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Taiwan's snacks shine at International Gastronomy Village Paris

Gua bao, popcorn chicken, sweet potato balls, sausages featured at major gourmet event

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The International Gastronomy Village in Paris is held at the Gardens of the Trocadero. (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

The International Gastronomy Village in Paris is held at the Gardens of the Trocadero. (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese vendors are wowing visitors with classic Taiwanese snacks at the fifth International Gastronomy Village in Paris that began on Thursday (Sept. 1).

CNA reported that vendors from over 50 countries joined this year’s event taking place before the Eiffel Tower. Taiwan’s participation was overseen by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Department of Commerce and included gua bao from Foodi Jia-Ba-Buay, boba tea from TeaYammi, beer from Formosa Brewing Co. beer, as well as popcorn chicken, sweet potato balls, and sausages from Han Dian.

According to a Han Dian representative named "Rebecca," the sweet potato balls were the most popular. She was cited as saying those who tried the dish were impressed with its unique texture.

A visitor named "Nicolas" told CNA that sweet potatoes in France do not taste as sweet nor smell so good. “Taiwan’s is much tastier, and there is even filling inside (the balls), it is very cool.”

Another visitor, called "Olivera," enjoyed her vegetarian gua bao, which was made with tofu and mushrooms. She said she liked the slight spiciness within the saltiness of the dish as well as the texture of crushed peanuts, and will buy more in the future.

Taiwan's snacks shine at International Gastronomy Village Paris
Taiwanese vendors at the International Gastronomy Village. (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

Taiwan's snacks shine at International Gastronomy Village Paris
Gua bao and beer featured at the event. (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)

Taiwan's snacks shine at International Gastronomy Village Paris
Vendors reported that sweet potato balls were the most popular snack they sold. (Facebook, Taiwan en France photo)