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My 300th Post :-)

Published April 30, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, I have finally made it to the 300th post 🙂 thank you readers for your constant support even at times I go missing from blogging there were still constant readers average of 40 per day… so to celebrate this, I will post some highlight of some of the yummy food photos from my recent Taiwan trip…enjoy….










Comfort Food Recipe – Taiwanese Burger Buns (Gua Bao)

Published January 8, 2011 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, time for another comfort food recipe post. This time is our famous Taiwanese burger bun aka gua Bao. It’s sound rather odd isn’t it burger buns – not the ones you get from fast food joint like McDonalds or Hungry Jacks but this is a Bao white buns make into a shape similar to hamburger buns but instead of it been seasame bun it’s a white bun! I used to have it when I was young in Taiwan and they’re delicious, they used to sell it in the markets – instead of beef patties we have pork belly served with pickled vegies, sugar and peanuts. Kinda like a sweet, salty and tangy taste! Hard to describe. I was so excited when I come across these Burger buns in an Asian Grocery store so I bought a packet. However, it’s been left in my freezer for so long that I decided it was time to cook them and ended up subsituting it with random ingredients in my fridge as I didn’t have any pork belly – the master of random mix! So below is My version of Gua Bao!

Ingredients

1 x packet of Taiwanese burger buns (Gua Bao)
1 x can vegetarian mix vegies
1 x egg
1 x piece of nice steak (for meat lovers)
a small piece of ginger

Instructions

1. drizzle some oil in hot pan and slice the small piece of ginger into julienne and place it into the pan until fragrant and then add in a can of vegetarian mix vegies. You can buy a can of these at any grocery store – they are quite yummy – usually comes with bamboos, mushrooms, fungus, carrots and some soya bean vegetarian vegies and throw in some chopped chinese vegies. It’s one of my most delicious vegetarian dish!

2. pan fry your egg season with salt

3. pan fry your steak and season with salt and pepper. The authentic style is to have it with pork belly which I didn’t have. You would cook the pork belly with garlic, oil, five spice, white pepper, one or two star anise and soya sauce and stew it until the pork belly falls apart. So yeah it’s kinda like a steak burger bun – Asian style hehehehe

4. steamed the burger buns – you can either microwave it for a few minute with drizzle of water on the plate to create some steam effect. Or you can do it the proper way, steam it in a steamer which ofcourse taste better. I went for the microwave option 🙂

5. Last bit is to assemble your burger bun putting everything together. The great thing about the burger buns is that you can place as much filling as you want. Authentic style is to serve it with peanut and sugar and coriander. But I didn’t have them, but the vegetarian mix has it’s own sauce so I used that as a substitution.

ingredients

ingredients

vegetarian stir fry

vegetarian stir fry

It was rather tasty, except I thought the taste of the buns seemed a little funny – then I checked the packet’s expiry date and realised it was expired already! Oops, I quickly stopped Pandabear from devouring into his steak burger bun and told him the buns have expired already. So we had to chuck our buns away and just ate the filling 😦 next time I know to steam my buns straight away instead of leaving them in the freezer and forget about it…

Restaurant Review – Golden Chopstick (Melbourne)

Published September 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon Bloggy friends, I have a feeling tonight I won’t be making any post so thought I better to it this arvo while I’m still awake. Anyways, this particular restaurant we went with our brother in law’s family. My sister in law hasn’t try out this restaurant before and she wanted me to try out with them so I can give them an opinion as to whether this restaurant sells authentic Taiwanese food. I’m very harsh when it comes to Taiwanese food, so far I have not found a restaurant that I would recommend that sells authentic Taiwanese food.

It was a small restaurant, but was quite packed with people. The tables they had came with a round steamboat/bbq tin – I would imagine they use that for steamboat or bbq. Perhaps we should have tried out their steamboat/bbq thing as it might be their specialty. We decided to share a few cold dishes and hot dishes so here they are:

Piggy ears

Piggy ears

Piggy ears are not your typical dish but I love them. I remember when I was young my grandma used to make them and they’re delicious even though the thought of eating an pig’s ear puts me off. The presentation for this cold dish was nice but the taste was only ok, it wasn’t crunchy like the ones my grandma used to make..so a little disappointing.

gibblets

gibblets

The next cold dish was the gibblets they were really nicely seasoned, well balanced with some seasame oil. So I liked this dish 🙂

Tofu with century eggs

Tofu with century eggs

next cold dish was tofu and century eggs, one of my favourite cold dishes – you can’t go wrong with tofu and century eggs as long as it’s well balanced with some soya sauce. So this dish was fine too.

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

The chicken fried rice was disappointing – it’s quite dark in colour and all you taste is the soya sauce and chicken – nothing special, I’ve had better fried rice else where – so this was not up to standard!

Deep fried battered prawns

Deep fried battered prawns

Once again the deep fried prawns were pretty average, nothing special just tasted like prawns battered and deep fried not much flavouring or spice in it…

dumplings

dumplings

Shredded pork wraps

Shredded pork wraps

The next dish is even more bizarre, a shredded pork dish that came with some wraps. At first we thought that’s quite special as the menu had no mention of wraps. Then when I wrapped the pork inside the wraps – the skin texture of the wraps tasted really weird. I only had one wrap. The shredded pork was way too sweet. Something wrong with their seasoning – I wonder if the cook taste his/her food when they send it out cos this one was not up to scratch..

I always go for dumplings – I love dumplings..but I have a feeling these ones won’t taste as good as I expect them to be. The filling is quite nice but the dumpling skin is way to chewy and doughy for my liking. I prefer thinner skin, that’s the way Taiwanese dumplings are – and we use a lot of ginger too so unfortunately, the dumplings aint Taiwanese style. More of mainland Chinese.

Shanghanese Dumplings

Shanghanese Dumplings

The Shanhanese dumplings are not bad, it isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tasted before. But at least its less chewy and doughy than the dumplings.

So overall, the dishes were pretty average – I wouldn’t call them authentic Taiwanese – maybe more close to Mainland Chinese style. Perhaps their other dishes might be better…the Non-Taiwanese ones. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend? Probably not!