February 11, 2015

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

While my baby girl (technically she’s turning 14 soon, but still my baby) and I were doing grocery shopping one day, she grabbed a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and enthusiastically suggested we should make something out of it. Well, that was random I thought. I couldn’t help but to smile a little inside...
February 9, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

May I confess? Prior to making this sinfully delicious icy treat, I’ve never eaten Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream before. Chocolate chip in ice cream I get it, but uncooked cookie dough? I’ve heard and seen of it but was just not compelled to try it. Perhaps, I’ve finally outgrown the inner child in me?? Gosh, I hope not...
February 6, 2015

Tiramisu in a Cup

Tiramisu means “pull me up” in Italian. This Italian dessert definitely “pulls” my senses in every positive way. Espresso-soaked Savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits) laced with a hint of marsala wine, sandwich in between layers of smooth luscious mascarpone cheese, dust with a rich, dark cocoa powder...
February 4, 2015

Creme Brulee

Hubby and I are very resistant when it comes to celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day in restaurants. We cannot fathom out the reason why couples are willing to spend the night dining in crowded restaurants which most likely are serving set menus and rushing through each course because of their fixed dining time. Don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving flowers (note to Hubby: not only on V-Day) and spending this special day with him, at the comfort of our own crib...
January 30, 2015

Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice) 滷肉飯

BNF Taiwan week won’t be complete without featuring this popular Taiwanese staple dish – Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice). Braising is one of my favorite method to cook meat. It is not only economical but also efficient. Braised meat taste even better the next day...
January 28, 2015

Three-cup Chicken 三杯鸡

I’m sure Three-cup Chicken aka San bei ji is no stranger to many of you. The three-cup here refers to the 3 main ingredients – soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. This classic Taiwanese dish is served in an earthen clay pot that is still sizzling and popping when presented at the table. The taste should be savory, sweet, tangy and bursting with fragrance all at once...
January 23, 2015

Salt and Pepper Squid 椒鹽鮮魷

I love cephalopods. Cepha-what? Octopus, cuttlefish, squid are some of the 300 classified species. I especially love chewing on the tentacles. So where did this dish originate from? Some say it is a Cantonese cuisine, others swore it is made popular by Taiwanese, where you could find them in almost every night markets...
January 21, 2015

Taiwanese Beef Noodles 牛肉麵

This is one of Taiwan’s most iconic dish. Every year, there would be an annual Taiwanese Beef Noodles Festival where chefs and restaurants compete for the title “Best Beef Noodles” in Taipei. There are many different versions – braised, clear soup base, dark soup base, etc. I personally prefer dark soup base laced with a subtle hint of spiced aroma...
January 16, 2015

Mini Potato Cakes

Mini potato cake (or potato patty) is another of my childhood favorite snack and one of mom’s “western food” recipe. Coming from a typical Asian family, our staple meals were mainly Chinese food so you can imagine when mom made us pork chops, French fries, garlic bread etc, our greedy little mouths would clean up everything on the plate...