Taiwanese sweet garlic sauce


1 teaspoon garlic (smashed)

1 teaspoon drinking water

3 tablespoons soy paste

Note: Please see the soy paste details here:



1. Use a pestle and mortar to mix the water and garlic finely. (The purpose of the water is help to you grind the garlic finely).

2. Add the soy paste, and mix well.

3. Taste it. If you think the taste is too strong or too salty, add a little water to balance it. You can also adjust the amount of the garlic, if it is too much or little for you.

How to use the sweet garlic sauce?

This sauce is very often used on Taiwanese dishes such as, white chicken, steamed shrimps, squid, green vegetables, tofu, omelet, fried radish cakes, boiled dumplings, and so on. You can feel free to use it on anything which needs sauce to add flavour or to make it more pleasant to eat.

Taiwanese shallot oil noodles

2 tablespoons shallot oil
1 tablespoon soy paste
1 litre of water
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch of wheat noodles, for one serving, 100g fre

for one serving, 100g fresh thin (about 0.1 cm thickness) noodles

Taiwanese shallot oil

Taiwanese shallot oil

300g shallots (peeled)
250ml cooking oil or lard

1. Thinly slice the shallots (about 2mm thick)
2. Heat up an empty saucepan to ensure it's dry, then put the shallots into the saucepan. Don't add the cooking oil yet.
3. As the shallots are beginning to dry out, you will smell very pleasant aroma from them Then you can add the cooking oil to the saucepan. 
4. Fry the shallots and oil in the saucepan at medium heat. After a while, you will see the oil is bubbling around the shallots (these bubbles are actually the shallot's internal moisture boiling away as steam). When the bubbling is almost finished, turn up the heat a little higher until the shallots are brown and crispy. The shallots are cooked.
5. Turn off the heat.  Keep this shallot oil in a jar, in the refrigerator.

The procedure for making dumpling dough


3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup hot water, ½ cup cold water.

Procedure for making dumpling dough:

1. Put 3 cups of flour into a mixing bowl, and mix in 1 cup of just boiled water. Stir the mixture with a stick or a fork, until the flour become flaky. (see Note 1)
2. Pour a ½ cup of cold water into the dough, and keep mixing, until it become a ball shape.
3. Sprinkle some flour on a wide flat surface, such as a countertop, and place the dough on the surface.
4. The dough now should be sticky and warm, leave it alone for a couple of minutes, to allow it to cool down.
5. When you can feel the dough has become cooler, and dryer, you can start kneading the dough very gently. Do not try too hard, because the center of dough is still very warm. While kneading the dough, if you find the dough is still very sticky, sprinkle a little flour on your hands and working surface, but not directly on the dough.

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


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


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.


Spicy with sweet and sour sauces

Sweet and sour sauce

4 tablespoons vinegar, 4 tablespoons sugar, and 3 tablespoons soy sauce. Mix well.

Fresh spicy sweet and sour sauce

Freshly chopped chili, 1 teaspoon

Freshly chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon

Freshly chopped green onion, 1 teaspoon

Hot and sour soup

Broth Ingredients

500 ml water
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon of salt

Soup Ingredients

½ cup of grated carrot
1 cup of golden mushroom
1 cup of shiitake mushroom
1 cup of wood ear fungus, cut into long strips
½ cup of tofu, cut into long strips

White Radish Cake

White radish cakePreparing the rice mixture
1 cup long grain-rice, cleaned
2 cups water
2 teaspoon of corn flour

1. Soak the cleaned rice in 2 cups of water for 6 hours, or overnight.
2. Place the rice and water in a food processor. Blend the mixture at high speed until it's very smooth.
3. Add the corn flour into the rice mixture, and mix well.

Green onion pancake (Tsong You Bing), Thick style

Preparing the green onion


400g green onion
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons cooking oil
2 tablespoons white sesame oil
1-2 teaspoon white pepper


Chop the green onion very finely, and mix it well with the salt, cooking oil, white sesame oil and pepper.

Making the dough


3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup hot water
½ cup cold water


Prepare your working surface by dusting it lightly with flour, because the dough will stick to it initially.