Popcorn chicken, beef noodles most popular Taiwanese foods with Universiade athletes

Popcorn chicken, beef noodles, and scallion pancakes are most popular Taiwanese foods with athletes at Taipei Universiade

Popcorn chicken bento. (Image by flickr user Alpha)

Popcorn chicken bento. (Image by flickr user Alpha)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The most popular Taiwanese foods being served at the Athletes' Village Canteen during the ongoing Taipei Universiade games are popcorn chicken, beef noodles and scallion pancakes, according to the Taipei 2017 Universiade Organizing Committee.

The Athlete's Village Canteen is currently serving 35,000 to 40,000 meals a day, and the top five most popular foods are pizza, popcorn chicken, scrambled eggs, spaghetti, and beef noodles, with 350 kilograms of popcorn chicken being consumed daily, according the Universiade Restaurant Management Office. Rounding out the top 10 are toasted sandwiches, various other types of noodles, wontons, meat balls, and Tandoori chicken.

The top most popular Taiwanese foods being consumed are popcorn chicken, beef noodles, and scallion cakes. In addition to the daily consumption of 350 kg of popcorn chicken, 900 bowls of beef noodles and 500 slices of scallion pancakes are also scarfed up each day.

Beef noodle soup. (CNA image)

Athlete Village Canteen head chef Wu Chang Fang (吳長芳) told UDN that Taiwanese popcorn chicken resonates with Westerners because they are already familiar with fried chicken in their home countries. The Taiwanese version is a little heavier flavor, but the chicken prepared for the athletes is cooked with less oil, less salt, and with low-fat oil, said Wu.

Scallion pancake. (Image from flickr user Johnson Wang)

Australia's Global Hospitality Group CEO Peter Wright told the media that of the 250,000 items of food being served each day, 120,000 are slices of fruit. Chu Ta-cheng (璩大成), director of the Universiade's Department of Food and Beverages, said that foreign athletes are particularly fond of Taiwanese fruits, consuming 8,000 kg per day, of which the most popular are bananas, with 2,500 kg eaten each day.

Taiwanese fruit vendor at Shilin Night Market in Taipei. (Image by flickr user See-ming Lee)