History is written by our ancestors' struggle.
It's a place filled with warmth and hospitality left by our
Prestigious traditions passed down to one generation to another.
Share our culture and prosperity with the world.
This song is in the record sung by Miss Bai Bing-Bing in the
Taiwan GOGOGO records. It shares the same passion for Taiwan
as Howgi's Taiwan GOGOGO series of souvenirs. Miss Bai is also
a regular customer of Howgi. We interviewed her to know more
about her opinions on Howgi. A Flavor Missed in Childhood
Bai is a very frugal person.
Miss Bai began the interview with
a joke which broke the ice between us because she noticed that
we were very nervous about talking to a super star like her.
Then, we asked her how she first got to know Howgi. She told
us that Howgi serves traditional dishes of her generation. However,
because her family was really poor, she never got a chance to
taste any of those dishes. She dreamed that some day she'd
be able to enjoy those delicious dishes she couldn't have in
her childhood. Then a friend of hers introduced Howgi to her.
She finally had her dream come true here in Howgi! Besides,
since she is a very frugal person, she is particularly satisfied
with Howgi's fair price and delicious cuisines. That's how
she became a regular customer of Howgi. Impressed by Uncle Dong Gwa's
by Uncle Dong Gwa's Hospitality
Before Miss Bai came to Howgi,
she searched for information about Howgi online and discovered
that many food critic websites mentioned Howgi Tan-a-Mi. She
was even intrigued. Therefore she came to explore this restaurant
with her friends.
When she got to Howgi, she was first greeted by Uncle Dong Gwa.
Because She once had a TV commercial featuring Dong Gwa Tea
(white gourd tea), she felt a sense of cordiality with this
short loose-fitting guy like her. Besides a huge discount, Uncle
Dong Gwa also complimented her with some signature dishes. Thus,
Miss Bai not only fulfilled her childhood dream, but also relived
the hospitality of early Taiwanese society. Delicate Taiwanese Cuisines
Miss Bai told us that she
once wanted to eat the best oysters, she went all the way to
Wang-Gong fishing port in Changhwa county because this place
has the best oysters in Taiwan. However, after tasting the oysters
at Wang-Gong, she missed oysters of Howgi even more. Howgi uses
the best foodstuff from all around Taiwan and preserve its original
flavor with uncomplicated yet excellent culinary skill. Take
threadfin perch for example, which is probably Taiwanese people's
favorite kind of fish. On Howgi's plate, diners can still taste
its freshness. Howgi, Very Taiwanese
We asked Miss Bai about her feelings
towards Howgi. She commented that Howgi is very “Taiwanese”
that whenever she comes here, she feels at home. Not only do
Howgi's cuisines and interior design give away traditional
Taiwanese flavor, but also its genuine hospitality and fair
Nowadays, people are more utilitarian-oriented. Many unique
Taiwanese traditions are fading away. However, thanks to Howgi
for preserving this tradition. From Howgi's slangs, we can
tell its enthusiasm in maintaining the tradition. Balancing
between tradition and trend is such a dilemma. Howgi's proprietor
is carefully dealing with this dilemma with his wisdom. He successfully
established his business full of Taiwanese flavor and Taiwanese
spirit by presenting good food, preserving genuine flavor, making
friends with its customers, and most importantly, by his undying
insistence and enthusiasm toward Taiwan.
Music: Orphan Girl's Wish, Chen Fen-Lan, Our Songs, Taiwanese
Songs, Golden Penguin Records
by the Tan-a-Mi-philes ,Taipei Municipal Xi-Hu Elementary School, Taipei,
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