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Cabbage Stir-fry with Ham (or Bacon) | 火腿炒高麗菜 (1/6/2018) - Cabbage stir-fry with bacon is a popular kid-friendly veggie dish in Taiwan. But since I’ve still got about 3lbs of leftover ham in the fridge from Christmas, I’ve replaced the bacon with ham. It’s fast and easy but full of flavor. Slightly smoky, savory with […]
Crunchy Potato Stir-fry with Vinegar | 醋溜土豆絲 (12/21/2017) - Potato stir-fry with vinegar is a very special dish- the crunchy potato strips combined with the sour, almost overpowering vinegar packed with a little heat and topped with freshly grounded Szechuan pepper to give it a little extra kick. It’s a delicious side dish that […]
20170905.Cucumber-Salad-with-Sesame-Dressing-麻醬涼拌小黃瓜Resize-4.jpg Cucumber Salad with Sesame Dressing | 麻醬涼拌小黃瓜 (9/5/2017) - A 5-minute cucumber salad to use up those gorgeous cucumbers from the farmers market! Nutty, flavorful yet refreshing, a great side dish to noodle or rice dishes.
Dan Bing with Cheese and Ham (Taiwanese Pancake with Egg) | 火腿蛋餅 (12/28/2017) - Dan bing is a popular and fast breakfast item in Taiwan. It resembles a thin tortilla with eggs and your choice of filling wrapped up in one. There are two main kinds of dan bing, one’s made with a pancake like mixture and the other […]
Easy Dumpling Wrapper | 簡單水餃皮 (11/20/2017) - Here’s a recipe for those who wants to make some delicious dumplings from scratch but don’t know where to get dumpling wrapper(or too lazy to walk out the door because it’s too cold out<-ME). Just like the simple noodles, all you need is 3 ingredients […]
20171031.Easy-Homemade-Noodles-簡單手工麵_Resize.jpg Easy Homemade Noodles | 簡單手工麵 (10/31/2017) - Noodles is actually a lot easier to make than you might expect. Especially the traditional Asian noodles, there’s usually only 3 ingredients: flour, salt and water. You’ll need about 15 mins to roll these out and the best part is that they freeze well! Make […]
Easy Homemade Soy Milk | 簡單自製豆漿 (1/9/2018) - Soy milk making is as easy as soy bean and water. Some soaking, a bit of boiling and the result is sweet, thick and flavorful. The best part is that it’s cheap to make and you get to pick your own beans and it’ll have […]
08 - 20170811.Eggplant-Stir-fry-with-Basil-塔香茄子Resized-2.jpg Eggplant Stir-fry with Basil | 塔香茄子 (8/11/2017) - This savory, squishy eggplant dish spiced with lots of garlic and Thai basil is a classic stir-fry in Taiwan. Restaurants usually deep fry the eggplant to retain it’s magical deep purple color, continue reading to find out ways to keep the gorgeous purple without all […]
Fried Rice with Ham (or Bacon) | 火腿炒飯 (12/26/2017) - Fried rice made with ham or bacon is a popular item at any shop that serves fried rice. It’s a great way to clean out the fridge for moms and kids love them because it’s super tasty. There are secrets to making a fluffy, not […]
Glutinous Rice Ball from Scratch (Tang Yuan) | 自製糯米漿湯圓 (12/22/2017) - Glutinous rice ball, also known as 湯圓 (tang1yuan2), is a delicious soft mochi type of dessert (or savory meal) originated in China. This recipe takes you back to the basics, starting from scratch with the most basic ingredient- glutinous rice, also called sticky rice. 湯圓(Tangyuan) […]
Gyoza with Crisp Skirt | 冰花煎餃 (12/30/2017) - Gyoza fried to crispy perfection with flavorful crisp skirt and juicy filling that’s not only a pleasure to your palate but also gorgeous to look at. Using frozen or fresh dumplings, gyoza great as a appetizer or a full meal, a great alternative to the […]
Homemade Yuba Tofu Skin | 簡單自製豆皮 (1/11/2018) - Tofu skin is a great alternative to the same old tofu. It’s got a firm but soft texture unlike the spongy tofu. It’s sweeter, more flavorful, and concentrated. Serve with a little soy sauce and it becomes a easy and tasty side dish. Making tofu […]
MALA BEEF NOODLES | 麻辣牛肉乾拌麵 (11/10/2017) - A bowl of spicy noodles mixed with big chunky pieces of beef from TAIWANESE BRAISED TOMATO BEEF NOODLE SOUP. The ingredients are basic and simple, great way to use up your leftover braised beef, and the Szechuan peppers from homemade MALA HOT SAUCE brings this dish together […]
08 - 20170803.Mala-Hot-Sauce秘製淑油麻辣醬Resized-3.jpg Mala Hot Sauce | 秘製淑油麻辣醬 (8/3/2017) - 中文在下面–> This recipe was passed down by my grandpa and probably from grandpa of his. It is quite different from most hot sauces you find in the supermarkets, this sauce gives a tingly feeling in your mouth due to the Szechuan Peppers and it is super […]
Mom’s Special Vegan Dumplings | 家傳純素水餃 (1/15/2018) - Chinese new year is almost here and in my family we have the tradition of eating vegan dumplings when the clock strikes 12 on new years day. My mom is known for her special homemade vegan dumplings. It’s filled with lots of veggies, and she […]
Pork and Cabbage Dumplings | 高麗菜豬肉水餃 (11/22/2017) - Who doesn’t love dumplings? This dumpling is filled with juicy pork and sweet, flavorful cabbage! Cabbages from Rochester Downtown Farmers Market are super tasty and they keep well in the fridge.Tips on how to make your pork fillings extra juicy included.
10 - 20171009.Pumpkin-Stir-fry-with-Salted-Egg-鹹蛋炒南瓜_Resize-4.jpg Pumpkin Stir-fry with Salted Egg |鹹蛋炒南瓜 (10/9/2017) - It’s sweet, it’s savory, it has a unique flavor but it’s super tasty! Great way to use up those pumpkins that’s everywhere right now. Welcome to fall, Taiwanese style 🙂
Simple Kohlrabi Tossed Salad | 涼拌大頭菜 (11/27/2017) - Sweet, spicy, sour, crunchy and the air is filled with the scent of sesame oil and garlic. This dish is sure to freshen up any heavy meal. Kohlrabi is one of those rare and delicious veggie that’s found at Rochester Downtown Farmers Market during the […]
Soft Braised Eggs | 超簡單溏心蛋 (11/8/2017) - Do you love soft boiled egg? How about one with tons of flavor? Salty, savory, sweet and flavorful. It is tasty for breakfast, looks unbelievable on a bowl of noodles and a great side dish to any meal. Super simple and easy recipe, but never […]
Spinach Stir-fry with Garlic | 蒜炒菠菜 (12/12/2017) - Garlic stir-fried veggie is the basic of the basic in Taiwanese/Chinese cooking. Sweet, tender spinach with pungent, flavorful garlic that fills the air with aroma in under ten minutes. In the season that lacks green veggies at the farmers market, there was some gorgeous spinach […]
20171102.Taiwanese-Braised-Tomato-Beef-Noodle-Soup-番茄紅燒牛肉麵_Resize-4.jpg TAIWANESE BRAISED TOMATO BEEF NOODLE SOUP | 番茄紅燒牛肉麵 (11/2/2017) - Beef noodles has become one of the most iconic Taiwanese dishes over the time and a favorite of many Taiwanese. The essence of beef noodles lies in the fragrant soup, soft and tender chunks of beef and bouncy noodles. Braised beef noodle soup is only […]
Taiwanese Dumpling Soup | 紅燒湯餃 (12/19/2017) - The combination of some hearty dumplings stuffed with cabbage and pork, or any other flavor of your choice floating in a bowl of hot, flavorful soup. It is sensational. If beef noodle soup tastes like heaven, this dumpling soup really brings it home.
20171018.Taiwanese-Pickle-Meatloaf-瓜子肉_Resize.jpg Taiwanese Pickle Meatloaf | 瓜子肉 (10/18/2017) - With four ingredients and 15 mins, you can create a wonderful savory dish we call the “rice killer”, because it is so good that it will make you eat more!
20171016.Taiwanese-Soy-and-Vinegar-Pickled-Cucumber臺式醬瓜_Resize-5.jpg Taiwanese Soy and Vinegar Pickled Cucumber|臺式醬瓜 (10/16/2017) - A popular pickle recipe in Taiwan, it is fast and simple to make. Salty, crunchy, sweet and slightly sour, Taiwanese love eating these pickles with congee or turn them into a variety of savory dishes. Try this 4-ingredient recipe before the cucumbers are gone!
Taiwanese Turkey and Rice | 嘉義火雞肉飯 (11/24/2017) - Leftover turkey from thanksgiving? I’ve got your back! This is something completely different from your regular turkey meal and it’s simple to make but never lack of flavor. Asian street food style turkey and rice will help you eat up all that turkey because it’s […]
09 - 20170913.San-Bei-Chicken-三杯雞_Resize-4.jpg Three Cup Chicken (San-bei Ji) | 三杯雞 (9/13/2017) - A Taiwanese classic. Savory, flavorful but easy to make. A great main dish to serve with rice! The best part about this recipe is the method can be used for not only chicken but tofu, mushrooms, seafood and if you’re daring, frogs!
20170824.Toasted-White-Sesame-Paste-自製現磨麻醬Resize-3.jpg Toasted White Sesame Paste | 自製現磨麻醬 (8/24/2017) - Similar but different than tahini, this paste has a much stronger flavor from the toasted white sesame.
Tomato Beef Gravy over Rice | 番茄牛肉燴飯 (12/5/2017) - Soft and tender beef with the sweetness of cabbage and tomatoes with a smooth, flavorful and slightly gooey gravy served over rice. Tomato beef gravy over rice is easy to make especially if you have a pot of braised beef already made up, it will […]
20170906.Tomato-Scrambled-Eggs-Taiwanese-Style-台式番茄炒蛋Resize-2.jpg Tomato Scrambled Eggs Taiwanese Style | 台式番茄炒蛋 (9/6/2017) - Tomato Scrambled Eggs is a sweet and sour dish using ingredients that’s already in the fridge! This is a Taiwanese family favorite since it increases everyone’s appetite(especially kids) and a great side to your lunch box.
20171014.Vegetarian-Mapo-Tofu蔬食麻婆豆腐_Resize-5.jpg Vegetarian Mapo Tofu|蔬食麻婆豆腐 (10/14/2017) - A vegetarian or vegan version of the classic Szechuan dish with all the flavor but none the meat. Even if you’re meat lover, you probably won’t even miss the meat with this recipe! Keep on reading to find out how this famous dish got it’s name!
20171105.Vegetarian-Radish-Cake-from-Scratch-自製米漿素食蘿蔔糕_Resize-3.jpg Vegetarian Radish Cake from Scratch | 自製米漿素食蘿蔔糕 (11/5/2017) - This recipe is unlike most radish(or turnip) cake recipes out there. It brings everything back to the basics, all you need is long grain rice, radishes, carrots(for color), salt and white pepper for seasoning. The flavor of the rice and the radish really shines through, […]
20170816.Vietnamese-Iced-Yogurt-Coffee-Recipe越南優格咖啡Resized-3.jpg Vietnamese Yogurt Coffee | 越南優格咖啡 (8/16/2017) - Yep, you read it right, Vietnamese yogurt coffee. It sounds weird but it is absolutely amazing. Great for mornings if you don’t have time for breakfast too. :p