March 31, 2024

Mashed Tofu with Century Egg 涼拌皮蛋豆腐

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Alright, I'll admit right off the bat that this ain't the most good looking dish.  The first time I beheld it at our neighborhood Taiwanese restaurant I was like "whaat the heck!"  But man, oh, man once we started eating this Mashed Tofu and Century Egg 涼拌皮蛋豆腐, it was baboom!  Flavor texture explosion!  Most favorite tofu dish ever, have to order it every time and everyone takes turns scraping the bottom of the glass serving jar.

This is a riff, if you will, on the traditional Tofu and Century Eggs 皮蛋豆腐 where the tofu and eggs are served arranged prettily but separately on a dish.  Which is how I've always eaten it and it sure is yummy.  But mash up this dish, chill it and somehow it turns the flavor up by a WOW factor as well as adding a lovely creaminess.  Once you get a taste you just can't stop, it's really that good!

March 27, 2024

Quick Basic Congee with Century Egg 皮蛋粥

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This is another way to make basic congee, except waaay faster!  Basic Congee is Cantonese style of rice porridge, cooked down to a dreamy creaminess that beats every other rice porridge you'll ever have!  This basic congee is then mixed with other meat and veggie ingredients to make the final delectable congee-as-meal dish.

Congee is a wonderful comfort food, pleasing to both the tummy and the heart.  But basic congee such as our Basic Congee with Dried Scallops and Tofu Skin takes quite a while to cook.  My hubby discovered this alternative Basic Congee with Century Egg 皮蛋粥 that not only cuts the cooking time by two-thirds but also tastes just as if not more delicious.   

March 15, 2024

Sampan Congee 艇仔粥

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Burrr….I’m still feeling a wee bit of the chill of winter nipping at my toes these days, how about y’all, dear readers?  When you’re a bit cold inside and out there’s nothing better than a warm soul soothing bowl of velvety congee chock full of all kinds of yummilicious bite sized edibles.  Comfort food all the way!

We’ve been on a kind of congee kick lately and our latest is this fabulous queen of congees, the Sampan Congee Tang Jai Jook 艇仔粥, a creamy congee filled with delectable treasures from the sea and the land and then some.  The name 'sampan congee' comes from the many small boats, called sampans 艇仔, that ply the many waterways of Guangzhou (Guangzhou is smack in the middle of a large delta area, FYI) from whence is congee first emerged.