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Hong Kong protesters revolutionize Taiwan restaurant scene

They promote fusion cuisine and political liberalism as exiles

Slogans and paintings depicting the Hong Kong protests cover the wall at Protection Umbrella, a restaurant in Taipei opened by Hong Kong anti-government protesters. (Photo by Rik Glauert)

TAIPEI -- On the walls of Protection Umbrella, a restaurant opened by Hong Kong anti-government protesters in a quiet neighborhood in Taipei, there are paintings of young protesters wearing goggles and hard hats, clashing with lines of police firing tear gas -- images that embody last year's political upheaval.

The diners, some chatting in Hong Kong's Cantonese Chinese rather than the Mandarin widely spoken in Taiwan, tuck into plates of Hong Kong-style French toast -- deep-fried eggy bread with peanut butter in the middle, heavy with syrup and a square of butter on top -- which is a staple of a traditional Hong Kong cha chaan teng, or tea restaurant.

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