Upon first meeting Chen Po-Hsuan, he is calm and restrained yet his eyes show an unwavering will. As opposed to a sudden moment of brilliance, smoke from fireworks is long and winding. Chen Po-Hsuan took the reins of Golden Formosa a decade ago and relocated the restaurant to Tianmu East Road, completely revamping the interior and style. After overcoming many challenges through perseverance, he was able to infuse the authentic spirit of Golden Formosa’s dishes which have been passed down through 3 generations over the past 60 years.
The Insistence of a Master Chef
Behind the glory, Chen Po-Hsuan’s persistence and attention to detail can be observed from the spotless floor and stovetops in the kitchen, his prep requirements for each dish, and the years of experience accumulated from repetition. As a restauranteur, he treats his staff like friends and family. After receiving the honor of a Michelin star for 3 consecutive years, Chen Po-Hsuan confessed that the most important thing is encouraging his team. The award is a testimonial for the hard work put in by his young chefs and it gives them a sense of value and spiritual encouragement; furthermore, it pushes them to perform at a higher level because perfection does not exist in cuisine, only endless improvement.
The Simplest Pleasures of Life
Many of life’s hopes are hidden within a simple and earnest lifestyle. The hardships of the kitchen at one point caused Chen Po-Hsuan to collapse from aplastic anemia. A bone marrow transplant from his sister Chen Li-Li and the company of his wife made him learn to value and appreciate the people around him. Today, he’s learned to slow down and often states that the two things needed by people who work in kitchens are massage and rest.
Inheriting the Essence and Soul of Chinese Cuisine
Golden Formosa awakens the flavors from one’s memory. In addition to their signature deep fried pork ribs and Buddha’s Temptation, Chen Po-Hsuan has also created off-menu dishes such as abalone fried rice which showcases the growth of this cuisine even after three generations; it takes the form of a memory and presents itself as a passion for cooking. While the dishes inherited in Chinese cooking represent their respective eras, the changing of the times results in differences. The heritage of Chinese food culture must rely on restaurants that are simple and warm to gently depict the flavors of life.
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