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Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan for kids: Kung Fu

Studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan is an increasingly popular activity for foreign families. Foreign parents bring their kids to Tapei, often during the summer, and send them a Mandarin school for few weeks.

Here is a Kung Fu school with some Kung Fu classes that are taught in Chinese. Spending time with the local kids, learning Kung Fu together, might be a fun idea for foreign children and teenagers to learn martial arts and Chinese, and to learn about local life.

The following is the class schedule for that school:

Tang poetry reading and Kung fu
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00am-12:00pm

Kung Fu styles
Tiger style, crane style, snake style, mantis (grasshopper) style, monkey style
Every Saturday, 16:00pm-17:00pm

Chinese Martial Arts programs 

Where to buy Taiwanese hand made knives?

There are two old shops specializing in making and selling knives in the old part of Taipei. They are about 15 minutes walking distance from each other.

Yongxing knife and farm tools shop
No. 288, Section 1, Dihua street, Taipei
Tel: 02 2553 6545
Chinese name and address:
Tel: 02 2553 6545

Map on google:

Yuan Rong knife and hardware shop
No. 9, lane 60, Section 2, Yanping North Road, Taipei
Tel:02 2558 27862
Chinese name and address:
Tel:02 2558 27862

Taiwanese wedding dumplings

sweet dumplingsWhen 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).

The handmade sticky dumpling balls are a gift from the family and all the friends and neighbors nearby. When they get together making the sticky dumpling balls, it's always a happy atmosphere. The dumplings aren't hard to make. It's like a kind of party, with everyone talking, laughing, and eating. A daughter getting married is everyone's business. So making the dumplings together is a blessing they all prepare for the bride. They put their happiness into making the sweet sticky dumplings, and share it with everyone.






感恩當初義大利師父 Alessandro Guastini 的傳授


義大利廚師們有個默契,他們不輕易傳授他人義大利菜 ,他們說這是義大利人吃飯的傢伙,尤其外國人要跟他們學更難,就好像某些功夫大師,他們不隨便傳授徒弟的。  




青醬會黑或是會容易變黑是青醬處理上最常見的問題 , 黑色的青醬表示內容物不是很乾淨,已經發生氧化了!氧化的青醬就打了折扣,香氣沒有原來應該有的濃郁。



1. 選擇新鮮的九層塔,紅梗的九層塔香氣較高,向菜販買秤重的九層塔,而不是已經包好的,包好的比較不容易確認品質,而且封起來的九層塔容易變黑氧化。

2. 用剪刀將九層塔葉子剪下,梗或是變黑的葉子都不要用,會影響口感與香氣。

3. 將葉子放在水盆裡,輕輕地用清水洗過幾次後,水盆裡的沙土會變很少或是沒有,再用乾淨的過濾水泡約5-10分鐘,將水瀝乾,把九層塔平鋪放在竹蔞或是類似的容器上,置於通風處或是陽光下至表面沒有水份為止。

4. 使用初榨的橄欖油與飽滿的松子。

5. 最好使用高速的食物處理器,約30秒內完成攪拌,打太久溫度太高青醬會變黑。

6. 加入一滴白醋防止青醬氧化。

覺旅Journey Kaffe的成功法門:慷慨大方


台北最紅的覺旅咖啡的二位老闆Thomas 與 Brendon,幾年前來上Jodie老師義式料理的課程,他們來上課之前我們並不認識覺旅咖啡,開課了之後才知道這二位先生在內湖經營咖啡館,上網看了一下才知道Journey Kaffe很受好評,親自登門之後才見識到它的功力。

Taiwan 1950s: Flour sack underwear

In 1950's Taiwan you could see US and Republic of China flags everywhere, including on children's bottoms. A lot of small kids wore short pants or trousers with the two flags and the words “China and the USA – working together”. They weren't making a fashion statement, or even a political statement.

Their clothes were made out of flour sacks that were distributed under a US aid program, so the printed label on the sacks became a colourful decoration on the back of the pants.

Life was very tough then and people were poor, so they really appreciated the free supply of good quality cotton, my high school teacher, Mr. Chen, told us. They made the pants big and loose, because the cloth was rather rough and scratchy.

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.

Mindfulness kitchen

Many Asian people learn cooking from their families, but in these cultures, the learning style may be very different from what you expect.

If we went into the kitchen and asked our parents: “how many teaspoons of sugar do you add into that dish, and how hot do you make the pan?” we may not get the answer we want. Sometimes they will answer “I am not very sure. It depends. You should just pay attention, instead of asking”, or even “You ask too many question, stay out of the kitchen and stop bothering me!”

In my family's kitchen, when our parents were making soup, stir-fried dishes, and so on, they would add salt, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, then taste a little with a spoon, then add a little more of this or that. That was often how they measured the ingredients, so they really couldn't say what was the 'correct' amount.