Food Ramble Time! (Picture Heavy!)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan, Miscellaneous | 4 comments

Hey guys! Rest be assured, we have not abandoned this blog! Things have been so busy that I was surprised once I realized it was already March! Wow, how time flies… On another note, I thought I would get this blog back up and running by putting up a simple post of me rambling. About food that is. xD Recently I’ve been craving so many things! Most of them are Taiwanese street food, which is sadly inaccessible for me now. :( The first thing I will do when I return to Taiwan is eat, eat, and eat. I’ll just spend the day shopping and then head over to the night market and eat through all the stalls. Ah, pure bliss. Until then, I spend my time thinking about it, which might be driving my friends crazy. These days when I’m talking to my friends, the conversation somehow ends up on food most of the time. I have no idea how this happens. Just the other day my korean friend was telling me about all the spicy korean food that I had to try, and now I want kimchi fried rice to satiate my cravings. In the meantime, I feel happy looking at the pictures I took last time. Here are some foods I want to eat again: Are you guys hungry now too? The other day my friend treated me to Haagen Daz! So happy. I tried the Belgian Irish Cream flavour with a waffle cone. Yum yum, so good. The lady gave us two huge scoops, which needed heavy tongue licking action to keep from dripping. Don’t you guys think that ice cream tastes so much better in the winter time? Lately, my favorite thing to eat when I get home from school is hot rice straight out of the rice cooker, with an extremely gooey barely cooked egg on top, and with dashes of soy sauce and sesame oil mixed in. Then I break the egg, let the yolk sink into the rice, and mix it all together. SO DELICIOUS. Easy to make, and perfect to fill your tummy. Okay, I think I will finish up this post. Extremely random, but hoped you guys enjoyed! I will probably elaborate on some of the dishes in the pictures in future posts, so comment if you want to know more! – Jas Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Taiwan Street Food: Part 1 <3

Posted by on Aug 4, 2010 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan | 1 comment

Hey guys! Thought I’d put up a post introducing some of the popular and delicious, yet cheap, street food in Taiwan. Most street foods are sold in vendor stalls that are pretty much everywhere in the shopping districts. More successful businesses, however, might be located in tiny stores that are marked out by the extremely long lines snaking around the corners. Street food really is the essence of Taiwan, in a way. It’s in the little shops, not the fancy ones, that you get real Taiwanese flavor. =] First up, delicious red bean and cream filled cakes! These are made fresh as you order, and customers can see exactly how these things are made. The workers have a huge grill, with several cake sized holes, which they pour the batter into. After they swirl it around and the batter bakes, they put in huge helpings of red bean or cream. Then they cap the top with another piece of batter and viola! These babies are filled to the brim, and are not overly sweet! Next up is Winter Melon Tea!! Personally, I love to drink this stuff. It’s sweet, and tastes of brown sugar, but at the same time has this subtle melon flavor that reminds me of when I was small. The store we went to was in a small obscure street in Kaioshung, and specializes in winter melon tea. In fact, all they sell is winter melon tea! Winter melon tea with lemon, with oolong, with honey…you name it! Here we’ve got three flavors: original (love), lemon, and oolong. I still love original the best, as I felt the other flavors obscured the winter melon a bit. They also sell winter melon candies. The shopkeeper was nice enough to let us try a few samples. These are made from fresh winter melon, and covered with brown sugar. They are then dried up, and retain all the sweetness of the melon and sugar. In a sense, it’s concentrated winter melon tea! Just plunk them in to boil, and you get tea. It’s really interesting right? The candies are tasty to suck on as well, although I know some people are content to chew them up. Although the candy is super sweet, the drink itself is not overly so. Adults would enjoy it too, and the melon flavor doesn’t get covered by the sugar. Now here is a classic, shaved ice! No need to explain the beauty behind this. Shaved ice, drizzled with syrup, condensed milk, or both, and topped with various fruits, chews, and jellies. Delicious! Not to mention it’s low in calories too! Here is a picture of one I had recently in Tainan: Finally time for something salty! I’ll end this post with another of my loves: takoyaki! Although this is originally a Japanese snack, you can find them in many night markets all over Taiwan. Takoyaki are basically little balls of grilled and fried dough filled with octopus and veggies. They end up crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, and are served piping hot with several toppings and sauces heaped on top. Usually, these include wasabi, sweet soy sauce, and bonito flakes. They usually come six in a boat, which is far too little for me! Hope you guys enjoyed the post! What are some favorite on the go street foods you guys enjoy? =] — Jas Photographs taken and provided by Jasmine...

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Seafood Galore

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan | 4 comments

As some attentive readers may have noticed, S.S. Munchies shall be categorizing Taiwan related topics underneath the category of “Eating like an Emperor – in Taiwan”. Now, why so long? It’s certainly a mouthful isn’t it? We decided to dub our Taiwan ramblings due to an old proverbial saying of: Chī fan, Huangdi da. That is to say that eating is similar to that of being an Emperor, the act of it is so important that no one is allowed to bother you. Fancy that! Next time I’m busy and I don’t want to be bothered all I have to say is “I’m eating!” and silence shall follow…or not, but wishful thinking never hurts. Speaking of eating, or feasting rather, like an Emperor – that was exactly what we did on our trip to Tainan, Taiwan. Stepping gingerly through the sliding doors of A-Sha, a restaurant specializing in the traditional foods from Southern Taiwan, we were treated to several dishes of delectable seafood. Seafood’s always been a favorite of mine (along with several other food groups) but a family favorite that we view as a Lunar New Year treat would have to be Wu Yú Zi, or fish roe. For some, this condensed piece of fish roe may be overwhelmingly salty but eating a few pieces of fresh radish washes it down to a nice salty tang. For those who favor a bit of spice in their life, slices of fresh scallion or even garlic is yet another option to try. Mm-mm! That does look scrumptious, now doesn’t it Jas? Ah, I see that she’s busily eying her food and committing it to memory before it disappears into her bowels. Poor thing. But the fish roe (delicious as it was) was only the beginning of our meal. Followed with abalone and these interesting little shrimpy crab balls. For those of you who have never had abalone before, it’s a rather large clam that’s sliced and served with mayonnaise. The fishy smell and taste can be a bit intimidating to some but the texture itself is tender and chewy like…well, clam! The shrimp/crab balls were quite interesting. Fried just enough so that its thin outer layer is crisp, but the inside is soft with the slight surprise of a crunch from water chestnuts here and there. Afterwards, a plate of assorted foods (from sausage to chicken, all the way to veggies to tofu) with shrimp. Not just any shrimp! Shrimp with curly feet. Yes, that’s right. Curly. Almost as if they’re dancing for joy…straight into my mouth that is. Anyway, drooling aside, what really stood out within this meal blew everything else away. The crab sticky rice, the steamed fish, the stir-fried peppers and scallops…the winner of the meal was…this little sucker. Ooh yea, just look at it staring so venomously at’cha. Pretty intimidating huh? Not so much when its body’s a mere bony patch. Served in a ginger broth, much like a soup, these little critters were just swimming around in there until fished up by us. A light finish to the meal, the fish sat nicely in the stomach along with the refreshing ginger broth. Soft and tender, the meat easily falls off its bone with a little nudge of encouragement from my spoon and chopsticks. Apparently the Flying Mud Fish like to jump onto the shore’s rocks and sun themselves for a while – which also happens to make them rather easy to catch. All in all, a delightful afternoon spent with family…some of whom I’ve never met until just then! If any of you readers have...

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