Recipes

Pumpkin and mushroom pocket

1. Preparing dumpling dough

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup hot water, ½ cup cold water.
Instructions
Pour the hot water into the flour and use the chopsticks to mix well. Then pour the cold water into the mixture. Knead the dough until it's elastic and smooth, which will take about 20 minutes. Then cover the dough with a wet tea-towel. Leave for 20 minutes.

Roll the dough until it is 3cm (about 1 inch) thick, then cut it 3cm x 3cm pieces.

Sweet sticky dumpling balls


When a couple are getting married in Taiwan, the bride's family, neighbors, and friends traditionally get together to make small dumplings from sticky rice. During the engagement and wedding celebrations, the bride's family serve the sticky dumplings to everyone who visits them. The dumplings aren't flavored, but they're usually served with a sweet soup (or sweetened in some other way).

How to make sweet sticky dumpling balls

Preparing the sticky rice dough

Ingredients

3 cups of glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour)
1¼  cup of water

Instructions

1. Mix all the sticky rice flour with the water to make dough
2. Put 10% of the dough into boiling water, and cook for about 2 minutes.
3. Put the the cooked dough back together with the remaining uncooked sticky rice dough.
4. Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic.
5. Allow the dough to rest for about half an hour.

Taiwanese cuisine basic ingredients

Taiwanese cuisine basic ingredients


1. Ginger 薑
2. Garlic 大蒜
3. Green onion 青蔥
4. Coriander 香菜
5. Fresh chili 辣椒
6. Salt 鹽
7. Sugar : refined sugar 白糖, rock sugar 冰糖, black sugar 黑糖
8. Soy sauce 醬油,Soy paste 醬油膏,black bean sauce 黑豆醬油
9. White vinegar 白醋, Black vinegar 黑醋
10. Rice wine 米酒
11. Cooking oil 油

Toasted eggplant with 5 flavors sweet and sour sauce

Dressing Ingredients

4 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic
1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger
1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
1 teaspoon freshly chopped chili (optional)


Cooking Ingredients

3 long, slender purple eggplants


Instructions

1. Mix all the ingredients well. You can adjust the amounts slightly to taste, and find out the balance of ingredients you prefer.
2. Chop the eggplants into sections 4cm long, and then carefully slice each piece into two halves lengthwise. Soak the chopped eggplants in 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 cups of water for about 2 hours.
3. Drain away the salty water from the eggplant. Cook the eggplant in the toaster oven or oven with 220C, for about 15 minutes, or until they are cooked.

Toased mushrooms with Taiwanese ginger dressing

Dressing Ingredients

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon white sesame oil
1 tablespoon mashed ginger
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
1 teaspoon chopped chili (optional)

Cooking Ingredients

200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, chopped into quarters
200g fresh king oyster mushrooms, chopped 1.5cm length

Instructions

1. Mix all the ingredients well. You can adjust the amounts slightly to taste, and find out the balance of ingredients you prefer.
2. Cook the chopped mushrooms in the toaster oven or oven at 220C for about 15 minutes, or until they are cooked.
3. Mixed the toasted mushrooms with the Taiwanese ginger dressing well. Allow it to set for about 30 minutes, then it's ready to serve. Garnish with some sesame seeds if you like.

 

Spicy with sweet and sour sauces

Sweet and sour sauce

4 tablespoons vinegar, 4 tablespoons sugar, and 3 tablespoons soy sauce. Mix well.


Fresh spicy sweet and sour sauce

Freshly chopped chili, 1 teaspoon

Freshly chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon

Freshly chopped green onion, 1 teaspoon

Hot and sour soup

Broth Ingredients

500 ml water
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of salt

Soup Ingredients

½ cup of grated carrot
1 cup of golden mushroom
1 cup of shiitake mushroom
1 cup of wood ear fungus, cut into long strips
½ cup of tofu, cut into long strips

Home made apple and pineapple vinegar

Ingredients

Apple 500g

Pineapple 500g

Rice vinegar 2000ml

Crystal sugar or honey 500g

Apple and pineapple: rice vinegar: crystal sugar=1:2:0.5 ratio

 

Instructions

1. Wash the fruit under the tap throughly, and then wash it with drinking water again.

Taiwanese dressing

Ingredients

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon white sesame oil

Sticky Rice (You Fan)

Ingredients

2 cups sticky rice, cleaned
1.4 cups water

4 tablespoons cooking oil or black sesame oil
3 tablespoons of chopped ginger
12 small shiitake mushroom, cubed
1 cup brown tofu, cubed
1 cup peanut, cooked

5 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon white pepper
salt to taste

Cook

1. Cook the rice with the water in a rice cooker.

2. Flavor the oil with ginger, shiitake mushroom for about 10 minutes, at a medium heat.

3. Add the brown tofu and peanuts, cook for 5 minutes.

4. Pour in the rest of the seasonings.

5. Blend in the cooked sticky rice, and mix all well.

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