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Railroad lunch box festival makes appeal to nostalgia

Railroad lunch box festival makes appeal to nostalgia

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) A four-day festival on railroad lunch boxes that opened Friday is hoping to not only promote the food served on Taiwan's trains but also appeal to nostalgia for an era when eating on the train was considered a treat. The first Formosa Railroad Bento Festival is seeking to revive people's memories of eating on a moving train during trips that offered memorable snapshots into their lives, said the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), which is organizing the event. Many Taiwanese have childhood memories of having lunch boxes on train trips, said TRA Director-General Chou Yung-hui (???), who now wants to popularize railroad lunch boxes so that people no longer have to ride the train to enjoy the food. The festival, taking place at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, highlights railroad lunch boxes from 11 providers, including Japanese participants such as East Japan Railway Company and SEIBU Railway Co., according to the TRA. Festival visitors can sample new TRA lunch boxes combining vegetable rice and toasts, and train-shaped rice balls, which Chou said could hit the market in September if they receive a positive response in trials. People who enjoy Japanese food can also try selections ranging from sukiyaki beef and tuna sashimi to eel rice, the TRA said. To make TRA lunch boxes more accessible in the future, a new service allowing the public to pre-order the TRA's NT$80 (US$2.5) lunch boxes will be launched by the end of this year, Chou said. In the future, passengers will be able to buy lunch boxes when they buy their tickets online and have their meals delivered during their trip, Chou said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 03:47 GMT+08:00