Category Archives: Taiwanese cooking

How to make Kakiage 日式炸物 vegetarian tempura

Joanne made this delicious crispy vegetarian dish as a side for her New Year meal last night. This dish comes from Japan and is quite popular in Taiwan as Japan was once the owner of the island. Many foods and customs are shared between the countries.

大年初一,所謂的初一早,初二早,初三睡到飽記得小時候的今天,全村子大大小小一大早會拿著昨晚的壓歲錢到前院大稻埕那去ㄅㄨㄚ˙  ㄍㄧㄠˋ (因為會有三天合法) 通常都是ㄅㄨㄚ˙ 練導阿!,真是鬧熱滾滾充滿年味!! ~~如今這種年味該都不見了吧!!嗯~~所以還是小時後幸福!!

It’s quite easy to make Kakiage 日式炸物 vegetarian tempura, with the following ingredients:

  • batter: flour, water, salt, pepper
  • your choice of vegetables: such as – carrot, pumpkin, taro, bean sprouts, mushrooms, spring onion, mooli.
  • sauce: mirin, rice wine and soy sauce blended together
  • optional meats and seafood: if you aren’t vegetarian feel free to add prawns, for example!

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Method:

  1. slice up the vegetables as shown into long-ish thin strips
  2. mix up the vegetables in a bowl and dust them with flour
  3. make your tempura paste mix with flour and water
  4. pour the mix over your vegetables and mix it all up
  5. add any optional meat or seafood at this stage
  6. heat the oil in the pan
  7. add in 3 or 4 patties of the mixed veg, carefully
  8. leave them to brown and turn over, take out of the oil to drain and crisp
  9. make the dip with mirin, rice wine and soy sauce
  10. enjoy!

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My Chinese New Year Party Food 新年辦桌 – what to cook

Chinese and Taiwanese New year is coming along shortly! One of the big questions that many people will have is what dishes to prepare. One of the best places to find traditional and New Year Taiwanese dishes is Taiwan Cooking on YouTube. It’s my mother’s site and she loves to cook – a lot.

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農曆新年將近,今年很高興可以和很多台灣姐妹與她們的家人一起提早過了一個既溫馨又快樂的新年團聚,內心理真的有著滿滿的溫暖,喜悅和感恩! 在此也恭祝大家新年快樂! 羊羊得意!!

She recently held an early New Year lunch party and made a huge amount of great food for the day. Many Taiwanese sisters managed to share a great, happy, warm New Year together! Please have a look at the wonderful range of food she prepared in the video I have embedded below.

There’s lots of favourite Taiwanese and Chinese dishes shown off above. To help you easily find some of my favourites she prepared that day you can look at these links:

Happy New Year everyone! 羊羊得意!

Braised red yeast chicken feet

Liu’s braised red yeast chicken feet 劉家紅麴辣豆瓣魯鳳爪

Braised red yeast chicken feet
Braised red yeast chicken feet

Back when I was little, my grandmother would always use this special red yeast sauce to marinate all kinds of meat in preparation for Chinese New Year (We have an especially big family.) After moving to England, I started craving that special taste one day and had to ring back home to find out the secret of making the sauce.

記得小時候阿嬤總是會用這特製的紅麴醬 醃漬各種肉類以備過年時的不時之需(咱家的家族特別的大),來英之後有天突然憶起那特別的味道,趕緊打回台灣問那密方

The good news was that my auntie actually remembered being taught my grandma’s recipe and was able to send me the ingredients from Taiwan. After receiving it, it took me a few attempts but I was finally able to bring back that taste that has been long stuck in my distant childhood memory. Since then, I have been using this sauce whenever I am missing home, and of course, during special days and the festive season.

還好! 我家四有得到阿嬤的真傳給了我這秘方!收到從台灣來的材料後不敢怠慢的趕緊動手做,當然是經過了好幾次後才大功告成。

Today, I will be showing you how to slow cook chicken’s feet with our special sauce, in preparation for a party I have set up to treat my best friends.
Traditional Liu’s Red Yeast Spicy Bean Curd Cured Chicken’s Feet.

現在,每當年節想家時必會以此紅麴醬來滷些家香味以安胃內心思鄉之苦!今天魯的是~~鳳爪!!堪稱人間極品講用它來招待我金愛的朋友們!!

Spring rolls, ready to eat!

How to make Spring Rolls 春捲 for Taiwanese, and Chinese, New Year

Here’s some great Spring Rolls my mother made. These are beef and onion ones but you can alter the recipe to include any sorts of other fillings including the likes of pork, chicken, bamboo and bean sprouts – whatever you like. Chinese (Taiwanese) New Year is almost here and these would be a great addition to your dinner table spread!

Please watch the video and you will be able to see the cooking method and technique for making beautiful, golden crispy spring rolls at home – using the best ingredients from your local shops.

In my mother’s recipe the following ingredients were used:

  • 500g beef mince,
  • sliced spring onions,
  • spring roll pastry,
  • salt, pepper,
  • egg for ‘glue’
  • sesame oil, rice wine, a little sugar
  • + dipping sauce made from ketchup, lemon & sugar

 

Spring rolls, ready to eat!
Spring rolls, ready to eat!

As mentioned above you can change the contents to suit your own taste and also you might like to use chilli or sweet chilli in the dipping sauce. Hope you like it!