Taiwanese food

Tomato salads with sesame oil dressing

Sesame oil is very often used in Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean cooking. But this recipe is based on a very common Italian dressing, just replacing the olive oil with white sesame oil.

Salad ingredients

2 or 3 medium size tomato, sliced
½ cup of zucchini or cucumber, sliced
½ cup of basil leaves
¼ lime, sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Sesame oil dressing ingredients

1 tablespoon white sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
½ teaspoon salt


Instructions

1. Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
2. Make the sesame oil dressing with the white sesame oil, vinegar, salt.
3. Pour the sesame oil dressing on the salad, and toss well, and it's ready to serve.

Chives and water chestnuts dumplings: Guo Tie, Zhēng jiǎo & Shuǐjiǎo

1. Preparing dumpling dough

Ingredients

3 cups of 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, it will take about 20 minutes, then cover the dough with a wet tea-towel. Leave for 20 minutes.

Roll the dough until it is 1.5cm (just under ½ inch) thick. Then cut it 1.5cm x 1cm pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball shape. Flatten the ball into a round shape which is 6-7cm (2½ inches) wide.

2. Preparing dumpling filling

Ingredients

Chives 600g, water chestnut 400g, fresh shiitake mushroom 600g, 2 bunches of dry glass noodles

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.

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

What is the most popular dish in Taiwan?
What is a typical Taiwanese dish?


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

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: Extra virgin sesame oils

People who enjoy food or cooking all know that extra virgin olive oil is one of the best cooking oils. This Mediterranean oil has spread around the world very widely. People like extra virgin olive oil not only for its taste and fragance, but also for its nutrtional benefits. We know olive oil is good for preventing heart disease and for moisturizing skin, and that it's easy to digest, and so on.

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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