Oden, known in Mandarin as "Guan Dong Zhu", refers to fish paste that has been molded into various shapes and sizes, deep-fried, the boiled in a signature broth. Prior to serving, the pieces of solid fish paste are taken out of the broth and smothered in a rich, sweet sauce.
Despite its humble appearances, it delivers plenty of the sweet flavors and chewy textures beloved by several Asian cultures alike. Our version of Guan Dong Zhu is basically a Taiwanese take on Japanese oden, with more sugariness, tougher fish cakes and a signature sauce.
Instant noodles are a precooked and usually dried noodle block, sold with flavoring powder and/or seasoning oil. The flavoring is usually in a separate packet, although in the case of cup noodles the flavoring is often loose in the cup. Some instant noodle products are seal packed; these can be reheated or eaten straight from the packet. Dried noodle blocks are cooked or soaked in boiling water before eating. Instant noodles were invented by Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando in Japan. It was first marketed on 25 August 1958 by Ando's company, Nissin, under the brand name Chikin Ramen. Ando developed the production method of flash frying noodles after they had been made, creating the "instant" noodle. Instant noodles is a billion dollar business in Taiwan. There are so many brands and flavor to choose from, and so many creative ways to consume them. Crush the noodles, dunk them in hot pots, also the perfect comfort food. It can help you through a long night or even a disaster. People always stock up instant noodles before a storm comes.
Ground pork rice is a Taiwanese style rice dish commonly seen throughout Taiwan. The flavor may vary from one region to another, but the basic ingredients remain the same: ground pork marinated and boiled in soy sauce served on top of steamed rice. A Taiwanese saying goes, "Where there is a wisp of smoke from the kitchen chimney, there will be lurou fan" (braised pork with rice). The popularity of this humble dish cannot be overstated.
Grass jelly is an Asian dessert commonly served in China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In some parts of Asia this dessert is also known as leaf jelly. Generally, manufacturers sell grass jelly in cans, and you typically cut the grass jelly into pieces prior to eating. Grass jelly is made from the leaves and stalks of the mesona chineensis plant.
In Taiwan, grass jelly is known as xian cao, and is used in various desserts and drinks. It can sometimes be added to boba drinks and shaved ice. It is also commonly used in a traditional Taiwanese drink, where the jelly is heated and melted to be consumed as a thick dessert beverage, with numerous toppings like tangyuan, taro balls, azuki beans, and tapioca.
Ginger tea is an Asian herbal-beverage that is made from ginger root. It has a long history being used as an herbal medicine in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Ginger tea is usually used to prevent colds and to aid digestion, stomach upset, diarrhea, and nausea, and also as a home remedy for cough and sore throats. Ginger tea was also purported to aid blood circulation
Red Dates and Longan drink is good for the changing weather. It is a simple drink with only 3 ingredients - red dates, dried longan and rock sugar (optional). Red Dates also known as jujubes, are the most common dates used by Chinese. Dried longan fruit has calming properties and is used as a sweetener. It also lent its own subtle flavor, and if added too much can be over powering.
Red Dates are used for a variety of cooking styles, i.e. from herbal tonics, soups, Chinese liquors, teas, desserts, snacks, yogurts, milk, jams... and the lit goes on. Red Dates are for nourishing the body immune system, good for blood circulation and the stomach, and high in anti oxidants. Rock sugar has more complex flavor than granulated sugar which imparts a more rounded taste to the overall dish and therefore, is used sparingly to slightly sweeten the dish to become a dessert.
Thick toast is a snack frequently found at Taiwanese bubble tea shops. Garnished with usually sweet toppings such as Nutella or peanut butter, some do like savory toppings such as pork sung (a type of dried and shredded pork).
With locally produced ingredients wrapped in western-style pastry, Taiwan's pineapple cake are popuplar worldwide for their fantastic texture. It's an iconic souvenir no one can afford to miss.
Also called Glutinous Rice Rolls, one popular dish from Hong Kong Dim Sum, made with sweet sticky rice stuffed inside steam bun.
Steam Buns are a popular food, and widely available. While they can be eaten at any meal, baozi are often eaten for breakfast. In its bun-like aspect it is very similar to the traditional Chinese mantou. It can be filled with meat and/or vegetarian fillings.
As a traditional remedy for sore throats, this is one of our favourite drinks for the harsh Canadian winter. Mixed with the rich fragrance of Osmanthus, followed by the sweet scent of pear, this specialty drink is enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Milk tea refers to any form of beverage found in many cultures, containing some combination of tea and milk. Beverages vary based on the amount of each of these key ingredients, the method of preparation, and the inclusion of other ingredients (varying from sugar or honey to salt or cardamom).