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Comfort Food Recipe – Sesame Oil Chicken Soup

Published January 27, 2010 by Mary Jane

Morning People, it was hard getting up to get to work this morning…but yeah they really should have the public holiday on a Monday instead of a Tuesday. Anyways, this particular dish is very healthy and yummy – great for winter time but not too bad for summer time to bring down some heat. I was told that sesame oil are really good for your hair. Especially the dark sesame oil ones. Anyways, it’s great for when you’re sick as well. πŸ™‚

Here it is…

Sesame Oil Chicken Soup


1 whole chicken
3 table spoon of sesame oil
1/2 cabbage
1 small piece of ginger


1. Cut up the whole chicken into large pieces, and heat up pan with some oil – chuck in ginger and chicken pieces stir fry until golden brown. Add in some sesame oil – you can grab a bottle from Any of the Asian Grocery store.

2. Add in chopped cabbages, add water in to cover the chicken pieces add salt for seasoning – you cook the chicken faster by cooking it in a slow cooker – if you don’t have one that’s not a problem, just cook it under simmer heat for around 40 minutes until the meat is tender.

There you have it simple, delicious and healthy sesame oil chicken soup


Sesame Chicken Soup

Sesame Chicken Soup


Comfort Food Recipe – Five Spiced Chicken with Potato Salad

Published January 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, I’m getting hungry writing up these recipes – so this will be my last post for the day. πŸ™‚ I love Chinese Five spice – it makes a really nice aroma when you marinate with chicken or beef. This time I’m going to do another chicken dish along with a yummy potato salad. πŸ™‚

Here it is…

Five Spiced Chicken with Potato Salad


1 -2 chicken thighs
1 table spoon of Chinese five spice
1 teaspoon of soya sauce
2 -3 potatoes
1 cucumber
2 tablespoon of mayo
1 egg
some broccoli
2 -3 cloves of garlic


1. Marinate the chicken thighs with soya sauce and five spice – you can buy and chinese five spice from any of the Asian grocery store they come in packets. If you can marinate for 30 minutes it would be ideal otherwise overnight is ok too.

2. Heat oil in pan, and pop the marinated chicken thighs into the pan and heat up until it’s golden brown.

3. For potato salad, boil the potatoes and egg and drain and mix them together, chop up cucumbers and mix it with mayo, season with salt & pepper – if you have Japanese mayo or whole egg mayo they work best πŸ™‚

4. Mince garlic add in oil and heat up in the pan and stir fry the chopped broccoli

5. Plate up everything and you can serve it with Bryani rice – you can buy pre-mix bryani from Asian Grocery store and just cook it with steam rice.

There you have it awesome delicious five spiced chicken with potato salad.

Five Spice Chicken with Potato salad

Five Spice Chicken with Potato salad

Restaurant Review – Dumpling King

Published January 23, 2010 by Mary Jane

Good evening people, As I mentioned earlier that at lunch time I was going to visit a friend who recently had a baby boy. Anyways, I met up with a friend Miss S for lunch at one of our friend’s family restaurant – Dumpling King at Langford. Even though this restaurant is owned by one of our friend Miss J but I’m still going to put a rating on it without been bias..hehehe πŸ™‚

We got there pretty early around 11am as we wanted to visit our other friend at 12.30pm. We were one of the first customers, from the outside appearance it definitely looks like a hawker store rather small. However, once you step into the restaurant it’s actually quite big and spacious. On the menu it lists out mainly Taiwanese & Korean dishes with some Malaysian dishes. I felt like Korean today so we were deciding what to order…

We realised there was a board behind the counter which list out top 8 house specials – top 1 – dumplings and top 2 – Korean black bean dry noodle. So we decided to share dumplings together and I ordered Korean black bean dry noodles and Miss S ordered Korean spicy seafood noodle soup. Miss S wanted some kim chee but they didn’t have any kim chee. By that time we were wondering where is Miss J apparently she slept in and came to work late hahaha so when she arrived she gave us kim chee chives πŸ™‚ that was nice.

The boy who served us seemed very nervous however, he appears very friendly. The food came out very quickly, the presentation was great – the serving was huge we thought perhaps the dad gave us extra serving but we saw some other plates to other customers were huge too. The taste of my Korean black bean noodle was delicious just like the ones I see on Korean dramas. Miss S was also very happy with her spicy Korean seafood noodle soup, I had a taste of the soup and it was yummy.:-)

Here’s my star rating:

Dining experience- 3.5 star
Food experience – 4 star
Would I recommend going – YES

The only improvement I would suggest is to perhaps improve the decor of the restaurant, but since it’s a hawker style shop – it might just pass for the restaurant appearance. Also, they had paper menu posted on the wall with kim chee but they didn’t sell kim chee so it might make customers feeling disappointed…



Korean Black Bean Dry Noodle

Korean Black Bean Dry Noodle

Spicy Korean Seafood Noodle Soup

Spicy Korean Seafood Noodle Soup

Kim Chee Chives

Kim Chee Chives

Comfort Food Recipe – Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Published January 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Everyone, I’m continuing on with my Taiwanese dishes… well, Taiwanese dumplings goes extremely well with beef noodle soup. Taiwanese beef noodle soup is one of my favourite dishes and it’s so easy to make…here’s the recipes… πŸ™‚

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

500g beef briskets
1 x small piece of ginger
2 or 3 chinese 5 star spice
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
2 or 3 chillies
3 x table spoon of Soya sauce
1 x packet of noodles
some coriander or spring onions (optional)

1. For the beef briskets, you can also buy other beef cuts just make sure they have some sort of fats on them that’s what makes the soup taste good πŸ™‚ anyways, dice them into cubes. Heat up the pan with oil, mince the garlic, sliced the ginger into large pieces and chopped the chillies and chuck these into the pan along with the five star spices (you can get this chinese five star spices from any Asian grocery stores – it has a strong aroma if you don’t like it you can miss this out it’s optional). So stir fry the garlic and chili along with the chinese five spice and ginger until you can smell the strong aroma and throw in the beef pieces and stir fry it until it’s brown and add in some soya sauce continue to stir fry for a few minutes and pour in some boiling water – you can add more soya sauce if you would like the soup to be darker, adjust according to your preferences.
2. Now turn down the fire to simmer the soup for about 1/2 hour – 45 minutes until the meat is tender
3. Boil the noodles and drain it and put them into a bowl and add the beef soup and there you have it traditional taiwanese beef noodle soup to garnish add some coriander or chopped spring onions – they go really well with beef
4. For dipping sauces simply add soya sauce and cut chillies or chilli paste and you’re laughing!!


Comfort Food Recipe – Taiwanese Dumplings

Published January 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Everyone, hope this post finds you all well πŸ™‚ wow today is a special day for me why?? Cos it’s my birthday…grrr…I’m getting old but I think a year older a year wiser. So I’m glad to write this post for my birthday – my blog is my birthday pressie… a start to my little food dream. Anyways, I promised I would put up some recipes up cos I’ve done enough writing on the travelling part. So here’s the recipe for my friend Mr Y Taiwanese Dumplings

Taiwanese Dumplings

500g of pork mince
1/4 of cabbages
3 x spring onions
1 x small piece of ginger
1 x table spoon of seasame oil
1 x table spoon of corn flour
1 x packet of dumpling skins

1. First chop up the cabbages finely – the finer the better as it binds well with the pork mince mixture. Then mix the cabbages with the pork mince, finely grate the ginger, add the seasame oil, chopped the spring onions finely (you could also add chives in as well it’s optional), mix the corn flour with some water this helps bind the mixture together.
2. Open the packet of dumpling skins – you can make the dumpling skins yourselves but it’s easier just to buy a packet of pre-made dumpling skins from any Asian grocery stores. If you are keen to make your own. All you need is rolling pin, flour, salt and water and mix the flour, salt and water until it forms a dough and leave for 1/2 hour let it set and become elastic and roll the flour mixture into your palm so it forms a ball and flatten it with rolling pin until it forms a circle shape and thin enough you dont want the dumpling skin to be too thick cos it’ll become chewy but not too thin that it breaks when you put the mixture in.
3. Add 1 teaspoon amount of mixture into the centre of the dumpling skin and dab some water around the edges and fold the circle skin to 1/2 and you can add a few folds to that it binds the skin together (it’s optional)
4. To cook it you can either boil it or pan fried it. To boil it just pop them into hot boiling water and when they float on top they are cooked. To pan fried them, add some oil to the pan and pop them in and once the bottom becomes golden brown add a cup of water into it and cover it with a lid – what that does is to steam the dumpling and when all the water evaporates just take off the lid and let it simmer a bit.
5. For dipping sauce – taiwanese style, add some soya sauce with a few drops of vinegar and seasame oil and if you like it spicy you can also add some chilli sauce into it. You can also buy dipping sauces especially for dumplings in any grocery store.


Food at Taipei, Taiwan

Published January 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

We have arrived in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan…I’ve never been to taipei before – I know people are like what?? You’re from Taiwan and you’ve never been to Taipei?? Yes, I’ve been always wanting to go but never got around to it. So yeah this is my first time to Taipei and I was really excited…its gonna be really fun. Anyways, we decided to try out the night markets, there’s so many night markets in Taipei but we know the popular one is called Shilin Night Market (ε£«ζž—ε€œεΈ‚) and it was jam packed with heaps of people. If you are castrophobic you might wanna stay away from night markets cos at some stage going through the packed street I felt like I couldn’t breathe cos there were people literally everywhere and you are rubbing shoulders against everyone. Anyways, we were hungry so decided to check out the food section where it has lots of little stores that sells local street food. So we had some rice dumplings, dry pork mince noodles, seafood fish ball soup, sausage wrapped by glutonese rice (my favourite), some deep fried crabs with basil, oyster omelletes and Lemony jelly drink which they sell them in a big tub – very freshing. Well, let’s just say the hygiene standard of the food stores are quite average but I have a steel tummy so I don’t usually get any tummy ache from eating the street food. They were all pretty cheap ranging from AUD$1 through to AUD$5 per food item. Well, worth it πŸ™‚

We were pretty tummy satisfied then we roam around the streets and there’s heaps of stuff ranging from clothes, bags, shoes, accessories and other items you can spend hours and hours within the market. However, it is pretty tiring cos of constant walking so after we roamed around for few hours it was time to head back home. Our next target to try out some shaved ice and we head towards this little shop that sells drinks and shaved ice. Our friend ordered some strange looking jar of drink I have no idea what it is and apparently it tasted quite nice, Pandabear ordered normal red bean shaved ice and mum and I shared the mix beans and jelly shaved ice it tasted great! Very refreshing πŸ™‚

We ask people where can we get some great spicy beef noodle soup – one of Taiwan’s popular dishes. So they pointed us to Hong’s chef resturant just near our hotel. So we decided to head down and check it out. There’s so many varieties of beef noodle soup – plain soup, spicy ones, different cuts of beef it was hard to choose which one so I asked the shop assistant for the most popular one and the beef noodle soup was awesome and delicious – very flavoursome, the meat is extremely tender and apparently this shop is one of the best in Taipei even got an award from our president ‘Ma’ so it’s gotta be good and you can order some little sides of vegies that was tasty too. Anyways, just as we were settling a bill a guy popped over and said he’s got 3 stamps on his card and only 1 more stamp you can get a free packet of beef jerky. Apparently the restaurant gives away stamp cards and you get a stamp for every bowl of noodle you ate. So we ended up with a free packet of beef jerky – bargain!! πŸ™‚ I love freebies…

Okies, it was time to try out the hot springs in Taipei we’ve heard great stories from it – so it was time to head up the mountain areas and try out their hot springs. There were 3 types of hot springs – Japanese style, Chinese style, and Hong Kong style – and then we asked them what’s the main difference, well they have different waters – mineral water, sulfur ones which is very stinky… Anyways, we ended up with the Chinese style and apparently you can either share the hot springs in public or have individual female/male ones. The price doubled for individual ones, but the individual ones were a tiny little room nothing compared to the public ones. So we took a peak at the public ones and on that particular week day there were noone in the public ones so Mum and I decided to hop into the public hot springs there were only 2 of us which was great πŸ™‚ Otherwise we felt pretty embarrassed going full naked into the hot springs with other girls. The sulfur water was extremly hot, I felt like my skin was burning and it was red but apparently it was ok and then I went and dipped into the mineral water which was cooling. Now the great thing about the hot spring is that they came with food!! Yay! after our soaking of hot springs we can have a meal as well. So we had some prawns dish, pork ribs and other dishes and it was great. Now we feel relaxed and full, I would definitely recommend people going for hot springs in Taipei πŸ™‚

Our next destination of food to try is this restaurant called – the priceless mountain it was recommended by our friend and we thought we’ll give it a try. We had to take the taxi which drove us up the hills into this isolated area where the restaurant was situated up in the whoop whoop place. Upon our arrival the place looked rather Japanese all the cutleries, decor and the whole atmosphere looked Japanese. With this place it gets packed pretty quickly cos the place isn’t very big and they only have a set menu – so you don’t get to choose your own dishes they serve up to 10 small courses of dishes. At first when I saw the first few serving I was thinking in my head it’s definitely not going to fill me up. But I was wrong by about 8th course I was extremely full and was surprised there were more coming. So definitely worth trying it out and their presentation was beautiful very articulate. The food tasted pretty good as well, so I would recommend this place to anyone and I think it only cost around AUD$30 per person which is expensive in Taiwan but really you paid for the quality of the food and the atmosphere. But I must admit the service was pretty average, they only had 2 staff running around that night so we waited for the food to come…but other than that it’s all pretty good.

Okies, it’s lunch time again and we decided to try out this little store that sells okonomiyaki – literally savoury Japanese pancakes that has different flavours – seafood, meat, vegetarian, eggs, noodles…Taiwan is full of Japanese food, cos Taiwanese love Japanese food so you can find lots of Japanese restaurants in Taiwan. Anyways, we had 3 different types – seafood, meat and one with noodles – its weird but the noodle one actually tasted pretty good. They started mixing all the flour, eggs and ingredients in a bowl and a girl started putting some oil on our hot plates and pour the mixture and it started sizzling away..mmm.. the aroma is great. I loved it! I highly recommend it… tasty and the price was reasonable too..

Okies, to sum up our Taipei trip I must try Taiwanese style cakes – I love the desserts in Taiwan they are so creamy and tasty and so many varieties as well. So I had my favourite strawberry cream sponge cake. It was very creamy, must have added a few Kgs after eating just 1 slice, but it was worth it…till next time! πŸ™‚

Food at Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Published January 19, 2010 by Mary Jane

Our next place to go to is Kaohsiung, Taiwan – and we’ve decided to go to dream mall. Dream Mall (倒時代購物中心) is the largest shopping mall in Taiwan and the second largest in Southeast Asia after the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines. I’ve never been there before and this was my first time to the Mall as our last Taiwan trip I was sick so stayed in the hotel. This time, I made sure I don’t miss out on this opportunity. We were pretty fortunate that our hotel is right next to the Kaohsiung train station so we decided to catch the train. Now while we were waiting for the train to come, a guard came up to me and told me ‘you can’t chew gum in this place’ I was like well, I dont see any bins around here.. his comments were ‘ you can maybe put them inside a tissue paper and then throw them away once you find a bin’ – I was really surprised, I mean I know there’s no eating at the train area but I didn’t know they were that strict – ‘no chewing’ then I saw a sign says fines – no food. So I was glad the guard didn’t fine me on the spot for chewing a piece of gum. So beware when you are at the train station make sure you don’t chew your gum.

Anyways, we arrived at the dream mall and was really excited and thought we’ll go straight to the food court section to have some lunch, we’ve decided to have some teppanyaki (鉄板焼) -literally pan fried food items on a hot plate. You get to choose a selection from beef, pork, seafood, vegetarian or a mixture of all and it comes with unlimited soft drinks, soup and rice. So we decided to have a mixture one and the serving was huge. It’s cool to see the chef comes out and start to do his tricks and cutting the food with his tools. It tasted really good and we would definitely come back again. So afterwards, we were feeling thirsty and came across this ice store that sells shaved ice – except the only difference is that it’s snow ice alot finer than the ones we had in Pingtung. I ordered taro and pudding flavoured snow ice and Pandabear had pineapple flavoured snow ice. It literally melts in your mouth, but I think I still prefers the shaved ice in pingtung it tasted better in the sense that the ingredients are there where as this one tasted pretty artificial.

So after our snow ice, we decided to wonder around the food court area and came across some nice bread shop – which sells my favourite sweet buns you can get them in Perth but the flavour is limited and not as tasty. But I was too full to buy anymore so I figured I’ll come back and buy some for snacks. Came across a small supermarket and went in for a visit. Everything is neatly packaged kinda reminds me of Japan where everything is so neat and everything is packaged. Also took a shot of apples as they were like huge!!! Anyways, the shop owner came to me and said ‘sorry no photographs please’ so I had to stop taking pictures otherwise I wanted to show what they sell in those supermarkets.

Okies, we were feeling pretty thirsty so needed to get some drinks. Kaohsiung is well known for papaya drink I know it’s an acquired taste no everyone likes these sort of drink but I missed it cos I used to have it when I was young and then I found they sell deep fried hot dogs – flour battered. Yummy so I got myself one too. I’m surprised that I didn’t feel sick afterwards cos papaya milk drink plus flour battered hot dog is not a good mix. Anyways, I left feeling pretty happy πŸ™‚

So it’s lunch time, we decided to look around and decide what we want. Dream Mall is pretty cool in the food court area it has streets of cuisine – Japanese, Western style, Chinese and more. So we decided to head down the China town way for some taiwanese cuisine, came across this little noodle place. Pandabear wasn’t really hungry so he had some dry wonton and pork mince noodles. I’ve decided to have some braised pig trotters – I know people might say ‘gross!’ you eat pig trotters? Well, honestly if they cook it well it taste delicious – once again one of the acquired taste. So my meal came with wonton soup and stir fried vegies – I know I’m a big eater I’m always hungry sometimes I wonder whether I have worms in my tummy cos I’m always hungry. Anyways, the meal was great and it was really affordable I think our meal cost around AUD$10 which is very cheap!

When we arrived in Kaohsiung, I wasn’t feeling too great must have caught some cold so I started getting high fever and sore throat I was beginning to think maybe I have the swine flu because of eating the pig trotters. Fortunately, I just caught some virus and it wasn’t swine flu had to take some antibiotics and rest for a few days and then I recovered. But even when I was sick I still had to eat something cos I was still hungry but my appetite wasn’t the best so decided to have some soup it’s good for sore throat so I got myself a bitter melon soup. I know most people would be like isn’t it a torture to eat something bitter. Well, my mum used to say when you become older you would appreciate the taste of bitter melon. And she was right, now I’ve loving the taste of the bitter melon it’s a cooling vegie for someone like me who is quite heaty…

Well, we’ve decided to catch up with one of our cousins who is army at the moment so we’ve asked our relatives in Pingtung to meet us at Kaohsiung for a nice meal. We located this restaurant called Sun Family Restaurant and thought that’s pretty cool my mum’s surname is ‘sun’ and our relatives in pingtung was also ‘sun’ so we figured that it should be a nice place to dine. We end up ordering some deep fried pan cake, seafood porridge, seafood noodles and I had dumplings – I love dumplings it’s one of my favourite food. Taiwanese can eat dumplings only for their main meal and usually we eat it with sweet corn soup. So that’s exactly what I had with it – yummy – I will post up recipe on how to make Taiwanese dumplings soon…

Pandabear and I decided that we would like to take a ferry to go to this place called Chijin (ζ——ζ΄₯) is a district in Kaohsiung which is a place that’s famous for selling fresh seafood. The ferry took us there and we hop onto a bus that tours around the whole Chijin which is pretty cool. We end up asking people around for wheres the best restaurant for seafood. The locals replied ‘well there’s expensive rip off street or you can go down the cheap street that sells pretty good seafood’ I was thinking why would anyone go down the expensive rip off street to buy seafood but apparently that street is touristy area so most tourist would head there for seafood. So we thought, nah! We’ll stick to the cheap street with good seafood. It was hard deciding which restaurant to go cos they all look similiar and their prices are pretty similiar anyways, I randomly chose one. Upon arrival they would ask you to go to their food stand to pick what seafood you would like. I felt like crabs, some toothfish, and prawns and vegies. So the lady took the ingredients and charge us according to how much they weigh. The seafood was pretty fresh, the crabs were still alive when they took it into the kitchen (I felt bad cos they had to cook them alive…my animal consience kicks me however as long as I dont’ see them it’s fine since they were only crabs breed for eating.

Okies, since majority of my relatives are in Kaohsiung we decided to meet up for a nice meal. It was nice to catch up with them as we don’t see them often, we ended going to this seafood place which was nice and my auntie bought us this lovely box of muffin which apparently is very famous in Kaohsiung. Thanks Auntie – I gobbled it up while we stay in hotel, there were so many muffins… and then we caught the high speed rail to Taipei on our way Pandabear was feeling hungry so he ordered some train’s bento box, we were surprised that when the guy was pushing this food trolley nobody bought anything from it only Pandabear who requested for a bento box then we realised why, the serving was small and it was pricy for a small bento box and well the taste was pretty average. So next time you know why noone buys from the push trolley cos it’s a rip off! πŸ™‚ Anyways, we had fun in Kaohsiung so it was time to head to taipei…