Any mochi lovers out there? If yes, then do not miss A-Main Mochi 阿綿麻糬 on your next visit to Kaohsiung. Their main shop is located in Tsoying, near the Lotus lake, but they also have a smaller outpost in the Yancheng district which is much more fun to visit, located in an old narrow alley taking you back in times. As the Taiwanese would say, the shop has a lot of FU, meaning feel, eh. Continue reading
In recent years, it seems like more and more Western style restaurants are popping up in every corner of Taiwan. It may be a mix of settled foreigners taking a stab at sharing some authentic cuisine from their country of origin, combined with a new wave of young Taiwanese chefs trained abroad, or self-taught, motivated to apply their skills at the helm of their own establishment. And while it is exciting to have access to such a variety of foreign food, albeit often localized to the Taiwanese tastebuds, in the meantime, who is carrying the torch to keep traditional Taiwanese food alive and exciting? Continue reading
I recently got around to reading the Japanese Farm Food, a cookbook mémoir, from Nancy Singleton Hachisu. In addition to running an English school, the author is also actively involved with Slow Food Japan, so I was looking forward to discovering her Japanese terroir. In the end, I didn’t jot down as many recipes as I’d hoped, mostly because some key ingredients can be challenging to find in Taiwan, or simply because I don’t have the logistics (yet) to carry out some of her recipes. For sure, I envy her country home kitchen, but for now, my minimal Taiwanese kitchen will do just fine.
One of the recipes that made the cut happened to be the Japanese-syle potato salad. The recipe didn’t look too daunting and the ingredients simple to get. Fortunately, the potato season is upon us, here in Taiwan. Continue reading
What a nice three-day week-end to transition from February to March, so I hope everyone is having a swell time. This also means that it’s time for a wrap-up of last month, so let see.
- About 228: if you have no clue why this past Friday was a holiday, read up on the 228 incident or the first-hand account of George Kerr, author of Formosa Betrayed, on that day. If you are still wrapping your ahead around the history of Taiwan, just like me, then this is definitely an event to learn more about.
– iCook Cooking Diary 愛料理日記料理: the Taiwanese go-to recipe website has launched a new mobile application on Android and iOS, for users to keep a visual diary of their home-cooked culinary creation. I’ve started using it to casually record some dishes of mine and get some Chinese practice along, which is all pretty fun. Having a glimpse at what goes on in other people’s kitchen is also a great source of inspiration, and motivation to cook more. Feel free to add me if you’re also using the application .
- Coffee, Google Maps, Taipei: I love coffee and I love Google Maps! Taipei is lucky to have such an extensive blog coverage of its coffee scene and bloggers kind enough to share their Google Maps, so, big shout out to: Kevin’s Superhero Listing (chinese), Allister’s Taipei Cafes (english), and Eric’s taiwan.loves.coffee (english).
Some blog post updated:
- Oh no! Banh Mi Sai Gon 西貢麵包 has moved north of the train station.
- Caffé Bene is pursuing its invasion of Kaohsiung with 2 new additional stores.
- An new addition to the Map of Night Markets in Kaohsiung, with the Behind Train Station night market, yet another nocturnal place to go scavenge for food.
That’ll be it for February. I have a bunch of drafts waiting to be published, so stay tuned!
It’s hard to miss Guo Zongzi 郭家肉粽 with their big giant wooden basket, overflowing with zongzi, solidly sitting above the store.
Zongzi is commonly translated as sticky/glutinous rice dumpling, or as biàn dāng calls it on its menu, Chinese tamale. As I mentioned in a recent post, It’s the food item traditionally associated with the Dragon Boat Festival, in June, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have it during the rest of the year.
Open as early as 7am, I improvised a visit there on a bright Saturday morning, last October, cycling by the giant rubber duck on my way to breakfast. It was sunny, the air was brisk, the roads of the usually crowded Yancheng 鹽埕 district were still pleasantly calm, so I whizzed through to my destination. Quite an invigorating way to start the day. Continue reading