Speciality dog treats turn Taipei into canine heaven
By Channel NewsAsia’s Taiwan Correspondent Ken Teh
TAIPEI : It was not long ago that dogs featured on the menus of some restaurants in Taiwan.
But these days “dog dishes” have taken on a whole new meaning as our correspondent digs into some delicacies just for canines.
Little ‘Kang Kang’ is on a hunt for something to beat the summer heat and not surprisingly, the little Maltese makes a beeline for the latest canine treat to hit Taiwan.
Take some water, stir in the powder, chuck the mixture into the freezer and soon enough it is a doggie ice-cream!
Imported from Japan, the icy treat comes in four flavours specially made to suit canine taste-buds.
Hollis Chen, President, Taiwan Champion Pet Products, said: “Dog ice cream is made from whipped cream, potato flakes and glucose. It won’t melt, not like normal ice cream and it is very smooth and delicious, you can try it later!”
The dogs are absolutely in love with it!
With a growing range of speciality dog treats, Taiwan is fast becoming a canine haven.
Has your dog lost its appetite?
Try giving it some herbal essence of chicken for dogs or perk up his biscuits with doggie steak sauce!
All across Taipei, restaurants and cafes offering fine canine dining have sprung up.
On the menu – French cuisine and Italian pasta with fancy prices to match.
But Taiwanese dog lovers seem more than happy to splurge on their four legged pals.
Cody Wang, Doggy House Manager, said: “Many people feel a kind of emptiness in just going to work. As pets are like a ‘balm for the soul’, the pet industry is really growing.”
Doggy House looks more like a high-end boutique cum spa than a pet shop.
Here, pampered pooches can sniff out new clothes or enjoy a manicure before tucking into a meal.
Stuffed with culinary delights, what’s next for Taiwan’s spoilt canines?
A much-needed workout in one of the island’s new doggie pools, of course! – CNA/ch