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NCCU – 蔥油餅 and other 餅

4 Jul

A new shop has opened near NCCU (again, yeah), and it sells one of my favorite Taiwanese snack: green onion pancakes, or 蔥油餅. Basicaly, it’s 50% 餅 (pancake), 40% 油 (oil) and 10% 蔥 (green onion). You can have the thin ones like omelettes (here you change the proportions: 50% oil and 40% pancake), or the huge ones, bigger than pizza and thicker too. These ones are a little like pizza dough/focaccia. The shop vendor will cut it in 8/6 and then when you buy it, he cuts it again in smaller pieces and gives it to you in a bag.

I went there several times to try some of their other 餅 since one is pretty huge. I tried the Coconut pancake and the Sesame pancake. Coconut one is dry and pretty empty so not that good, and the sesame one is not really what i execpt concerning the sesame. I like it traditional small buns where it’s still seeds, but here it’s just like a jam that has lost its flavor.

So for the 蔥油餅, you can go there, but for the other products….

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THE Mango Sticky rice…

26 Feb

Mango Sticky rice. I think i could die because my stomac would explose after eating too much of it. In the end, i nearly had one everyday, and i had to buy one in the Airport just before leaving Thaïland because i would miss it too much otherwise.

It’s one of the simpliest receipe ever: mango, sticky rice and coconut milk. Sometimes the most basics things are the better.In  Thaïland, you find it in plastic bags most of the time, on the markets. In Laos, it was in restaurants. But my favorite were the one from Laos, while it’s supposed to be from Thaïland…

But not all Mango Sticky rice are good. Some don’t have enough coconut milk or aren’t sweet enough, so it ends up being not really not. I think i’ll try it with vanilla sugar back home to give even more flavor.

The receipe? Here it is, but if i were you, i would add more coconut milk. I also add here vanilla sugar but i haven’t tried the receipe so far. I think this one needs some improvements, but i’ll try to modify it when i will have a proper kitchen.

Ingredients:
– 1 ripe mango
– 2 cups of sticky rice soaked overnight
– half a cup of coconut milk
– 4 table spoons of sugar
(- 1 table spoon of vanilla sugar)
– half a tea spoon of salt
– 1 tea spoon of rice flour
– 1 table spoon of fried mung bean

Steam the sticky rice around 10mn and remove it to the mixing bowl. Heat up the coconut milk and then add sugar and salt. Still until it dissolves.
Add 3/4 of the coconut milk in the mixing bowl with the sticky rice land stir well with a lid, then cover with a lid. Let the rice absorb the coconut milk for 15 mn.

Cook the remaining milk with rice flour and stir again until it dissolves.
Tranfer your rice in the plates, cut your peeled mango and top the whole with the coconut milk that you previously cooked. You can use the fried mung beans to give a little crispy.

I prefer to eat it when it’s still warm, but you can also wait if you prefer.

Curry…did you say Curry?

22 Feb

Another delicacy of southern Asia is…Curry! I can’t even remember how many curries i ate. Coconut milk and spices… and chicken (for me)…so damn good. That’s also why you can easily find Indian restaurants. The curry is nothing related to Japanese and Taiwanese curry which taste nothing compared to those.

Mom’s Pie – NCCU delivery

24 Nov

Since today i finished my exam and wasn’t really happy about the Chinese one, i decided that i needed something sweet. And, lucky me, tiday is Thanksgiving day. So the “famous” pie seller around the university that usually only comes on Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 8pm stayed longer today. I was finally able to taste these pies that everyone talk about in the area and that taipei food blogs also know. I was then expecting much about these. I was quite disappointed.

I chose 3 (i’ve been wanting to try them for 3 months now, so of course, i had to try several!): Pinapple coconut cheesecake, coffee cheesecake and strawberry banana pie. I must say that was the first time that i remember eating a cheesecake (i ate once in NYC but i can’t remember the taste, so..). I think that i just don’t like the cake in itself, because both cheesecake weren’t that good. I mean, it’s easy, you can’t really taste the fruit or coffee flavors and i don’t really enjoy this texture that’s creamy but heavy and too much cheese flavor. That’s the cake in itself that i don’t like, so i can’t really judge it, since that’s also my first time eating one.

However the strawberry banana pie was ok. Not exceptional though. I will not travel around the city to get one, and i don’t think i’ll buy another neither. I ate 3 and i was still hungry as if i hadn’t eaten anything! It’s still too “American like” dessert, which are usually not my cup of tea, except a few sweets. 

Mom’s Pie
75 Neihu Road, Section 2
Neihu District

In front of Kuma
Tuesday, Thursday
3pm to 8pm

Coconut Bun

27 Oct

A great disappointement. First the bun is a way too oily and dried.

Secondly the cream: just like american cream: heavy, without taste. I just got the feeling that i’m eating plain cream (then what’s the point of creating vanilla?). As far as i love French whipping cream, i hate american’s one. So this already was a big mistake.
And then, the coconut, dried and without much flavor.
Another thing: the cream amount was ridiculous compared to the bun.

In the end: disliked the cream, bad balance between coconut, cream and bun. I’ll never take this cake again.

Alan’s Coconut

27 Oct

Why Alan’s Coconut?

Alan is a nice man taking care of us at the front desk. He’s known for making delicious coffee (according to the students who tried his coffee, it’s the best ever) and is there during the night and early morning. So i had this coconut in my hands (it looks more like a turnip to me but anyway…) and i wanted to eat it, but the traditional way of beating the coconut with a knife to open it  wasn’t working. I guess it’s because it’s smaller and the cockle isn’t the same. I was only able to drink the juice (delicious by the way).

Desesperated i went at the front desk to ask if there was a way to open it and if there was a special way to eat it. Then Alan took a big stuff that looked like a cork screw (dunno what it was) and started knocking it on the coconut. 1 minute later, it was open and just like a egg, perfect to be eaten with a spoon! So this becomes Alan’s Coconut! Thanks Alan!

Now the fruit: the inside is really thin and all soft compared to an usual coconut. It’s also a little bit pink. I liked it, but really not convenient to eat.

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