Can you believe that in some places 3-year olds go to Chinese class? Crazy, huh? I’m learning along with the kids! But long rhymes when Chinese isn’t one’s first language can be intimidating and quite frankly not very interesting to a preschooler… So I cut out some felt pieces and sketched some animals on them … Continue reading Felt and Learning Chinese Rhymes: 一二三四五
This is my favorite Taiwanese dish of all time. The name refers to 3 cups of rice wine, sesame oil, and soy sauce. It took a while for me to find my favorite recipe – and it was at Serious Eats. I cook this all the time – to serve to parents, in-laws, and … Continue reading Recipe: Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji, 三杯雞)
I had an old friend come over for dinner on Friday, the same day I made the Five-Flavor Fish. I wasn’t sure how a ketchup-base sauce would turn out, AND I only had 2 fillets of fish left, so I decided to make another protein. So here we are – another meatless but protein-packed dish! … Continue reading Recipe: Pan-Fried Tofu with Date Sauce (Gan Mei Dou Fu -甘梅豆腐 )
Since Lent I’ve been trying to maintain at least a meatless dinner on Fridays (to keep some penitential aspect to the day). I’ve been making Caramelized Catfish Vietnamese style nearly every Friday until I ran out of the dark caramel sauce this week. I like simple poachIng or braising recipes for fish – it is … Continue reading Recipe: Braised Fish with Five-Flavor Sauce (Wu Wei Yu, 五味魚 )
Low maintenance recipes get me excited. Recipes that are low maintenance that can also be used for multiple meals are better. Sounds like spaghetti sauce? You’re right! This one is like a Taiwanese ragu!! One of the ingredients is fried shallots. My goodness – anything with fried shallots has to be delish! Whenever I … Continue reading Recipe #1: 魯肉麵 (Lu Ruo) (Pork Meat Sauce over Noodles)
I think I’ll have to make themes for certain days of the week to keep myself blogging regularly.. And I made something pretty mediocre for dinner tonight (not from the cookbook though!) so no food stuff today! Soo let fun fact Friday commence! 🙂 Since it is the first of May… Did you know that … Continue reading Fun Fact Friday #1
It has been a long time since I’ve blogged regularly. I was inspired to start a new blog after getting my new cookbook in the mail: The Food of Taiwan by Cathy Erway. Yes, YES! I’m totally ripping off Julie & Julia (the lady who blogs and cooks through Julia Child’s book). However I’m … Continue reading Hello world!