The basic one from marmiton and my favorite dish when it comes to veggies, but with Taiwanese ingredients which are slightly differents than western ones.
– 2 peppers
– 3 long eggplants
– 7 tomatoes (small ones, otherwise, 6 are enough)
– 2/3 chinese zucchini
– 1 onion
– 2 garlics
– salt & pepper
– olive oil
Peel your zucchini (you can’t eat the skin which is too hard, that’s one main difference with the western one) and cut it in small cubes. Cut your eggplants in slices.
Use one spoon of olive oil to cook your zucchini, wait 10 minutes and add your eggplants, and cook for 15mn and put aside once it’s ready.
In a pan, put 2 table spoons of olive oil and add your onion in slices and your pepper in thin slices. Wait until your onions change color, then add the tomatoes, thyme, salt, pepper, garlic. Cover it and let it stew for about 45minutes. Add then zucchini and eggplants, and wait again 10 minutes, and correct the taste if needed.
You can eat it hot, cold, with scrambled eggs and ham, rice or pasta.
I found the recipe on David Lebovitz website a few months ago, and I really wanted to try it after being back home, but since i found that the oven works quite well in Taipei, I couldn’t resist.
– olive oil
– pepper & salt
Peel and cut in slices your squash. In a plate going to the oven, mix olive oil, garlic in small pieces, salt & pepper and thyme. Add your squash and make sure all side are covered by the mix.
Put in the oven for 20mn (high position). Unfortunately i can’t say for the degree because the oven i use only has 3 positions: low, normal and high.
Finally! After 4 months at NCCU, i finally found a place where you can get vegetables only and not oily (a miracle, believe me!). Because vegetables here seem to be unknowned by Taiwanese. I mean, you have noodles, rice, soup, but if you want only vegetables without oil, so far i only found the stewed take-away stands, and they only have cabbage or broccoli. So if you want some choice, well, that’s too bad for you but you won’t eat. Or you can have salads, but salads in winter…
I know i’m late to find restaurants (everyone seem surprised that i only tried a very few restaurants so far)
My dream right now is my parents “Ratatouille”: a lot of veggies!
So, anyway, back to the restaurant. You have a lot of choice concerning vegetables: spinach, pepper, cabbage, mash potato, beans, green beans, cauliflore, carrots, cucumber, boiled dim sum… welle everything that’s perfect for me. Ok, the spinach are a little too cooked, the cuncumbers too salted, but well, i can bear it if it’s for vegetables. The mash potato is really strange though: sweet, with eggs, carrots and corns inside (i think that’s what makes it sweet), and this for only 48TWD, which is the price of an apple with a jujube (so this is far better).
1rst restaurant on the left
It’s a mix between a dumpling and a “bao”, because that’s a fried bao, but with a thiner dough. It’s really nice, and only 12 TWD for one. You can choose between meat, green vegetables or cabbage.
You have a lot of small shops selling it around Taipei Main Station.
Another typical thing here is that students often eat in plastic bags. I don’t know if they are aware that plastic bags are bad for the evironment, but they use a lot of them: for breakfast you can easily have 2 or 3 plastic bags, then for your drinks, then for your lunch that you bring to class, and then for your dinner. So usually you use at least 4 plastic bags per personn per day. Let’s say that there are 23 146 090 people in Taiwan, it makes 92 584 360 plastic bags used each day. That’s crazy.
Anyway, i’m not here to talk about that. I tried some food in a stall, where you pick what you want, they cook it for you, and then they directly put your food into the platic bag that they close. So you don’t have any plate, you directly eat in the plastic bag with the sauce in it. Nice. But that’s the only kind of restaurant where you can find vegetables that are not too oily and still affordable. And despite its look, that’s not bad actually.
I think i’ve nearly tried everything now concerning the typical taiwanese breakfast (except pastries and plain sandwiches). So this one is a rice ball filled with watherver you want again: cheese, vegetables, bacon, eggs… It’s nice too, but i prefer the Shaobing.
Another breakfast: Shaobing. Basically, it’s like a sandwich with a sesame bread (i think it’s with several layers like a puffy pastry), filled with whatever you want. I chose vegetables and egg here. It’s quite good and i love this bread, just like last time. I’d rather eat it alone but i don’t know if that’s possible.