We love the ‘factual’ descriptions of dishes like Taiwanese three cup chicken, or San Bei Ji (三杯鸡). Quite literally chicken and a cup each of the three essential ingredients for the sauce (which is more like a syrup), namely sesame oil, dark soy sauce and rice wine, the flavors of this dish are enhanced further in a delightful marriage with ginger, garlic and basil. Originally from Jiangxi province, San Bei Ji is probably the most popular chicken dish in Taiwan and no two households, street food vendors, or restaurants make it the same way. So, does this mean you need to try a version in every destination in Taiwan? Probably! But mouthful and we’re pretty sure you won’t mind doing that.
Update: June 29, 2023