I love food. I live to eat, not eat to live. Personally, I think Taiwanese food is near the top of the heap in Asia. It's light, and tasty and I love the flavors of chili, basil, garlic, cilantro and ginger...the one downside is that it can tend to run a bit sweet. While lacking some variety, the quality of product and seafood in Taiwan is really outstanding - and no where have I found the same quality of fruit. In the month that I've returned, I've been eating at restaurants that maybe I haven't been to in 20 years. Some are mere ghosts of what they used to be now that the second generation has taken over. Some are still stars....
When I was stationed in Singapore I made it a personal mission to visit every hawker center on the Island. In a year and a half, I think I got about 80% there. Great flavors, but a bit repetitive and not so subtle. Hong Kong probably had the worst food of anywhere - bland and overpriced...worse even than China. Maybe it was just too subtle for me. Thailand also has great food, but the Thai are food snobs and basically sniff at anything that's not Thai. Overall, I've been pleasantly surprised by Korean food and felt let down by Japanese food. Way too subtle for me.
Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation
"Lord, we ain't what we oughta be. We ain't what we want to be. We ain't what we gonna be. But, thank God, we ain't what we was."