Taiwanese Sun Cake (Tai Yang Bing)

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Ingredients

Water dough

  • 1/4
    cup Warm water (water dough)
  • 1/4
    tbsp Maltose (or corn syrup) (water dough)
  • 1/4
    cup Corn oil (water dough)
  • 175
    grams Flour (water dough)
  • 15
    grams Sugar (water dough)
  • 1
    tsp Salt (water dough)
  • 45
    grams Shortening (water dough)

Oil dough

  • 45
    grams Shortening (oil dough)
  • 100
    grams Flour (oil dough)

Filling

  • 1/2
    tbsp Warm water (filling)
  • 20
    grams Maltose (or corn syrup) (filling)
  • 70
    grams Flour (filling)
  • 20
    grams Butter (filling)
  • 80
    grams Powdered sugar (filling)

Instructions

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Taiwanese Sun Cake is a famous dessert from the city of Taichung, Taiwan. The cake looks a little bit like the sun, thus the name. Best enjoyed with tea.
2
Gather all the ingredients.
3
There are 3 layers to the Taiwanese suncake. The 1st layer is the ‘water dough’. Add flour, sugar, shortening, corn oil, salt, maltose and water. Form dough.
4
Next, we will make the ‘oil dough’. Combine flour and shortening. Form dough. When done, split it into 10 equal parts.
5
Now we are making the filling. Add flour, maltose (or corn syrup), powdered sugar, butter, water and mix. I like a little honey in mine sun cake as well.
6
Now the fun park! Flatten the dough and roll it into a tube, roll and repeat. This creates the flaky layers. Put the oil dough in the center. Roll and repeat.
7
The last layer of the sun cake is the filling. Put a small spoonful in, and close the outer dough layer.
8
Add an egg wash to the top.
9
Pop it in the oven for 11-12 minutes at 400F.
10
Voila!
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Taiwanese Sun Cake is a famous dessert from the city of Taichung, Taiwan. The cake looks a little bit like the sun, thus the name. Best enjoyed with tea.

Pan con tomate bruschetta

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Ingredients

  • Ciabatta bread
  • Summer tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Onion

Instructions

1
We are making a pan con tomato bruschetta sandwich!
2
Rub garlic on the olive oil toasted bread for umami
3
Rub the stem of the tomato to make the pan con tomate
4
Dress the bread with kewpie pie or mayonnaise
5
Add some greens and serve!
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Pie Cone A La Mode

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Instructions

1
We invented a new summer treat - pie cone a La mode! Had a fun barbecue with friends and came up with this idea during dessert.
2
Add ice cream of your choice
3
Yum!!
4
A creative summer treat!
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Chinatown street market summer fruits shop-along

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Instructions

1
Summer fruits are my favorites in Chinatown. This is when longan fruit, lychees, dragon fruits and different mango varieties shine.
2
Longans are sweet and juicy. While they are ubiquitous in Asia, the only place I’ve found them in NYC is in Chinatown. They are only in season for a short time
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Summer fruits are my favorites in Chinatown. This is when longan fruit, lychees, dragon fruits and different mango varieties shine.

Scallion Pancakes (inexpensive and easy!)

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Ingredients

  • 1.5
    cups Flour
  • 1
    tbsp Salt
  • 1
    tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2
    cup Warm water
  • 1
    bunch Scallions
  • 1
    tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1
    tsp Sesame oil
  • 1
    tbsp Olive oil

Instructions

1
Let’s make scallion pancakes. This is my mom’s family recipe.
2
Scallion pancakes are easy to make. First prepare the ingredients. Cut the scallion into thin pieces and prepare the batter (mix flour, salt and sugar).
3
First, combine water to your dry batter mix. When the dough becomes chunky, use your hands to combine the batter.
4
Take the dough out of the pan and continue to kneed for 4-5 minutes. This will make the dough chewy (yum!)
5
Rest the dough, covered, for 10 minutes. Then, make a whole in the middle of the dough and put in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Kneed for another 2-3 minutes.
6
Roll the dough out into a rectangle. Add 2 tsp of olive oil and spread. Add salt and scallions evenly across the dough.
7
Pan fry on low heat until golden brown. Flip and brown on both sides.
8
Cut into pieces, and serve with your favorite condiments - soy sauce, sesame oil, or chili sauce!
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Let’s make scallion pancakes. This is my mom’s family recipe.

From scratch pork and chives dumplings two ways

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Ingredients

Filling

  • 3
    tsp Sesame oil
  • 1
    Egg
  • 1
    bundle Chives
  • 3
    tsp Soy sauce
  • 400
    grams Pork
  • 3
    cups Flour
  • 1
    cup Warm water
  • 5
    grams Sugar
  • 5
    grams Yeast
  • 4
    grams Salt

Instructions

1
We are making pork chive dumplings two ways today!
2
Add water in steps to the flour. Mix until water is absorbed. Then hand kneed the dough until the texture is firm.
3
Move the dough to a table top and continue to kneed until the dough takes shape. Cover with a paper towel for 10 minutes to let it ‘rest’.
4
Cut the dough into half inch segments, separate and flatten.
5
Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. Make sure to rotate the dough through the rolling pin for an even thickness.
6
For the filling, mix chives, pork, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, and egg.
7
Put a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough. Make a closure in the center, then close each side of the dumpling with a pinch.
8
Arrange the dumplings so they don’t stick together.
9
One way to cook is to put the dumplings into boiling water. Wait for the dumplings to float to the surface. Put cold water in 3x as the water boils.
10
The second way is to pan boil in oil to make the ‘pot stickers’. When the bottom browns, put in a quarter cup of water and cover. Careful of the hot oil!
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We are making pork chive dumplings two ways today!

Simple Chinese Millet Porridge

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Ingredients

  • 1
    cup Millet
  • Toppings as desired - this one with pickled cucumbers in soy sauce

Instructions

1
We are making a simple millet porridge. It’s healthy, inexpensive and fast.
2
Start by boiling four cups of water. Use any millet - we are using an organic one here. It’s $7 and can make up to 5 pots of porridge with just one bag!
3
Add in one cup of washed millet into the boiling water. Cook for 25 minutes on low heat. Cover. Stir occasionally.
4
You can add any number of toppings to flavor the porridge. I like to use pickled cucumber in soy sauce, which is a staple in Chinese porridge dishes.
5
Enjoy! Inexpensive, fast, and healthy!
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We are making a simple millet porridge. It’s healthy, inexpensive and fast.

Ooni Homemade Pizza

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Ingredients

  • 533
    ml Cold water
  • 850
    grams Tippo OO Flour
    leave 150 g for flouring the dough
  • 25
    grams Salt
  • 1
    tsp Dry yeast

Instructions

1
850 grams Tippo OO Flour (leave 150 g for flouring the dough)533 ml Cold water25 grams Salt 1 tsp Dry yeast
2
Cold water in bowl, Mix salt & 1/10th of flour. Dissolve yeast. Slowly add rest of flour. Rest dough 2 hrs covered wet towel. Rise in sealed container 6-24 hrs
3
Add toppings of your choice and enjoy!
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850 grams Tippo OO Flour (leave 150 g for flouring the dough)533 ml Cold water25 grams Salt 1 tsp Dry yeast

Saigon Eats

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Instructions

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Saigon eats with Di An Di’s owner Tuan Bui
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Saigon eats with Di An Di’s owner Tuan Bui

Easy Ham Fried Rice (Mom’s Special!)

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Ingredients

  • 3
    Eggs
  • pinch Salt
  • 3
    cups Jasmine rice
  • 1
    tablespoon Olive oil
  • 4
    slices Ham
  • 1
    tablespoon Soy sauce

Instructions

1
Simple and fast with only six ingredients!
2
Beat the eggs for 30 seconds and put in a pinch of salt. 3 Eggs pinch Salt
3
Pro tip, use day-old rice for best fried rice. 3 cups Jasmine rice
4
Heat up the frying pan and add olive oil 1 tablespoon Olive oil
5
Pro tip - use a fork to scramble the eggs for a better consistency
6
Add a bit more olive oil and cook the ham 4 slices Ham
7
Put in the day-old rice and add a splash of water to help the rice soften
8
Add the scrambled eggs in, continue to press down on the rice to make it loose. Add in soy sauce. 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
9
Yummy!
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Simple and fast with only six ingredients!