Chefs from Taiwan visit Englewood

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English wasn’t the first language Sept. 15 as Englewood’s Twin Dragon Restaurant hosted the annual Colorado Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The guests of honor, Lin Shih Yu and Kai Tun Hsu, combined to win gold medals in a recent Taiwan cooking competition for chefs by creating their award-winning beef noodle soup.

Wendy Chao, publisher of the Asian Pacific Business Journal and the Colorado Chinese News, spoke to the group in Chinese and in English. She acknowledged the representatives of the Colorado Taiwan Business Association, the Asian Writers Association and the Colorado Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. She also said she was happy the two chefs could be at the meeting.

Through an interpreter, Kai Tun Hsu said this is the first visit to the United States for him and his fellow chef. He said plans are to visit 11 states, and the trip is going well so far.

“Our first impression when we got here is we love the United States to death,” he said.

The two chefs prepared the main dish for the dinner, the beef noodle soup. Lin Shih Yu said the ingredients were American but the style of cooking and the spices were Taiwanese. The beef was tender, the noodles traditional and the Taiwanese cooking style and spices created a spicy and tasty soup.

A sculpture carved from vegetables was a centerpiece for the dinner, and before the meal was served, Kai Tun Hsu displayed his artistry with a knife and assorted vegetables. He carved a bird from a cucumber, a ball from a squash and flowers from other vegetables.

Twin Dragon owner Shiou Yun Wang has offered the use of her restaurant annually for the event. Her son, Englewood Councilmember Joe Jefferson, acted as host and greeted all the visitors.

He also introduced Englewood Mayor Randy Penn.

“This is the third year I have attended this event and each year it is an adventure,” Penn said with a smile. “I thank you for coming to Englewood. We here in the city know the importance of a chamber of commerce and all the organization does for the business community.”

Chao said the group was glad to come to Englewood because the community welcomed the members of the Colorado Asian community.

“It is nice city officials like the mayor welcome us,” she said. “We like Englewood a lot and thank the city as well as Shiou and the Twin Dragon for hosting our event.”