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COMPASS MAGAZINE > August 2012
 

Foreign food vendors--Slice N Dice Pizz, Los Burgerittos, Taichung Munchies, Belling's Butchery, Syrup Waffles

By Kassy Cho and Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel Pu

In addition to restaurants and stores owned and operated by foreigners, Taichung also has a growing number of non-Taiwanese food vendors marketing their products via night markets, roadside stands and the Internet. Following is a sampling of what's available out there.


Slice N Dice Pizz

Slice N Dice Pizz

Alex Wagner: Slice N Dice Pizza

183, ZhongXiao Rd, South Dist. (Zhongxiao Night Market)
Hours: 5:30-11 pm
(open to 12-1 am weekends), closed Tue
0970-847-007
Dine-in available.

American Alex Wagner, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been selling big 20-inch pizzas by the slice from a stand in Zhongxiao Night Market south of Taichung Rail Station for the past six months. With previous pizza-making experience in Wisconsin and Seattle, he decided to fulfill his dream of running his own pizza joint after breaking his leg in a motorcycle accident. He sells a dozen varieties (5-6 per day) by the slice (NT$49), although whole pizzas (NT$400) can be ordered in advance for dine-in or carry-out. Alex says his pizzas are a mix of American (like Dominos or Pizza Hut) and New York (big, thin-in-the-middle, floppy foldable slices) styles. Standard flavors include Sausage Mushroom, Double Cheese, and Supreme, but he often gets creative with fresh ingredients to offer flavors like Kimchi Pork, Goat Cheese Artichoke, and Chicken Curry. [by Douglas Habecker]

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Los Burgerittos

Los Burgerittos

Casey Sams: Los Burgerittos

3, Lane 236, MeiCun Rd, West Dist.
Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm (sometimes later on Fri/Sat)
0936-295-596
Delivery service available soon

After four years in Taiwan, American Casey Sams decided to put his love of cooking to good use and opened this alley food stand in late July. With kitchen/restaurant experience dating back to the age of 16 and two years of training in classic Greek cuisine, the Iowa state native is starting with the basics, offering regular and spicy burgers, quesadillas, and pork, chicken or beef tacos and burritos, which come with tortilla chips he fries himself. Casey also says vegetarian versions of his Mexican items that will soon be added. All food items are around NT$80 and there are soft drinks for NT$40. Any food-and-drink combination features a NT$10 discount on the drink. [by Douglas Habecker]

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Taichung Munchies

Jessica Hopkins and Rachel Neiman: Taichung Munchies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TaichungMunchies (menu is available there under 'notes')
Send a message to order (will deliver).

Run by two English teachers, American Jessica Hopkins and Canadian Rachel Neiman, Taichung Munchies offers frozen homemade Western food for customers to store and cook at a later date. While Taichung has many Western-style restaurants, there are relatively few options for cooking Western food at home, Hopkins says. "We're attempting to bridge that gap and make it easier for busy people to have good food at home," she explains. All dishes are handmade by the couple and can be heated up with a toaster oven, microwave or on a stove top. Their most popular items include Hangover Stew (NT$150 vegan, NT$200 for steak), Thanksgiving Dinner (NT$150) and Vegan Curried Carrot Soup (NT$125). They also offer desserts such as Dutch Apple Crisp (NT$150 vegan or vegetarian) and Biscones, part American-style biscuit and part English-style scone (NT$100 for three). [by Kassy Cho]

Taichung Munchies Taichung Munchies

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Belling's Butchery

Belling's Butchery

Kris Belling: Belling's Butchery

0917-701-776
krisbelling@yahoo.com
Free delivery for larger orders.

Growing up on a farm and working eight years as a butcher in his native Australia, it's no surprise that Kris Belling chose to go into the meat business in Taiwan, where he has lived for about 10 years. Inspired to do so about four years ago after dinner guests began stealing meat out of his fridge, Belling now has a thriving business producing "everything you can make out of dead animals" for individual customers and restaurants. He has about 30-40 products, although he can make just about anything on request. Among his sausage varieties, the very spicy Polish Cabanossi is a top-seller. Other favorites include Pancetta Italian bacon made from cured pork belly, and his ham which, he stresses, is proper ham and not the "mechanically-reclaimed meat" sold in most places. Kris now hopes to open a proper shop in Taichung soon. [by Douglas Habecker]

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Syrup Waffles

Chris H.: Syrup Waffles

Facebook: facebook.com/syrupwaffle
Location: iZhong St. in Yizhong St. Night Market
Hours: most afternoons 3-4 pm. to 10-11 pm.
0933-400-224
Delivery service available.

Dutchman Chris H. came to Taiwan three years ago when he got stuck in Pakistan on his way to India. He now lives in the mountains with his wife, selling Stroopwafels ('syrup waffles' in English) on YiZhong Street. Syrup waffles are made of two thin waffle-type wafers with a caramel-filled center. "Dutch people like very sweet things" he notes. For NT$10, customers can choose from chocolate, peanut butter, jam or even marshmallow fillings. "It's fun to sell things that people don't know about in Taiwan," H. says, adding that he is very recognizable because he often wears wigs and clogs when he is out selling syrup waffles. [by Kassy Cho]

Syrup Waffles

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