Ethan: You know, it's a little strange. If people aren't asking if I've already eaten, they're inquiring about whether I'm full or not. What gives? Laura: I think they're being polite. As you know, Taiwanese people love their food. There's even an old Chinese saying that goes "for people, food is paramount." Ethan: With all the delicious Chinese restaurants around the world, this isn't too surprising. Why are they so interested in food? Laura: Some people say it's because Chinese people feared not getting enough food to feed their families in ancient times. Ethan: I suppose there were lots of famines back then, eh? Laura: Famines, droughts, and wars. Any of these disasters could leave people hungry. This made rice very important. Ethan: Sounds like the way the Irish feel about potatoes. Potatoes were their main food. As long as you had potatoes, you could survive. Laura: That's right. Chinese people also associated rice and food with prosperity. Rich people could eat as much as they wanted. Ethan: So, even in modern Taiwan where everyone has enough to eat, people still think this way about food. Laura: That's right. Ethan: Do Taiwanese people have rice with every single meal? Laura: They do, more or less. Whether they're at home or attending a fancy banquet, rice goes with pretty much everything. Ethan: So, all of the main Chinese styles are available in Taiwan? Laura: Yes, that's why it's a great place for food lovers! You can also find various kinds of foreign food in the big cities, such as Thai, Vietnamese, French, and Indonesian cuisine.