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Soy paste: Key to Taiwanese cuisine

What is soy paste?

Soy taste is one of the essential tastes of Taiwanese cuisine. It is salty and sweet, and the texture is thick. The consistency is similar to oyster sauce. This strong flavor strongly influences Taiwanese cooking, and it is one of most widely used ingredients.

When a Taiwanese person has no idea how to flavor a dish, the most common solution is to flavor the dish with soy paste. For example: When Taiwanese cook tofu and green vegetables, chicken, pork, seafood, very often they serve it with soy paste, garlic and some cilantro.

For stir fried dishes, soy paste is added during cooking, at the same time as adding soy sauce. For other dishes, soy paste is usually added after cooking is complete.

Soy paste is commonly used on stir-fried dishes, sauces, noodles, and street food.

In the morning market

I sometimes hear the mushroom sellers telling their customers: “It's simple – just stir-fry the mushrooms and flavor them with soy paste, garlic and chili.”

Want to use roasted sesame oil for cooking? Don't do it!


Roasted sesame oil smells wonderful, but it's not suitable for cooking. The very high temperatures used in cooking burn the oil and turn its lovely fragrance into an unpleasant smell. However you use this oil, don't add it to food until the cooking is complete.

Here are few suggestions how to use sesame oil:


Vinaigrette

The typical ingredients for vinaigrette are usually extra virgin olive oil, with balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar. You can just replace the extra virgin olive oil with white sesame oil. For example: Tomato salad with sesame oil dressing

Stir-fried dishes

If you like to add sesame oil to stir-fried dishes, it's best to add the oil to the dishes when cooking is complete, and then quickly turn off the heat to avoid burning the oil.

Taiwanese Stir-fried Dishes with Chinese translation

Authentic Taiwanese Stir-fried Dishes


You can take this page to restaurants to help you order. Just point to the dishes you want. Please see this article for more information about restaurants where you can get these dishes.


Vegetarian dishes

紅燒豆腐 Stir-Fried Tofu In Soy Sauce

炒青菜 Stir-Fried Vegetables

燙青菜 Boiled Vegetables

清炒絲瓜 Stir-Fried Loofah with Garlic

Black beans stir-fried with chives (Flies heads)

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons of cooking oil

2 big shiitake mushroom, diced (1 cup)

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