Hii! I’m Tiffany, a travel enthusiast who cooks too much according to modern standards.
I’m passionate about sharing food from home(Taiwan) with the world. There is so much about Taiwanese food- the people, the history and the stories. Hopefully CHOOCHOO-ca-CHEW will give you a little insight on what Taiwan is like through food. I’m recreating authentic recipes with local farmers market finds that you can easily recreate in your own kitchen!
I have a degree in fashion design and worked for Nike and Quiksilver as a window display designer/visual merchandiser but wanted to live a simpler life with less impact on our land. I want to go back to the basics, and what’s more basic and important than the food you eat every day? The society has become so fast paced, most have forgotten what’s truly important. I’m trying to slow down, be less stressed, live minimal, create less waste, and eat better.
I believe in healthy eating, but not by going vegan, gluten free, 100% organic or following trends, I believe in eating local, seasonal and making food from scratch. Eating local does not only support small independent businesses but also helps you eat seasonal and creates less waste! People are so used to buying pre-made food from stores, because it is “easier and faster” but all I see is the trash it creates and the marketing strategies that make people think junk food is “healthy”. Making food from scratch helps me learn what’s really in my food, I most likely won’t put things I don’t think I can eat in it, there are no chemical preservatives and it’s fresh so it taste better.
Why seasonal? Seasonal veggies and fruit are cheaper, tastier and contains less chemicals because they really don’t need them, it’s their season to grow! You get to try new things and will be eating a larger variety of food instead of sticking to the same foods all year, which is great for your body! The Chinese has always believed in treating your body with food, and it always tie in with the season.
When I’m not in my kitchen experimenting with old recipe books, I love trying new food! Not always a big fan of restaurants but I love those hole-in-the-wall places where you sit on a tiny short bench half squatting to eat. To me those are the true local experience(in Asia at least) and most of the time they have the most authentic flavors since it’s closest to what people really eat in a country, not just for tourists. I call these fun experiences “Chew on the Road“.
If you love traveling as much as I do, I’ve moved all my traveling adventures to a new site: WANDERWALL!! Make sure you check it out! <3
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Current Location: Rochester, MN
Taipei, Taiwan Khao Sok/ Koh Similans, Thailand Cat Ba/ Hanoi, Vietnam Kuala lumpur, Malaysia Kathmandu/ Pohkara/ Chitwan, Nepal Phnom Penh/ Siem Reap, Cambodia Hochimin/ Can Tho, Vietnam Hikkaduwa/ Trincomalee/ Colombo/ Kandy/ Ella/ Arugam Bay/ Negambo, Sri Lanka
台灣 泰國 河內, 越南 馬來西亞 尼泊爾 柬埔寨 胡志明, 越南 斯里蘭卡