The Sister Cities agreement between Marrickville and Keelung, Taiwan was signed in April 1989.
The sister city relationship with Keelung has been very active since its establishment and there have number of cultural exchanges and visiting delegations and cultural groups, as well as an International Artists' Exchange Program.
Keelung is located in the northeast of Taiwan, which is an island located off the southeast coast of China. It is northern Taiwan's largest harbour city.
Its nickname is ‘The Rainy Port', as it frequently rains there.
Keelung's most famous festival is its annual Ghost Festival, which is held during July. On the first day of the seventh lunar month, the shrine doors at Keelung's Laodagong Temple are opened to invite the ghosts from the underworld to enjoy gifts offered by the living. Incense and candles are burnt for 12 days of the Festival, and water lanterns are released into the sea on the fourteenth day.
The shrine doors are closed on the first day of the eighth lunar month, symbolising the ghosts' return to the underworld and the end of the Festival.
Keelung's Miaokou Night Market has more than 200 food stalls and is well known for its delicacies, including soup, fried chicken, desserts, and especially seafood.
1. Soak noodles in boiling water, then strain in a colander. Take care not to overcook.
2. Fry garlic in a pan, then add pork mince and five spice powder. Fry the spice to enhance the flavour.
3. Add mushrooms and soy sauce, then a pinch of sugar and enough water to cover the meat. Cover and simmer for about 50 minutes before adding the onions for a further 10 minutes.
4. In a wok, heat some oil to a high heat and lightly stir fry the spring onions, then add the carrot sticks. Add additional soy sauce and a cup of boiling water.
5. Add noodles and toss through the mixture in the wok.
6. Add bean shoots and garlic chives. Toss together and serve on a large plate. Pour meat sauce over the noodles and garnish with coriander leaves.
Keelung used to be called Jilong, which means ‘hencoop' in Chinese. Keelung means ‘rich and prosperous land'.