Cooking The Taiwanese Way!

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The long weekend is here and you want to whip up some unique recipes for your friends and family? The April long weekend is always one that people are happy to celebrate with an outdoor or indoor gathering, but have we ever been more excited about it than this year? Well, we have got you a selection of unique Taiwanese recipes you can prepare at home as unique treats or even if you’re heading to a cottage or cabin this weekend, these outdoor-friendly recipes can be enjoyed by the lake. Here’s how you can bring Taiwan tastes to your kitchen with simple steps and easy to get ingredients. Rest, relax and rejoice with some Taiwanese delights this long weekend! Be prepared to garner compliments, thank us later!
Hugo Wang, Taiwanese Master Chef and Founder of Moon of Taj gives us a few recipes that can be easily adopted at home.

Bubble Tea
 Known to be a famous drink of Taiwan that was invented in 1980s in Taichung. The tea based drink has unique add-ins like coffee jelly, tapioca (Sago) pearls or lychee jelly. These are added in to give chewy texture along with the flavors that makes this beverage so popular than Starbucks in Taiwan. One can try different blends while experimenting at home.

Essential Ingredients:

  1. Milk
  2. Ice cubes
  3. Boiled tapioca pearls (Sago)- Black ones preferably
  4. Breakfast tea
  5. Sugar-water
  6. Cocktail Shaker
  7. Milk powder (coffee mate)

Procedure:
Step 1: Make the tea- Add two tea bags in hot water.
Step 2: Add Ice cubes, Milk powder and sugar and the prepared tea in the shaker.
Step 3: Shake it well and now add the tea in a glass containing boiled Tapioca pearls/Sago.

Layered Crepe Dessert from Taiwan

Essential Ingredient:

  1. Fresh Milk
  2. Butter
  3. 10 g Castor Sugar
  4. ¼ Salt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. Plain flour (50gms)
  7. Tapioca flour (10gms)
  8. 100 ml cream
  9. Fruits
  10. Ice cream of your choice
  11. Strawberry/ Caramel/ Chocolate syrup

Procedure:
Step 1: Prepare crepes: Pour fresh milk, butter in a non-stick saucepan and boil. As soon as the butter melts, turn off heat. Add sugar, salt and stir until sugar dissolves. Leave mixture to cool. Now, heat a non-stick pan, lightly grease pan, and pour a ladle of batter, ladle the crepe batter to cover the whole pan. Cook over low heat, flipping the crepe over once.
Step 2: Now, whip the cream until the mixture forms soft peaks.
Step3: Creating Layers: Lay a piece of crepe, spread some cream over it and place a layer of sliced strawberries, cover them with some cream, top with another piece of crepe, followed by a layer of sliced kiwis, covering with some cream. Lay another layer of crepe, add a layer of peaches with cream and add a final layer of the crepe.
* Leave to chill in the refrigerator.

Serving Tips:
* Right before serving, slice the filled crepe into pieces of the rectangle shape.
* Scoop ice cream over and drizzle some strawberry/chocolate/caramel syrup. Serve immediately.
* Taiwan, is renowned as the ‘Fruit Kingdom’, is rightly bounteous in its rich variety of homegrown fruits. With its perfect geographical location fruits in this island nation taste twice as good as anywhere else in the world. Layered Crepe dessert is therefore has been tailored as a tribute to the luscious fruits of Taiwan. Rush for sweets, for any occasion, this recipe can be best for the dessert lovers.

Healthy Taiwanese Chicken Soup

Ingredient:

  1. Water to soak mushrooms
  2. 1 whole chicken, weighing 4 to 4 1/2 pounds
  3. 6 cups boiling water
  4. ¼ cup rice wine or sake
  5. 5 Chinese dried black mushrooms
  6. 4 slices fresh ginger, smashed lightly with a flat edge of a knife
  7. 1 teaspoon salt

Procedure:
Soak Mushrooms in water for 30 minutes. Cut the chicken through the bones into serving-size pieces. Combine the chicken, mushrooms, boiling water, ginger and salt in a heavy big pot.
Put several inches of water in the big pot, and boil.
Cover the pot with the soup and cook over medium heat for 1.5 hours. Replenish the big pot with more boiling water.
“This complete protein recipe for the health conscious people. The perfect combination of mushroom and chicken is liked by all.”

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