MOVIES and FOOD 2015

May 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

One of the top five movies for this year should be The Water Diviner

One of the top five movies for this year should be The Water Diviner

 

 

Shark fin soup - top of the list.  About US $ 65 (Cantonese restaurant).

Shark fin soup – top of the list. About US $ 65
(Cantonese restaurant).

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CANTONESE RESTAURANT – Taipei

October 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Two types of poultry. Dragon Restaurant.

Two types of poultry. Dragon Restaurant.

 

 

 

Cantonese duck could be promising.

Cantonese duck could be promising.

 Dragon Restaurant is off Nanjing Road East   (02) 2563 9293

Dragon Restaurant is off Nanjing Road East (02) 2563 9293

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  Dragon Restaurant

Best tasting prawns possible.  Helped by XO sauce.  On the menu it was a scallops dish which they kindly swapped the scallops for prawns.

Best-tasting prawns possible. Helped by XO sauce. On the menu it was a scallops dish – on the head waiter’s suggestion they swapped the scallops for prawns. (Dragon Restaurant)

Brother Hotel has several restaurants within, including a  Cantonese style one.

Brother Hotel has several restaurants within, including a Cantonese style one.

ANTI-SHARK FIN LAWS

July 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Legal shark fining example video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPFioJeMRO8

Briefly:
1. Ocean fishing fleet fishermen would prefer to bring home marlin, swordfish, tuna – high value products.
2. Sharks take the baits intended for tuna, marlin, on long lines.
3. Sharks, hooked and unable to swim, drown. Found dead in perhaps 90% of the time.
4. What to do with dead sharks? Throw them away and save freezer space?
5. Many countries, under international pressure now make fishermen bring whole sharks home, fins attached, if they wish to profit from shark fins.
6. Shark meat is processed into fake-fish products. i.e. crab sticks, and ‘surimi’ which may contain shark.
7. Shark fins are a bonus, removed from the accidently caught catch while seeking higher grade fish. Should the dead shark and fins be dumped?
8. A solution perhaps – a long line bait is being trialed, that is hoped to be unpalatable to sharks but not tuna or marlin.
9. Fake shark fin soup exists in cheap restaurants.
10. Should fisherman in a third world country on a meagre existence be stopped from benefiting from the sale of a small number of fins that may help support a poor family?
11. Powerful international environmental groups promote a policy of ‘all sharks being endangered’while seeking donations. ‘Only 500 Grey nurse sharks left’ (in the world)?, or an apex predator is endangered (before learning the species is migratory) or that killer whales kill large sharks.

13. At an international Shark Conference a conclusion reached after three days “We (the scientists) must communicate more often with shark fishermen for their ‘in the wild’ information and experiences.

14. Banning ‘shark fin soup’ in restaurants would be cosmetic only. It may take a listing off the English menu yet still available in the Chinese edition or upon request.

Comments welcome?

 

 

 

 

 

APPLIES EVERYWHERE

Any Taiwanese national who breaks provisions of the new law elsewhere in the world will still be subject to punishment in Taiwan

From: http://www.taipeitimes.com Wednesday, Dec 03, 2008

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed the Statute Governing Investment and Management of Non-Taiwanese Fishing Boats, which prohibits anyone from investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats without a permit from the agricultural authorities

Those who make such an investment without first obtaining a permit may be fined between NT$300,000 (US$8,950) and NT$1.5 million.

Under the new law, authorities will also be able to investigate any fishing irregularities by requiring fishing boat investors to present investment details.

Any Taiwanese national found to be involved in fish laundering ― an illegal act to cover up overfishing ― could be jailed from six months to three years and fined up to NT$30 million, while those entering the fishing business overseas without a permit may be sentenced to three years in prison and fined up to NT$10 million.

Those who commit these offenses abroad are subject to punishment in Taiwan, even if the acts are legal where they take place. Violators’ catch and equipment will also be confiscated.

The bill also includes a resolution urging the Council of Agriculture and the Fisheries Agency to engage in international negotiations for a “buffer zone” so the local fishing industry can gradually adjust the average size of its tuna catch.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas sanctioned the nation’s deep-sea fishing industry in 2004 and 2005 for dodging the fishing limits by investing in non-Taiwanese fishing boats.

A visit to Dihua Street in Taipei is very interesting.  Herbal medicines and foods galore.  All very entertaining.

Bamboo cat sharks and a carpet shark.  All three are often seen in restaurant aquarium tanks in Taiwan. I do not advise eating shark but these smaller species would be acceptable. The carpet sharks have white meat but all sharks excrete their urine into their blood as a method of maintaining an essential salt balance.  If blood is not quickly released from a caught shark the urine taints the flesh.  This should not be a problem in Taiwan were food handling is professional but a good  tip for amateur fishermen.


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