Glutinous Rice Balls/Tangyuan (湯圓)

Who doesn't like balls? Especially when their filled with meat or something sweet? Nobody I say! Nobody! Learn how to create your own sphere of happiness in our first recipe with videos!

This recipe is focused on a meat filling, the sesame filling will be covered in a future post.

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Oyster Pancake (蚵仔煎 / ô-á-chiān)

A pancake, but not one you'll find at IHOP. This savory delight is sure to perk up the taste buds.

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Cherry Tomatoes with Prunes

 

This is one of the most popular snacks in Taiwan. In the olden days we would buy a package of this before heading to the theater.  You can still buy this from street vendors.

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Oven-Fried Pork Chop

 

Pork Chop Bento (排骨飯 Pái-Gǔ Fàn)

Taiwanese Deep-Fried Pork Chop is adapted from Japanese Tonkatsu. Pork Chop Bento (排骨飯 Pái-Gǔ Fàn) is one of the popular street foods in Taiwan. You also can find Pork Chop Bento (排骨飯 Pái-Gǔ Fàn) in many people's bento box during the lunch or dinner hours.

I used to deep fry my pork chops, but I felt so guilty throwing away the used oil (we recycle EVERYTHING in Taipei City since 2000). I have used the oven-fried method to make this dish for the last 5 years. Of course, the texture will be different from the deep fried method, but it is good enough for me. 

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Taiwanese Omelette (chhai-po nng, 菜脯蛋)

A classic Taiwanese egg side dish suitable as a standalone item or mixed in with congee.

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Three Cup Chicken (三杯雞, sānbēijī)

Most modern Three Cup Chicken recipes don't contain the namesake quantity of soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil as the result would be too oily and heavy. Even so remember to fire up the rice cooker as this is not a dainty dish.

Thanks to Amanda Lao for the original recipe!

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Oyster Noodles

Oyster Noodles are a great dish for anyone seeking something hot and gooey.

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Poached Pork (Taiwanese Style)

Poached pork is a great method of preventing a debilitating bout of PDS (pork deficiency syndrome). No need to consult a doctor for this recipe, diagnosis: delicious.

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Shredded Taro Cake

A specialty hailing from Tainan, this dish is best served hot.

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Taiwanese-style Chicken Salad

It's too dangerously hot to cook or bake! Take this cool chicken salad with you!

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Pineapple Bars

Pineapple cakes (ông-lâi-so͘) are incredibly tasty but also incredibly difficult to make at home. This dead simple recipe for pineapple bars is an American twist on a Taiwanese tradition.

The final product ready for mouth enjoyment

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Green Onion Pancake / Iû-tshang-piánn

Enjoy one of the all time favorite Taiwanese snacks!

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Difficulty Level: Medium

Time till Eat: 90 minutes

Hands-on time: 50 minutes

Introduction and History of the Dish

Chinese legend has it that Venetian merchant Marco Polo once had a Green Onion Pancake (蔥油餅 | iû-tshang-piánn in Taiwanese | cōng yóubǐng in Mandarin) in China, and upon returning to Italy, missed it so much and tried to have someone recreate it. Unable to recreate the green onions inside the pancake, they tried put it on top of the pancake instead, and the pizza was born.

We don't know how much truth is there to this story, but Taiwanese love their Green Onion Pancake and could care less of if pizza was its cousin at all. They can be served as breakfast, an afternoon snack, or as part of a meal. Green onion pancake vendors usually open shop near schools as students usually grab these as a snack at the end of the day.

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