Maybe Taiwan has started to influence me, because i eat rice everyday nowadays, in my soup. Rice soup is often eaten when you’re sick or for breakfast, but I prepare my own for diner. I don’t really like the Asian version because I find it too bland, so I use the same principle to make a different one. It’s simple and convenient for students, you just need the micro-waves and 8mn!
– 1 asian instant soup of your choice (they’re creamier than the western soup and don’t have the ame flavors)
– 3 table soups of rice
– Tofu, mushrooms….whatever you want
– Spices if you want: I use curry if it can go with the instant soup
Put your rice, soup powder and all the other things you want to add in you soup. Add enough water to cover everything, mix and put 8mn in the micro-waves. Ready!
You can put whatever you want in your soup, so it’s always different.
Last week, I tried their meal for the first time. I was expecting some fried noodles with what i read, but i ended up with a spicy noodle soup with clamps. Oh oh. The joys of my basic level in Chinese.
Anyway, spicy here is spicy, they don’t joke about it. Clamps had all things inside, with was nice compared to some other restanraunts were they’re empty. However the one and only shrimp wasn’t in it best shape. The fried tofu was like a sponge because of the soup. Noodles were just noodles, but truthfully i couldn’t taste anything since my mouth was in fire and totally burn.
Not exceptional. Advantage: it’s cheap and big. Next time i’ll try their rice, since all locals take rice.
Again a recipe to have some vegetables. However i don’t know most of the veggies here and i don’t speak chinese well enough to find the translation. And since there’s only one micro waves, the easiest thing to cook is soup.
– chicken broth
– one little pumpkin (800g)
– 1 liter of water
– half an onion
Cut the pumpkin, the onion in small pieces and put into 1L of water with one cube of chicken broth and salt. Cook for around 15mn in the micro waves.
The Taiwanese students brought us to a typical restaurant. I was able to recognize to dishes that i had already tried, but the discovery of the day was the fried tofu (the biggest picture). That’s really good! Otherwise, as usual: a tofu soup, cabbage, tofu and oysters (didn’t try this one, you know why), chicken, omelette with shrimps, pig blood, bamboo, mushrooms, beef and onions, and beef and cabbage. Nice, but the beef and onion wasn’t that great because of the meat.
Another typical Taiwanese breakfast this morning, congee, or a rice soup with mushrooms, corn, green oignon, youtiao. That’s hot, spicy (pepper i guess), and you really feel like you’re a child eating your porridge. This one wasn’t really good i guess, too compact, but i think that’s not that bad compared to some other things. I’ll try another shop if i can, but that’s the only one near NCCU selling those things…
I asked one of my teacher if she knew some good noodle restaurant around the campus, and she gave me this one.
I chose a simple one. It’s really hot so if you’re not used to, don’t buy it during summer. It’s a little bit spicy, but not too much, and i loved it. The soup is great, and the noodles too. It’s a little bit more expensive than the usual for the neighbourhood, but it’s worthing it i guess.
At the end of the street on the right when you are at the main gate
It’s written on a green board.
Some Taiwanese friends shew us the way to try a typical dessert. I was quite scared actually with my past experiences with Taiwanese desserts, but this one was ok. This is called Douhua, it’s a soup with some kind of paste which is actually the same thing as tofu but less solid (that’s what i understood). The flavors are mainly with beans (red beans, green beans, tapioca, peanuts…). You can ask for/without ice.
It’s jelly-like and it’s a soup again, but the flavors were a little better, and even if it’s still quite sweet, it’s better than the desserts i’ve tried so far. I might eat it again once or twice in the year.