East meets west in Newton Stewart

The city of Taipai
The city of Taipai

A delegation of visitors from the city of Taipai will visit this area this weekend as part of a cultural tour that will hopefully lead to business links between Galloway and Taiwan.

One of the highlights for the 20-strong delegation will be a diplomatic lunch, with a decidedly Scottish theme in

The Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart. The menu, prepared by head chef Ian Shankland, consists of:

Fresh cream of Drummore Tattie Soup - made with the earliest new potatoes in Scotland from the Rhins of Galloway.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Balls - a signature dish of the Galloway Arms Hotel (circa 1750) - haggis in batter with a “secret” sauce as told to Captain James MacKinnon by a fleeing Prince Charlie as payment for passage to Skye.

Garleston crab cakes straight from a local Galloway fishing boat based at Garleston - warm crab cakes on a bed of green salad.

Aberdeen Skirlie stuffed Chicken Breast - fresh breast of Grampian chicken with Aberdeen skirlie stuffing accompanied by potatoes, chips and two fresh local vegetables.

Tea and coffee with The Belted Galloway’s own freshly made Scottish tablet and dairy fudge.

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan, an island off the east coast of China. It is officially governed by the Republic of China but is independent from the People’s Republic of China on the mainland. During the latter half of the 20th century, Taiwan experienced rapid economic growth and industrialisation and is now an advanced industrial economy. The country is one of the Four Asian Tigers and a member of the WTO and APEC. The 19th-largest economy in the world, its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy.

Taipai is home to a population of over 2,600,000.