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Making Chinese tea western style

It's possible to make Chinese Tea even if you don't have the traditional tea making equipment and tea pots. You just need good Chinese tea leaves, a source of boiling water, and any teapot and cups.

Enjoy your meal with Chinese Tea

Many of my guests' experience of drinking tea in some Chinese restaurants is that the tea tastes too bitter. They might even feel some stomach pain or feel dizzy after drinking it. It's because the tea leaves have been brewed in the tea pot too long, or they used too much tea. When you are served this over-brewed tea, it's better not to drink it. It's not healthy and it won't make your delicious dishes taste better. Tell them the tea is too old, and ask the waiter to bring another pot of freshly brewed tea.

全球最美的夜市:泰國華欣 蟬鳴夜市 Cicada night market

Cicada weekend night market in Takiab, near Hua Hin, Thailand 第一次騎車經過這裡還以為有人在開party ,濃密的大樹上掛滿了一盞盞的天燈,大樹下擺了許多的白色木質餐桌椅,遠遠傳來現場演唱的音樂,人們悠閒自在地在公園裡穿梭,這看起來太過癮了,這地方一定有好玩的,我決定下車掺一咖!

哇!泰國華欣 (Hua Hin) 這個鄉下地方竟然連機車位都難找,我以最快的腳步進入Cicada 公園 ,馬上吸引我注意的是白色餐桌上的美酒佳餚與輕鬆自在的食客,超浪漫!

公園裡的美食攤位看起來可是比餐廳還專業,所有人員一律白色廚師製服,所有攤位設計一致,這裡的攤位供應泰國美食也有各國的名菜如印度咖哩、日本壽司、漢堡薯條等。

我給自己買了泰式炒麵、薯條與啤酒,這簡單的幾樣就花了我二百泰銖,這是比一般夜市還高好幾倍的消費,但很值得因為這個夜市太美了。

Have a cup of tea? 與英國佬

最近和一票的英國人相處了幾星期,Have a cup of tea?

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  • 簡單原味的地中海平底鍋〈烤盤〉料理

    住在泰國鄉下的這段時間因為只有三星期,不想買許多食材或是調味料堆放,超市距離很遠,
    所以一切烹調手段從簡,想要燒出好菜的難度好像很高,但結果卻是簡單又原味。

    每天我用平底鍋加上橄欖油與鹽料理食物,準備最單純美味的地中海美食。

    平底鍋料理食物表現的是地中海食物的單純,原味,甜度與香度,烹煮的重點是溫火慢煎,絕對犯規的是大火快炒 (平底鍋很容易壞),平底鍋也可用烤盤取代

    以下是地中海平底鍋〈烤盤〉料理的簡單方法:

    Drinking tea like wine

    Many of my guests have asked me, "what do Taiwanese people drink when they have dinner?". Because they notice Taiwanese people often don't drink wine or beer when they eat. I thought it's quite normal not to have alcohol when eating, like we sometimes do in Taiwan. Then I realized that although we don't drink wine, we do have tea while eating.

    Gong fu tea: Taiwanese Tea Ceremony

    Very often my guests from other countries like to ask me, "do you always drink tea like this", when I serve them tea with tiny tea pots, tiny tea cups and tea leaves. To them, it looks like very time consuming, and too much effort to go through just to have tea.

    Yes, I always make tea with those tiny pots and cups, especially when I want to slow down and get my mind together.

    簡單原味的地中海烤箱料理

    泰國鄉下的廚房裡只有橄欖油、鹽與蔬菜, 我延續了地中海湯法的原則,烤了許多道好菜。
    其實幾乎所有的食材都可這樣簡單處理,吃的不僅是原味健康,更能嚐到食物誘人的香氣與甜度。

    以下是簡單美味的地中海烤甜椒、節瓜與香菇的作法:

    1. 將甜椒、節瓜所有食材切成相同大小
    2. 將所有要烤的蔬菜放入烤盤
    3. 淋上橄欖油、灑鹽、加入拍碎的大蒜
    4. 攪拌所有食材後,靜置三十分鐘讓食材入味
    5. 200度預熱烤箱十分鐘後,將所有蔬菜烤熟即可上菜


    這是變化更多地中海烤盤的原則:

    道道地地的在地經驗;夜市人生

    Photo by Joyce Tay不論是在哪個大城小鎮旅行,市集往往是最有人氣的觀光點,它聚集當地人潮的特色更吸引無數的觀光客想一窺究竟。

    曼谷城最大的恰圖恰週末市集有吃有喝有穿用的,給觀光客活生生地上演一場當地人們的生活,除了看戲外還可以參與市集中最有趣的活動,討價還價順便帶幾件戰利品回國當紀念。

    簡單原味的地中海湯法

    Soup by the pool最近到泰國鄉下住了三個星期,廚房裡是空的,於是到超市買了橄欖油、鹽、蔬菜和鳳梨,竟也變化出好幾道讓家人都很幸福的湯點。

    泰國的鳳梨一般都很好吃,而且我用鳳梨心煮水二十分鍾,這是很甜的高湯喔,完成不需味精呢!

    以下是簡單美味的地中海紅蘿蔔與馬鈴薯湯的作法:

    1. 將所有食材切丁
    2. 湯鍋裡加入橄欖油
    3. 低溫炒香洋蔥一個、紅蘿蔔一小條,
    4. 加入鳳梨高湯、切碎蕃茄五個煮至滾開
    5. 加入湯材馬鈴薯二個與紅蘿蔔一條,溫火加熱煮熟所有湯材
    6. 非蔬食者可加入肉丸、魚丸、肉丁等
    7. 以鹽調味

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