Recently, the Ministry of Interior’s social media editor has been caught in a fierce controversy after posting a bowl of his “pearl noodles” on Facebook.
Not only did the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) condemn the dish as an insult to Taiwan’s world-famous tapioca pearls, even Minister of the Interior Xu Guoyong could not believe editor had indulged in such a strange combination.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the “Pearl Noodle” dish can be made with very few ingredients: instant noodles and pearls. After finishing a cup of pearl milk tea, those who hope to make the noodle dish can use their leftover pearls to add into instant noodles. The result is slightly softer tapioca pearls matched with hot, savory noodles.
The editor also mentioned that the strange dish could also be used in games such as “rock, paper, scissors, shot,” where the loser must finish the bowl of “Pearl Noodles.”
The official release of the “Pearl Noodle” recipe triggered an aggressive debate among Taiwanese residents defending the proper use of tapioca pearls. Hsu Kuoyung (徐國勇), the Minister of the Interior, said in a message, “one more minute and there will be less damage, but the editor, please come upstairs and see me.”
The former President of the Legislative Yuan, Wang Jin-ping’s (王金平) fan group also commented on the situation, saying, “Don’t play with pearls like this.” While Chen Qi-mai (陳其邁), the deputy dean of the Executive Yuan, claimed that “this is the first time I have wanted to post my anger towards the Ministry of Interior.”
Executive Director Su Tseng-chang(蘇貞昌) agreed to Chen Qi-mai’s statement, adding that “I don’t have bad a temper, but I really am going to be angry.”
The DDP also criticized the combination by claiming that “as a ruling party, we must severely condemn this act of insulting pearls.”
However, the Environmental Protection Agency of the Executive Yuan joked about the controversy, saying “thank you the Ministry of Interior for demonstrating the use of chopsticks to eat pearls. Who said they must be eaten through a straw.”
The “Pearl Noodle” dish has now become a popular trend among Taiwanese. After three hours of being online, the strange combination has received attention from over 20,000 people.