Taiwanese cooking

Ghost month party

In the seventh month of the lunar calendar, I remember my grandmother would always prepare a table of delicious food, and offer a meal to the ghosts. The ghosts or spirits included our family's ancestors, the gods of the land, and any other lesser ghosts that dwelled in the area – all were invited.

However, as a small child, I honestly had great doubts about this tradition. I watched very carefully, but I wasn't so sure if the ghosts and spirits really came to eat the meal. Every time, my grandmother would put all the food out nicely on the table, but as far as I could see there was no sign that the ghosts were eating it. In fact, it looked like it hadn't been touched at all.

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.

 

Taiwanese fast food: Lu rou fan

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When we were little, my mom was sometimes too busy to prepare our lunch. She would give us some money and tell us to eat at the Luroufan stand near our home.

We would be so glad to have the chance to eat out, especially Luroufan, because it was our favorite. My sisters and I would run to the Luroufan stand.

At lunch time, the shop were always busy, but the luroufan was usually served very quickly. Everything was prepared, so the waitress simply needed to spoon the sauce on top of the rice in the bowl, and bring it to us right away. We never needed to wait for long.

Taiwanese Stir-fried Dishes with Chinese translation

Authentic Taiwanese Stir-fried Dishes


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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

Scooter Diary: The City over The Mountain

September 5th, 2012: This morning, I unpacked my own Chinese tea set and went to sit in the guest house garden. I want to drink oolong tea on this sweet potato farm, and enjoy the view of Yangmingshan where my ancestors lived 100 years ago.

Taiwanese Cuisine: Extra virgin oils from the old days

Forty years ago, my family lived by the Tamshui river, where used to be the center of the city. I don't remember seeing any convenience stores or supermarkets. When my grandmother or my mother were cooking, and found out there wasn't any more oil in the tin, they usually sent the other kids or me to buy some oil from the nearby grocery store.

Taiwanese Cuisine: Stir-fried green vegetables vs salad – when 'hot' means 'cold'

Stir fried green vegetables dishes are among the most common elements of Chinese family cuisine. Just a few pieces of garlic, sauteed with a few tablespoons of oil, stir-fried with some green vegetables: this is the simplest home-style dish.

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