Monthly Archives: April 2011

四季豆炒肉絲 Stir Fried Green Beans with Pork Shreds / 黑胡椒醬 Black Pepper Sauce

四季豆炒肉絲 (si ji dou chao rou si) Green Beans Stir Fried with Pork Threads. Green beans are a common sight on dinner tables and restaurants of all stripes in Taiwan usually stir fried or simmered in a highly flavored sauce … Continue reading

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獅子頭 Lion’s Heads

獅子頭 (shi zi tou) Lions Heads, these large fragrant meat balls surrounded by shreds of cabbage are said to resemble the head and shaggy mane of a lion. Perhaps if you squint. Despite whether you can make that imaginative leap … Continue reading

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New England Boiled Dinner and a Boiled Cake

Essentially corned beef  served with a greater array of vegetables. Like its English and Irish relatives (boiled beef & carrots and corned beef & cabbage) New England Boiled Dinner makes use of a cured, cheap cut of beef simmered until … Continue reading

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In Search of Egg and Beans on Toast

Years ago I was asked by a friend who knew I took an interest in English food, if I ever ate ‘egg and beans on toast’. Her mother was British and she grew up eating them and had a certain … Continue reading

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滷雞肫 Braised Gizzards(潮式滷水,萬用滷水)

When in Taiwan I occasionally hear some American expats speak of gizzards and other offal in the snack food street stalls as if one never finds such things in America. It strikes me that maybe back in the U.S. they … Continue reading

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Pork Chop [花瓜肉絲 (Stir fried Pickles and Pork),酸菜炒肉丁 (Diced Pork and Pickled Mustard Cabbage) , Japanese Curry,筍子排骨湯 (Bamboo Shoot and Pork Chop Soup)]

I suppose most people look at a pork chop as a single serving item… it makes up the meat bit in England’s ‘meat and 2 veg’, or the meat bit in America’s ‘meat, starch, another starch, and sugary soft drink … Continue reading

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Kimchi Jjigae (or tchigae and occasionally chigae)

Kimchi Jjigae (kimchi stew) is pure and simple comfort food, home cooking, Korean style. Now I have made so many bowls of kimchi jjigae that I don’t even know how long ago I started to make it or what life … Continue reading

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