Sunday, January 31, 2010

Instant Shabu-Shabu

Today I was craving for shabu-shabu but my friend was busy so we can't go out on our usual weekend plan. I decided to make one myself. Here's the outcome.

Luckily, in Taiwan we can buy freshly cook ingredients like tofu, taro, and even fresh instant noodles.
What I did was boil some water, then add all the ingredients. Let it boil again, then just drop some vege (any greens) that's it! It's good for 2 persons and it's economical too!

Here's the ingredients:

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cooking Dried Tofu



5 pieces dried tofu

1 celery

Seasoning: salt or soysauce, sesame oil


Heat 1T oil, fry tofu, add seasoning. Then add celery and mix well.

2.) DRIED TOFU WITH SMALL FISH - Same procedure except it has wine and sugar.

Vietnamese Grilled Prawns

Vietnamese Cooking

1 small onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon peanut oil

1 pound jumbo shrimp or king prawns

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teasponn freshly ground black pepper

2 lime juice

1 tablespoon peanut butter


Mix the onion and garlic with peanut oi. Add prawns and toss to coat. Leave to marinate for at least three hours or overnight. Grill the prawns or broil them fo about 5 minutes, turning once. Whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce and pour it into a small sauce bowl, placed at the center of the platter of prawns.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Green Beans with Fish Flakes

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300 grams green beans

1 T olive oil (or sesame oil)

3 cloves garlic, minced

5 T dry fish flakes

salt and pepper to taste

  1. Boil water and add 1 t salt.
  2. Add green beans and cook until tender-crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove beans and drain.
  3. Heat oil, add garlic until fragrant. Add beans, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in the platter, sprinkle with fish flakes. Serve.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Simple Marinated Milk Fish


boneless milkfish



garlic, minced



Combine all the ingredients. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.

Heat oil, fried until cook.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tofu and Vegetable Soup

Tofu Soup


few shrimps

any vegetables


salt and pepper to taste


Saute' ginger then shrimp or prawns, then fofu

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add water

After boiling, add rest of the vegetables

Cover and simmer for few minutes.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Korean Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad (Korean Style)

1/2 head small cabbage

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt / or fish sauce (optional)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp vinegar/or lime

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 stalk green onion


Chop the cucumber.

Chop the 2 green onions

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix.

Serve with any dish or eat as a snack.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fresh Salad with Tuna

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1 can tuna in water

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup chopped avocado

1/2 cup chopped radish

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 cup chopped romaine lettuce


4 t extra-virgin olive oil

2 T lemon or lime juice

2 c garlic, finely chopped

1/2 t black pepper

salt (optional)

Toss all the vegetable in a big bowl. Mix the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and pepper. Drizzle ober salad.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fish in Light Soysauce

Fried Fish in Light Soysauce
1 slice of fish (any white meat fish)
2 slices of ginger
1 stalk of green onion

Seasoning (1)
1T light soysauce
1t cooking wine
2T water
green onion and ginger (chopped)

Seasoning (2)
1T light soysauce
1/4 t sugar
3 T hot water
little sesame oil

Marinate the fish for about 15-30 minutes in seasoning (1) .
Fry the fish until very dark. Remove the fish.
Place the seasoning (2) in the pan, bring to a boil.
Add the fish, and let it boil for few more minutes.
Remove the fish from the sauce, and lay in a platter.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Simple Stir-Fry Cabbage

(I used Taiwanese cabbage, sort of sweet!)
Stir-fry Taiwanese Cabbage
A very simple and easy way... if you're in a hurry!

1/2 head cabbage
few basil leaves (or any herbs)
1T light soysauce
1T sesame oil
1 egg
black pepper

Heat 1T sesame oil, sautee garlic and onion until fragrant.
Add cabbage, stir-fry.
Add soysauce and black pepper to taste.
Add i egg, stir-fry evenly.
Add basil, before serving.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Scrambled Egg with Tomatoes

Scrambles Egg with Tomato (Chinese Style)

I love the blend taste of sour, salty and sweet. This is one of my favorite dish here in Taiwan.
It's very healthy and easy to prepare. Enjoy!

3 eggs
3 tomatoes
2T olive oil
2T sugar
1/2t salt
a pinch of black pepper
1/8 t chicken powder.

Beat the egg, add chicken powder.
Slice tomatoes.

Heat 2T olive oil, add egg don't mix.
Turn slowly while cutting big sizes, don't overcooked, set aside.
Sautee the tomatoes, add salt, sugar, and pepper.
Stir-fry until well-mixed. Cover, and simmer for another minute.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bottlegourd with Shrimp

1 small upo (bottle gourd or white squash)
100 g shrimp - shelled and deveined
1small tomato
1small onion
3 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1T olive oil

Boil shrimp head in 1 1/2 cups of water. Save the stock.
Heat 1T oil, Saute garlic and onion, then add tomato.
Add shrimp and cook until pink.
Add upo and shrimp stock.
Simmer it for 4-5 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let it boil until the upo is cooked.

Serve on top of rice! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simply Fried Tofu

Spicy Fried Tofu
Spicy Tofu
1 pack tofu (i used silken coated with egg)
2 cloves garlic
2 stalk green onion
1 chili hot pepper
(the i used is not hot, so I added a little bit of chili paste)
1T light soysauce
2T olive oil
pinch of black pepper

Heat oil, fried the tofu until golden brown.
Remove the fofu, add all the remaiing ingredients.
Add a little water, let it boil, return the tofu.

Sweet Sauce
Same procedure, after frying, just add 1T of soysauce,
1/2t of sugar, black pepper, green onion.

No Sauce Tofu
Just fry, then put some tuna flakes on top.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Korean Cucumber Salad

(Oi Muchim)


3 smal/thin cucumber

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

1 tsp vinegar/or lime

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 stalk green onion


Slice the cucumber into 1/4 pieces.

Chop the 2 green onions

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mix.

Serve with any dish or eat as a snack.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shredded Beef-Green Pepper

(Chinese Style)

Shredded Beef & Green Pepper
200 g beef
2 green pepper
ginger shred

Seasoning (1) 2T light soysauce, 2T water, 1/2 T cornstarch
Seasoning (2) 1/4 t salt, 1/4 t sugar

Shred the beef 3-4 cm, marinate in seasoning (1) for 30 minutes.
Cut and shred the green pepper.
Heat 3T of oil to stir-fry beef over high heat, set aside.
Stir-fry green ginger and green pepper with 1T oil,
add a little water, salt, and sugar, stir evenly.
Add beef in, stir-fry evenly.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Stewed Tomato


1/4 cup green bell pepper
1/8 cup thinly sliced celery

1 teaspoon (red wine) vinegar

1/2 small chopped onion

1 and 1/2 cup chopped peeled tomatoes

pinch of ground black pepper


Heat oil, add bell pepper, celery, onion, and garlic

Saute for 5 minutes or until vegetable is tender.

Add tomatoes, vinegar, and black pepper.

Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stirring occasionally.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tofu-Eggplant in Oyster Sauce

2 long eggplant
1 tofu
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 onion
2T oyster sauce
2T olive oil
2T sesame oil
a pinch black pepper

Heat 2T olive oil, fry tofu until golden brown, set aside.
Heat 2T sesame oil, add onion, red bell pepper, and eggplant until cook.
Add oyter sauce, black pepper, and tofu to blend the flavor.
Cover for a mintue or two. Serve.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bittergourd in Oyster Sauce

2 white bitter gourd (or any kind of ampalaya)
(no need to soak in salt water, not bitter at all)
100 g shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 sliced red bell pepper
7 cloves garlic
2T vegetarian oyster sauce (or salt to taste)
pinch of garlic and pepper powder
2T olive oil

Heat olive oil, sautee garlic until fragrant, add ampalaya and oyster sauce until half cook.
Add shrimp, pepper and garlic powder, stir-fry until mixed. Add red bell pepper. Mix for few seconds.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Beansprout Salad

Bean Sprout (Korean Dish)
A Korean side dish, but i wrap it in a crepe as a meal.
Beansprout Rolls
1 pack of beans sprout
2 stalk green onion
1t sesame oil
1T sesame seed
1/4 t sugar
1/4 t garlic and pepper powder

Boil the sprouts for 5 minutes.
Rinse with cold water. Drain.
Add the ingredients.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mung Bean Noodles with Tomatoes

I experiment this recipe, i used to have the stewed tomatoes and onions,
instead I added Italian seasoning and mozarella cheese. Yummy!

Vermicelli with Stewed Tomatoes
2 chopped tomatoes (peeled)
1/4 chopped green bell pepper
1/2 small onion
2clove garlic
1 stalk chopped celery
1/2 t red wine vinegar (optional)
a pinch of Italian Seasoning (optional)
Mozarella cheese (optional)
a pinch of salt and black pepper

Heat oil, Add garlic, oinon, bell pepper, celery, tomatoes.
Sautee for 5 minutes. Add vinegar and salt/pepper, italian
seasoning, mozarella cheese. Add little water. Bring to boil.
Cover, and reduce heat, simmer for 15, stirring occassionally.
Place on top of vermicelli.
Serve hot.

This one is no need to cook the sauce, just chop all the ingredients and Toss.
Vermicelli with Fresh Chopped Tomatoes and Basil Leaves
1 tomato
few fresh basil leaves
1 stalk green onion
1/2 t fresh garlic
low fat mozarella cheese (or any cheese)
1T extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients. Toss well.
Place on top of vermicelli.
Chill and serve.
(This is good for summer!)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Lemon Chicken

1.) Grilled Lemon Chicken
boneless chicken breast
lemon juice
salt and pepper powder
Brush lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper garlic onto the chicken. Grill for 10-15 minutes.
2.)Stir-fry Lemon Chicken (Chinese Style)
2 boneless chicken breast
1 lemon
Seasoning (1) 1 egg white, 1/2 t cornstarch Seasoning
(2) 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t sugar

Slice chicken thinly, marinate seasoning (1). Rinse lemon, reserve parts of skin to shred finely. Squeeze out 1T lemon juice. Heat 3T olive oil, stir-fry chicken rapidly over high heat until white, add seasong (2) and lemon juice, stir-fry until mixed. Sprinkle with shredded lemon peel before removing from heat. Serve.

Note: The fragrance of the lemon will whet your appetite!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spicy Basil Chicken

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1 chicken breast (cube)

1/2 C basil or more

1 C mushroom

1 tomato

1 small onion

2 garlic cloves

1 T cornstarch

2 T cornstarch

2T oyster sauce

2T light soysauce

1t sweet soysauce or sugar

chili pepper
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1. For the sauce mix all (Squeeze) tomato juice, soysauce, oyster sauce, sweet soysauce, cornstarch.

2. Chopped tomato, onion, and mushroom.

3. Heat oil, sautee garlic, add chicken, add vegetables.

4. Add the sauce, then onion.

5. When almost cook, add fresh basil.

Serve on top of steam rice!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chicken Patola with Misua

1 medium patola (sponge gourd)
200 g chicken
3 slices ginger (optional - nilagyan ko lang)
3 cloves garlic
4 cups of water
50g misua
1T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste (I use patis)

Heat 1T oil, saute garlic and ginger.
Add the chicken, cook until turns white.
Add 4 cups of water, salt and pepper.
Let it boil, add patola and simmer for 3 minutes.
Finally, add misua and bring to a boil until cooked.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Marinara with Alfredo Sauce

Hubby's mission: to cook Marnara for his wifee...

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About Me & Disclosure

Food is the Symbol of Culture
It often the first aspect through which we touch another culture (Dr. W. Chang, my professor). I'll try to cook different kind of food, from different places around the world. Some have no exact recipe, just a little bit of this, a little bit of that! Some... I've watched them from different sites, some given to me by friends, some are from my family, some are just my experiment! Mostly, I add lots of vegetables to my dish.

I've been living in Taiwan for so many years, I decided to try cooking some of the food around the corner, specially what they called "snacks", I bought some recipe books, some are bilingual, some are not and it's a challenge for me to interpret what's written - it's all in Chinese!

In the Philippines, I used to assist my older sister in her kitchen, every time she's cooking or baking. I enjoyed chopping, sifting, whisking, mixing, etc., but I don't know exactly what she's doing. All I know is, I love her cooking! When I left home and live here in Taipei, I didn't cook for the first 5 years. First, I don't have kitchen in my place, then there are lots of 7/24 places to eat. It's cheaper to buy than to cook!

When I moved to Taipei County, I was so excited because I have a kitchen of my own and little by little I started cooking some simplest dish and using the freshest ingredients I can find, decreasing the use of preservatives and so on!

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