Category Archives: Food

Major Grocery Victory

So while shopping for groceries today, i discovered that 空心菜 is finally back in season!

While cooking it usually has a pretty tedious prep process (remove all the leaves from stems), it can be made into 2 dishes quite easily! You can cook the leaves with diced garlic for the traditional 蒜蓉空心菜 and then dice the stems and add some 豆豉辣椒 for a pretty traditional 湖南豆豉辣椒空心菜根  (creative naming, right?). I think I’ve just found my food for the next couple of lunches at work.

To add on top of that, I just found out that the local Korean market sells eel! Some say that 99 ranch has it too – but I have not yet been able to locate it (or at least in the one that’s close to me). Have been wanting to cook some unagi (and duck – but haven’t found a right time to do so yet). Dinner tonight:

番茄炒蛋 (tomato and eggs)
烤鳗鱼 (unagi)
Pan Seared Opah (don’t know how to translate “pan-seared” in chinese, haha. Opah = 月鱼)
苋菜汤 (Zen Choy soup)

Interesting note: For some reason, the storekeeper at the local Korean grocery market keeps offering me Yakult Yogurt when I’m paying for my stuff. I wonder if she just has an overstock of Yakult Yogurt that she wants me to buy from or if shes just using it as a retention tool. Either way, its working!

1:00AM Cooking

Product of my new late night cooking schedule (being an actuary is tough!):

Steamed Rice
Sauteed Swiss Chard
Pan Seared Opah
Cubed Steak with Mushrooms
Over-hard Eggs

You can’t really see much other than the steak and eggs, I guess you’ll just have to trust me on the rest 😛

Taiwan! – Day Two

Today is gonna be extremely picture heavy for 2 reasons:

1) I went for a morning walk around the hotel I stayed at – super nice.

2) Nightmarket in 高雄!

Itinerary: 日月潭云品酒店 – 日月潭边 – 赤莰楼 – 台南 – 延平郡王祠  – 高雄 – 六合夜市 – 爱河 – 高雄莲潭国际酒店

Some other things of note:

1) I heard about 槟榔西施 (pretty women selling betelnuts) in Tainan, so I decided to look around. Found a couple betelnut stands but all owned by 大妈 (imagine Susan Boyle). Am I doing something wrong?

2)  I think I’m going to start reading more about Taiwanese history.

3) I want a blunderbuss (saw one at the museum that did not allow photography)

4) 90% of females in Tainan wear mouth masks with varied designs. Is this a new fad?

5) 5 was added in here because I like round numbers and 4 didn’t cut it for me.

Until next time!

Taiwan! – Day One

While running on extremely intermittent sleep, my first day in Taiwan went a little something like this.

The schedule:

台北福华酒店 - 台中 - 日月潭 - 慈恩塔 - 文武庙 - 日月潭云品酒店


Until next time!


Because I can.

My Sunday…

Made completely from scratch. Exhausted from all the puff pastry making/shell forming.

Tastes awesome though 🙂

Finally someone comes out and says it


Just know that when you’re ordering steak “well-done,” you’re not really ordering beef anymore, you’re ordering a brick.

Kimchi-Spam Musubi


Anyone interested in the recipe + instructions?

First Attempt at Making Korean Food

Partial Success! I think I added too much Kimchi in the Soondooboo… but it still tastes decent nonetheless. Also, now I kinda wished I went for spicy chili pepper powder instead of the mild one that was on sale…