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7 TAIWANESE DISHES TO SATISFY YOUR NIGHT MARKET CRAVINGS

Home to Din Tai Fung, bubble tea, and well-priced street snacks, Taiwan is one of the most popular holiday destinations for food lovers. To help you save on airfare and still satisfy those ever-lingering cravings, we’ve sussed out 7 Taiwan-inspired recipes for you to try at home.

  1. Herbal Tea Leaf Eggs (Cha Ye Dan)

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    Any foodie worth their salt would know that you have to check out the convenience stores in Taiwan for the snacks, drinks, ready-to-eat meals, and tea leaf eggs. Make this recipe in a Thermos® Shuttle Chef® to save yourself the trouble of constantly checking on the pot and also save on electricity you would otherwise need with an electric cooker.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Scallion Pancake (Cong You Bing)

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    Flaky and fragrant, this humble pancake is delicious on its own, but you can level up by adding cheese, egg, or meats. You can make a batch and freeze them, making sure you place a sheet of baking paper between each pancake to make them easy to separate. Simply pull one out and heat up over a dry pan for a quick snack.

    Find the recipe here. 

  1. Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan)

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    One of the most iconic dishes of Taiwan, this comfort food is a well-balanced mix of savoury and sweet (thanks to the rock sugar). The best way to enjoy it is to have a bite of everything - rice, meat and egg. Make life easier for yourself by using your Thermos® Shuttle Chef® to cook the hard-boiled eggs and rice used in the recipe.

    Find the recipe here. 

  1. Chinese Fried Sauce Noodles (Zha Jiang Mian)

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    It may look plain but the dark-coloured sauce packs quite the umami-filled kick. This fuss-free recipe is designed to be cooked on-the-go with a Thermos® Food Jar. If you’re making it at home, add some stir-fried minced meat and lots of veggies, like shredded lettuce and blanched beansprouts, to turn it into a wholesome meal.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji)

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    If you’re wondering how it got the name, this recipe uses a cup each of rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Throw in some basil leaves and garlic, and you have a fragrant dish that pairs perfectly with rice. A popular item in re chao shops (Taiwanese equivalent to zi char), the same cooking technique is also used for other ingredients, like squid, frog, and mushroom.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Glutinous Rice Balls in Sweet Ginger Soup

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    While this is a winter staple in Taiwan, it’s a great dessert to enjoy even in our tropical weather as ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and also aids digestion. This recipe adds a local spin with the addition of pandan leaves to give the dish more aroma.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Brown Sugar Boba (Bubble Tea)

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    You’ve probably drank more than a few cups of bubble tea, but have you ever tried making your own from scratch? This easy recipe teaches you how to make tapioca pearls, which is a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Have them roll out their own bobas to add to non-caffeinated drinks, like chocolate milk.

    Find the recipe here.

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