When traveling half-way around the world, it sometimes feels like six meals a day isn’t enough, since it might be my last time in that country, ever. My government sponsored trip to Taiwan had a pretty packed itinerary, but I still made a point to push my stomach’s limits by following promising culinary leads before and after the day’s scheduled tours. In Kaohsiung, a hub for Taiwanese technology in the southern part of the island nation, it felt important to seek Kuo’s, a family-run, open air restaurant that’s been serving comfort food for over 40 years.
The restaurant was point and pay, and even with three plates, my meal only cost NT$95 ~ 3.
It was easy to enjoy savory ground pork, stewed with soy sauce, rice wine and crystal sugar.
Tender soy-braised milkfish touted tiny bones and a bright hit of julienne ginger.
“Chicken Egg” featured hard-boiled egg braised in soy and chicken broth.
My side street explorations resulted in a sweat-stained shirt, since Kaohsiung is so hot and humid in the summer, but Kuo’s was worth some extra laundry for such delicious dividends.