There was a long-awaited gathering with some ex-colleagues tonight. When we used to work together, the core group of friends used to call ourselves "rice ball" or 飯糰/團 in Chinese. It's a play on words but reflects our common love of food, as we used to go out for lunch and sometimes dinner together.
Tonight we met at Golden Formosa (金蓬萊), a classic Taiwanese restaurant in my neighborhood. Despite being within walking distance from my parents' house, I've actually never been to this restaurant. They have recently moved to a new location nearby, and the new digs look much nicer.
We placed our order with our waitress, and the dishes started arriving almost immediately in quick succession. We had to tell them to stop sending us food as we ran out of space to put them on our small table.
It's been a while since I've had this soup. Tonight there was bamboo shoots, quail eggs, taro, conpoy, chestnuts, deep-fried pork, jujube... two small bowls was all I could handle since we had this near the end of the meal.
I must say that I had a really good time. It's been a while since I sat down to have traditional Taiwanese food, and it's always good to catch up with this group of hungry friends. I gotta come back to Taiwan more often...