A Taste of Taiwan: Sushi Takeout!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan | 3 comments

Hey everyone! I’ve officially been living in Taiwan for about a month now, which was enough time to stuff myself fat and take a couple hundreds of pictures of food. All for you guys! At first I contemplated making my first Taiwan series post an overall view of what I’ve been eating and visually drown you all in delicious pictures of food. But what’s the point of dozens of pictures without words…right? So I’m gonna break it down into categories, starting with da da da DUMMMM….Sushi Takeout! Now pretty much everyone who knows me can verify my obsession with sushi and sashimi. Usually, I only get to gobble the babies up for special occasions when we decide to go to a restaurant or something. But recently I have been able to sate my sushi cravings whenever I want, and that is because ladies and gentlemen, there is a delicious Sushi Takeout shop in practically every subway station in Taiwan! Not only that, but everything is made fresh throughout the day (as it should be) and the prices are laughingly cheap and only get cheaper with every hour at night when items are discounted to sell out the days worth of food. Of course, you would assume that the sushi must be plain, simple, and average tasting if the prices were that low. NOT SO. Here’s proof: At Sushi Takeout, you can either custom make your own meal by taking the various plastic container sizes they have available and filling it with individual sushi pieces which can vary in price from 5NT to 15NT (15NT being 50 cents), or you can grab one of their custom made options. These include several sushi, nigiri, and bento options. Above, I got a delicious meal of eel, salmon roe, shrimp, broccoli, and a whole bunch of rice with egg AS WELL AS a separate container not pictured full of around 10 pieces of handpicked sushi for around $6!!! All the sashimi is fresh and the sushi filled with chewy rice that’s not mushy, limp, and stuck together. Yum yum. This wonderful place also sells the typical convenience store wonderfulness of breads, drinks and snacks, but I will talk about convenience stores in another post! For now, just ogle and awe at the greatness of Sushi Takeout. I know I do! Even without the nightly discounts, buying during the day is also a great lunch or snack for cheap. If it wasn’t so filling and if Taiwan didn’t offer so many other delectable foods to devour, I would just stuff myself with sushi…but thank goodness that isn’t the case. Hope you enjoyed this toast and make sure to try out the easy convenient sushi if any of you visit Taiwan! Btw, did anyone notice I typed toast and not post? Yes, I love food…ok that was corny. Anyways, thanks for reading ^_^   – Jas                                                                           Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Fishing Frenzy & Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Fishing Frenzy, New York Eats | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, near the end of my rather uneventful spring break, for some odd reason that I can’t fully understand myself, I decided to tag along on a long 7-hour drive upstate with my dad and his friend (along with his two sons). For what? Why, all so I could wake up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am to go out on the docks of Lake Ontario and sit in a rocking boat to aimlessly fish for trout for the next six hours of course! Yes, I think I’d lost a few screws over break as well. Having rented a boat from Crazy Yankee SportFishing the entire ordeal was rather taxing. Considering how they laid out the lines for us and let us know when a fish was biting, we were left with the toughest job of reeling them in…and then the difficult task of picking up slippery fish and tossing them into the cooler. Phew. That’s a lot of work!  Bad sarcasm aside, despite waking up far too early, it was pretty fun. Reeling in the fish was actually a bit difficult at first, especially when it was a big catch (though after looking at the pictures featured on the Crazy Yankee website, the fish we caught seem tiny in comparison). Without the excitement of hooking another unlucky trout, the lull of the boat practically put us to sleep.  At least we all left feeling the victory of having caught a fish (even if we only did half the job). In fact, my dad managed to catch exactly one brown trout before getting seasick for the next five and a half hours. Bravo, daddy! I got bragging rights for bringing in the only lake trout of the bunch we nabbed, though catch of the day for fattest brown trout went to the younger son of my dad’s friend. Totally not jealous. Afterwards, the Captains were kind enough to filet our fish for us right on deck before heading back to the docks. I found myself cringing inwardly as they threw everything save for the filets overboard. Seeing all of those fish heads and innards floating away…sinking back into the lake to feed the other fishies as the circle of life continues…What a waste! Yes, I am greedy, but that was already a known fact. Wasn’t it? Looking at it from a logical perspective though, we wouldn’t have been able to haul all 16 fish back if the majority hadn’t been filleted.  Now that I’ve finished regaling you with our fishing adventure and you’re bored out of your mind (C’mon already, where’s the food?!) on to the bbq!  Before our utterly exciting fishing adventure, we stopped by what is supposed to be the place to go for bbq at Rochester — Dinosaur Bar-B-Que — the night before. The place was beyond crowded when we arrived, and the wait time was around 3 hours. Convinced that this was the best place in town to eat, thanks to the raving reviews found on the internet and Yelp!, we decided to wait it out. Seated in front of the take out corner, it never occurred to us that maybe…just maybe, we should order food to go instead of waiting. Well, not until we’d already waited nearly 2 hours anyway. Then we got smart, and around $10 later (their bottled cherry soda is delicious, sadly I forgot to take a photo of it and can’t recall the brand) we stopped staring longingly at the take out counter and actually lined up to order instead. Proud of us, aren’t you? Back at the hotel, we dug in...

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Steamed Chilean Bass

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Recipe | 0 comments

Chilean bass is a pretty pricey slice of fish, but it is utterly delicious and totally worth the money. While your wallet may be feeling a bit down and looking somewhat on the thin side after your purchase, no worries, because this is the season for giving and you and your tastebuds undoubtedly deserve the treat.  This recipe for steamed Chilean bass is almost too simple, but the result is a delicately soft bite of fish that is so tender it practically melts in your mouth. Impress your guests during the holidays by serving up this easy dish, they’ll never guess that it took little to no effort to make. If you have a steamer at home, as we do, then this dish literally will take no effort at all because the steamer does all the work for you. However, if you’re not so lucky, don’t panic! Just check out the following recipe.  Steamed Chilean Bass The ingredients for this recipe will vary on taste as well as how big the filet is. Ingredients: Chilean Bass Scallion Ginger Salt, Pepper good bourbon (optional) Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly on the fish. To steam the fish, place it in a wok with a strainer with some water on the bottom of the wok. For a fish that’s about 1-inch thick, it should take about 20 minutes for it to be fully cooked. It may take a bit of experimenting to figure out the perfect amount of time needed for the fish to cook thoroughly. Once the bass is completely cooked, put it to the side before serving. The most important part is the sauce that goes on top. The sauce is actually going to be made from the fat and oils that were steamed out of the fish. Fish oil is very good for you, so don’t cringe at the thought of using it for the sauce.  Slice the scallion and ginger, and drop them into the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you’d like, a splash of bourbon will really help to give the sauce that extra kick of ‘mmm’. Of course, use good bourbon. Cooking with cheap wine and liquor, while it’s less stress on the wallet, may not make for the best dish. Don’t cook with wine/liquor that you don’t and won’t actually drink. So if you choose to do so, add a splash (or two) of bourbon and take a swig for taste. Stir together and cook for 2-5 minutes until it boils. The last thing you want to do is overcook the sauce, you want the scallions to stay green and beautiful. If it’s overcooked, the scallions will turn yellow. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve. Sit back, take a bite, have a sip of good wine, and let out a contented sigh. Good luck and enjoy~! ~ AJ ~ Photographs taken and provided by AnnMarie...

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General Update + A bit of London!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in London Eats, Miscellaneous | 3 comments

Hey all! I do not know how time flies by so quickly! I haven’t been able to post in a while due to vacationing in London (yay! more on that later) and….I’m officially a college student!! So just to let you all know, I won’t be able to post very frequently (and there’s not much on campus to post about har har) but keep your eyes peeled because post I will! On another note, I was able to visit London my first time ever this summer and try out a ton of very “english” foods. There aren’t very many foods that can be considered completely “english” though, but my sister and I made sure we got all the bases covered! The top item on my To Eat List was definitely traditional English style FISH AND CHIPS! Oh goodness, I think I fell in love with fish and chips. To tell you guys the truth, I wasn’t even sure what fish and chips were exactly…so for all of you out there who might be confused, it’s basically fried fish with french fries, or as the English say, “chips”. By the way, they call chips crisps, which was very intriguing! Now, I made sure to try the fish and chips of pretty much every restaurant we visited, but my family and I all agreed that the above was the best. We got these babies at the London Tower area (which is beautiful by the way). If you ever visit London, make sure to try the small shop near the gift store with the blue and white Fish And Chips sign! Anyways, why was this store’s fish and chips so much better in my opinion? The fish was light and crispy on the outside and not oily at all. Even more importantly, there wasn’t a fishy smell which a lot of the other one’s had. Plus, drizzling mustard and ketchup on top made it deliciously tangy, which went well with the crispy exterior. The fish meat was fluffy and boneless for me, although that wasn’t the case for my sister. Paired with the crunchy hot fries, the meal was a dream for a hungry tourist like myself. I must say, it was very filling so there was no need for anything else! Have you guys ever been to London? Tell me about your food adventures and recommend some delicacies! Next time, I’ll introduce some of London’s AMAZING Indian food and maybe take you guys into my experience at the famous Portobello Food Market! Enjoy :) – Jas Photograph taken by Jasmine...

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