Wednesday, March 30, 2022

news: 2022 ASIA’s 50 BEST


Team Taiwan 🇹🇼 chefs celebrated the 2022 #Asias50Best yesterday in Taipei in an unofficial gathering, along with chefs in Tokyo, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau. Two restaurants - Logy and JL Studio made it to the Asia’s 50 Best list- and an additional five restaurants in the top 100, with Mume and Ryugin, and new entries Adachi, Liberte and Le Côté. Mume also was honored with the 2022 Sustainable restaurant award.

 It’s been a continued unpredictable few years for restaurants, but great to see chefs coming out to support each other. Congrats to all of chefs in Asia’s 50 Best and their teams- hope to be able to (re)visit again someday soon. 

🇹🇼 2022 Asia’s 50 Best 
#38 LOGY @logy.tw @ryogotahara_logy 
#45 JL STUDIO @jlstudio_tw @jimmy_jlstudio 
#52 ADACHI (new entry)
#54 MUME @mume_taiwan @richie_lin (also 2022 Sustainable Restaurant award)
#57 SHOUN RYUGIN @shounryugintaiwan @ryohei_hieda 
#72 LIBERTE @liberte_taiwan @kenji.liberte 
#99 LE COTE @lecotelm @lanshuchen (new entry) 

1 Den Tokyo 
2 Sorn Bangkok 
3 Florilege Tokyo 
4 Le Du Bangkok 
5 Chairman Hong Kong 
6 La Cime Osaka
7 Suhring Bangkok 
8 Odette Singapore 
9 Neighborhood HK 
10 Nusara Bangkok 
11 Sazenka Tokyo 
12 Fu He Hui Shanghai 
13 Ode Tokyo (highest climber) 
14 Villa Aida (highest new entry) Wakayama
15 Narisawa Tokyo 
16 Mingles Seoul 
17 Sezanne Tokyo (new) 
18 Joo Ok Seoul (new)
19 Ensue Shenzhen (new)
20 Meta Singapore (new)
21 Masque Mumbai 
22 Indian Accent New Delhi 
23 Les Amis Singapore 
24 Caprice Hong Kong 
25 Blue by Alain Ducasse (new)
26 7th door Seoul 
27 Mosu Seoul (new) 
28 Da Vittorio Shanghai (new)
29 Sushi Masato Bangkok (new)
30 Onjium Seoul (new)
31 Samrub Samrub Thai Bangkok (new)
32 Mono Hong Kong 
33 Gaa Bangkok
34 Wing Hong Kong (new) 
35 Ministry of Crab Sri Lanka
36 La Maison de La nature Goh Fukuoka 
37 Zen Singapore 
38 Logy Taipei 
39 Ultraviolet Shanghai 
40 Labyrinth Singapore
41 Burnt Ends Singapore 
42 Ete Japan (new) 
43 Cenci Kyoto (new) 
44 Cloudstreet Singapore 
45 JL Studio Taichung 
46 Raan Jay Fai Bangkok (new) 
47 Wynn Lei Palace Macau 
48 Otto E Mezzo Shanghai 
49 Megu New Delhi (new) 
50 Dewakan Kuala Lumpur 











Wednesday, February 16, 2022

My kitchen: EASY CRISPY POTSTICKER SKIRT





Learn something new everyday and if you haven’t learned how to make crispy pot stickers at home yet, you must try this easy method perfected by @kirbiecravings. Our current fave brands of supermarket potstickers are Mazendo or the shrimp pork dumplings from Ba Fang. I should document the different brands I’ve tried, but always end up going back to Mazendo. 

[TAIPEI] 🥟Practice makes perfect #potstickers #crispyskirt 

EASY CRISPY POTSTICKER SKIRT 

1/2 cup water 
2 teaspoons flour 
Stir together to make a slurry. 

1- Oil pan and griddle potstickers for 2 min uncovered, medium high heat. I usually put 10-12 in a circle on nonstick pan 
2- Pour in slurry and cook 3 min covered on medium heat
3- Uncover and cook about 5-8 more minutes til skirt is golden brown and edge of skirt can be gently lifted by spatula
4- Gently put plate on top of potstickers (top of plate facing top of pan) and flip pan and plate together. (Or slide it off the pan to plate if you want the skirt to be at the bottom)

Enjoy!! 






Thursday, January 06, 2022

american/chinese: i recommend FORKS AND CHOPSTICKS

[TAIPEI]
Orange chicken in Taipei. 

When I first started the blog, the question I would get once in awhile was "where can I find Americanized Chinese food in Taipei?" And I had no idea, I mean it just was not a thing here. Plus you've got dumplings, noodle soups and veggies galore. 

But then after a few years I would really get nostalgic for that styrofoam box of orange chicken, chow mein and a fried egg roll. I know I wasn't alone because I even followed the news of an American Chinese diner opening in China (and closing a few years later) and orange chicken getting so popular you could buy it at Trader Joes. Panda Express even started trying to started making burritos with orange chicken and had Innovation Kitchens. 

And now, Taipei finally has its own spot to order a few of your takeout faves. The founders of FORKS AND CHOPSTICKS 筷叉小館  were feeling the same cravings and tackled this problem with a cloud kitchen solution. 



The menu at Forks and Chopsticks isn't long, but it's got the classics you might spy at the mall food court - broccoli beef, orange chicken, chicken zucchini, eggplant and tofu, chicken and string beans, fried rice, and chow mein..and yes, there's fortune cookies, takeout boxes and that familiar looking styrofoam shaped box (minus the styrofoam cuz it's Taiwan 2022). 




And the taste comes pretty close, at least for me who hasn't been to the states in 2 years and hasn't had orange chicken in more than that. I must admit Panda Express' orange chicken was such the guilty pleasure in college. So while the flavor is close, I do wish it was a bit more crispier and stickier (though I guess I get Korean fried chicken for those cravings these days). Paired with a chewy chow mien, it scratches an itch. The familiar fried rice, the lucky numbers with your fortune.


You can order by the dish or get a combo 1, 2 or 3 dishes with rice or noodles (or upon special request half and half). Currently you can find @ForksxChopsticks on ubereats or pick up,  but there's no dine in yet. They are also testing egg rolls (another fave that I haven't had in years) and crab rangoon. 



There _are_ fortune cookies, but they are an extra charge unfortunately, the same way chips and salsa are not free in Mexican restaurants here. lol. 



So anyone been missing their takeout menu from back home? What else are you missing? Maybe honey walnut shrimp or (it's been so long I had to google) sweet and sour shrimp or Kung Pao chicken. 


FORKS AND CHOPSTICKS 
(pick up and delivery only)
No. 67號, Guangfu S Rd, Songshan District, Taipei
(02) 2748-4205

Monday, January 03, 2022

my kitchen: EASY MOCHI WAFFLES


I love waffles, but I had never made mochi waffles before. New year, new you, right? 

I had some sweet rice flour in the pantry from a visit last year to Siang Khau Lu, so I decided to give this recipe a try (it had the most reviews on google with 442). The result was a chewy, soft waffle that was like some of the round mochi breads or cheese breads I'd pick up at local bakeries. I wished it was slightly crispier on the edges, like this mochi waffle street vendor that I found in Taipei years ago before it was a thing. I should mention I didn't have any white sugar on hand, so I used brown sugar instead of white sugar, which did give it a caramel color and flavor, but did not make it crispy. I'll keep tinkering with this recipe and see if I can adjust it to be crispier. 

EASY MOCHI WAFFLES

Ingredients (makes 4 Belgian waffles) 

  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/4 cup mochiko flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat waffle iron.

2. In a medium mixing bowl add 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.

3. Add 1 1/4 cup sweet glutinous rice flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk until just combined.

4. Add 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of the batter to the waffle iron. This will puff up a lot, so I recommend filling it half full to prevent overflow. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

western/mediterranean: i strongly recommend TOASTERIA CAFE (YONG KANG)



TOASTERIA CAFE YONG KANG 吐司利亞 永康店

No 200 Xinyi Road, Section 2, Da'an District, Taipei
(02) 2321-0073 

MRT: Dongmen

hours: 9AM- 12AM

$$

Kid friendliness: baby chairs and stairs, but there is first floor seating 

Visit reviewed: 10/2021


[TAIPEI] 

Toasteria has come a long way since its tiny sidewalk cafe selling grilled cheese sandwiches. Now it's a busy 3 story restaurant next to the original Yong Kang Street DTF, with a full menu of mediterranean specialties that are hard to find in Taipei, brunch, pasta and salad options. I've only been a handful of times the past few years, but every time I go it's busy with large groups of all ages. 

I had a lunch date with a friend who asked me where she could find hummus and I suggested Toasteria. Flipping through the menu it seemed even more extensive than my last visit a few years ago with not just one hummus, but 5 different versions. She ended up picking the Hummus Moroccan Lamb which was delicious. The pita bread was presented so nicely with a few pickled olives and there was plenty to go around- it’s such a bummer when you order a dip/spread and there’s not enough pita or bread to go around.  

And even though there’s a handful of places to get hummus these days (which is happily so many more than even 5 years ago), I would come back for that and  the eggplant carpaccio (I wish I had a picture of it, I think we were so hungry we just dug in.)

Just had to post about it because so many people asked me about it or told me they went to Toasteria after seeing my post, because they had also been looking for hummus in Taipei. 











Wednesday, November 24, 2021

chinese/dim sum: i recommend YA GE at MO TAIPEI


YA GE 
at MANDARIN ORIENTAL TAIPEI 
No. 158, DunHua N Rd, Songshan District, Taipei
(02) 2715 6788

hours: 12PM- 2:30PM; 6:30PM - 10PM

$$$

Kid friendliness: environment on quieter side; no high chairs or children spotted

Visit reviewed: 11/2021




[TAIPEI] 🥟Michelin starred dim sum at @mo_tpe . Faves include the honey bbq pork, crispy taro puffs with foie gras, and rice roll with crispy shrimp. I’ve missed eating with a table full of dim sum and Cantonese food. 


Ya Ge is now headed by chef Tommy Cheung Kwok Pong who was previously at Peninsula Hotel in HK for over 10 years with signatures such as birds nest dumpling,  garoupa with chicken and duck au jus, pork ribs with aged vinegar and pear and wok fried rice noodles with crab. 


Thank you Mandarin Oriental for the lovely lunch and hospitality. 


















Friday, November 19, 2021

donuts/dessert: i strongly recommend CRISPY FRESH MILK DONUTS


CRISPY FRESH MILK DONUTS 

脆皮鮮奶甜甜圈 (台北店)

No. 183, Huayin St, Datong District, Taipei
(02) 2550-9914


MRT: Taipei Main Station 

$ (NT$25/donut)

Kid friendliness: takeaway only but kids are likely to want their own donut

Visit reviewed: 11/2021


[TAIPEI]

You would think after a big lunch you would have no room to eat anything else, but when these donuts are in walking distance, your stomach finds room for it! I had these donuts once, maybe 10 years ago, and I had still thought about them over the years. So I was SO happy to have the chance to get some again (and that they were still open after all this time). There was a short line but we decided to wait and soon we were at the front of the line. 

One person is frying the donuts (NT$25) and then another is taking them and swiping them through the sugary milk powder, coating both sides before putting them into individual plastic bags. Sometimes they have other flavors, but that day they only had the signature milk donuts, which taste a bit milky, a bit vanilla, a bit powdered sugar. The best part is the crispy parts on the outside and soft inside. If churros are Mexican donuts, then this donut is its Taiwanese donut cousin. 

Even though you think you are only going to take one bite, you know the donut tastes best right now, hot and crispy and won't be the same after it cools down, so you finish it before you know it. Even though there are a bunch of donut shops, good donuts are hard to find Taipei. Even Krispy Kreme Taipei no longer serves hot donuts anymore, and there's nothing like a freshly fried one so when you see a line, you know you'll be getting one that's just made. 






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