Out of all the recipes I've tried since moving to Norway in attempts to recreate dishes I've missed from home, this recipe for one of my favorite desserts, tian dou hua, is the easiest and most "omggggg this actually tastes like the thing I want it to taste like" dish. You can make it too using Cathy Erway's recipe from her Taiwanese recipe book, The Food of Taiwan.
Just last week I learned how to refer to the major days of Christmas in Norwegian. Cool! Maybe I should've learned that two Christmases ago when I moved here, but whatever!! Every day is another opportunity to limblessly flop my way up the stairwell of Norwegian competency!!!
Got questions about what it's like learning Mandarin at the Mandarin Training Institute in Taipei? I've got answers, maybe! Here's a bunch of info I cobbled together from my nine months at the MTC.
Here's more info about my time at the MTC, focusing on the school's teaching and testing methods.
Cup & Saucer, an old-school diner that has been a fixture of Chinatown and the Lower East Side for decades, will be closing next Monday, July 17. I can't visit it before it closes, so I'll just wail about it on the internet (with the aid of excessive photos).
Behold, the redesign that no one asked for!
When I'm alone in my kitchen, I listen to an endless stream of podcasts in order to drown out the sound of my culinary ineptitude. Here are some of my favorites, covering topics such as sound design, US history, the economics of buying oil, what Richard Simmons may or may not be doing, and more.
Every year, a gajillion people head to this festival in New Taipei City to witness arresting displays of flame-powered lanterns being released en masse into the night sky. Here's how to get in on the lantern-loving mob and what to expect once you're there.
I have an irrationally strong affinity for the pineapple cakes from this unassuming bakery near National Taiwan Normal University. Here's why.
I ate about one soft serve a week. This is definitely a reasonable amount of soft serve to eat in Taiwan. Yes.