in the local Taiwanese dialect, lu rou fan in Mandarin or, for most readers of this article, Taiwanese braised pork rice – a savory preparation that is gradually being elevated to the status of Taiwan’s “national dish”, has topped CNN’s list of “must-eat foods” when visiting the island. The dish is made by pouring marinade, which is stewed with local black pork and locally grown shallots that are unique to the island, then poured over full and chewy rice, with the ratio of the ingredients a key factor in assuring the authenticity of the preparation. The dish is complemented by a variety of side dishes and hot soups.
The “Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan – 2018 Taiwan Braised Pork Rice Festival”, in tandem with several regional events, helping the dish ascend to an even greater level of popularity throughout the island. The dish started to make a presence in Japan when it was featured as a showcase item at the Taiwan Plus 2018 event held at Ueno Park, Tokyo at the end of September. Three famous resta urants participated in the event:
The authentic Taiwanese preparations were shipped directly to Japan, meeting the expectations of Japanese diners who are known for their perfectionist approach to food. During the sales period, the braised pork rice dishes received positive feedback from the continuous flow of buyers and were sold out in advance every day. The savory “national dish” has gone a long way in being an assist to the friendly relations that Taiwan has with the world.
Tens of thousands of restaurants across the island have braised pork rice on their menu and have been serving the traditional dish to generations of Taiwanese. Some restaurants focus on the heritage, while others take a more innovative approach. Each Taiwanese has his or her own favorite version.
We welcome visitors from all over the world to sample the many varieties and versions of this “national dish”. Make Taiwan a destination on one of your next trips and decide which version of this famous dish is your favorite!