TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese bubble milk tea wins the first place of the must-eat Taiwanese foods among the Universiade athletes.
As the 2017 Universiade keeps rolling forward in Taipei, around 12,000 delegates from 131 countries are now living in the athletes' village in Linkou District, New Taipei City. Taiwan News visited the athletes' village on August 23 and interviewed the athletes about their impressions of Taiwan so far.
The athletes were asked to vote for the Taiwanese food they would like to try the most from the four most popular Taiwanese traditional items: stinky tofu, bubble milk tea, a-thousand-year-old egg, and oyster omelette. The bubble milk tea ranked the first of the most popular Taiwanese foods for the athletes and won 50% of all the votes, followed by oyster omelette (32%) and a-thousand-year-old egg (13%).
Zimbabwean athletes Dumezweni Dube and Gerren Muwishi voted the bubble milk tea as soon as they saw the voting list. Dube said he hasn't tried it personally, but has already heard a lot about this famous Taiwanese drink and is definitely trying it in the following days in Taipei. Table tennis player Tsitsidzashe Goto from Zimbabwe chose the oyster omelette because she thought the name of the food sounds tasty. Goto was also curious about the taste of stinky tofu, and asked the reporter where to buy this famous Taiwanese cuisine item.
Czech athlete Petr Petrov voted for bubble milk tea and oyster omelette but insisted that he will not try the thousand-year-old egg after hearing the name.
Canadian athlete Sebastian Lethbridge also thought the name of the thousand-year-old egg is crazy, but added that he would like to try if he sees it. But he refused to vote for the stinky tofu and said he would never try the food.
As a host city, Taipei started construction of the athlete village in 2013 and officially opened it on August 12 this year. The most popular Taiwanese foods being served at the Athletes' Village are popcorn chicken and beef noodles, according to the Universiade Organizing Committee.