Ethan: What's Taiwanese food like? Laura: It's very different from the kind of Chinese food that you're used to eating in the West. Ethan: I suppose there are different types of cooking due to all of the different ethnic groups in Taiwan. Laura: Yes. The indigenous people, Hakka, and Taiwanese all have their own cuisine. They've probably influenced each other as well. Ethan: Are there any special dishes? Laura: Every city has its own special dishes, but if you mean throughout the whole island, there are lots. For example, beef noodles can be found everywhere. Ethan: And what are these steamed dumplings that I keep hearing about? Laura: They are dumplings stuffed with pork and green onion and they are very juicy inside. When you have a bite, the soup inside usually bursts out. So they're also called "soup dumplings." Ethan: What kinds of drinks are popular on the island? Laura: Oolong tea is Taiwanese people's favorite tea. Tea is not just a drink, but also a part of the culture. Ethan: Does Taiwan produce its own tea? Laura: Taiwan probably produces some of the best quality tea in the world. The mountainous terrain and climate here are good for growing tea.