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Nagaimo-Vegetable Bake

Some Taiwanese recipes incorporate Western techniques or ingredients. This dish uses cheese and is baked, rather than stir fried, but also features the crunchy, somewhat sticky Nagaimo, known also as the Chinese yam. I created this for a potluck party …

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Taiwanese-Style Chicken Meatballs

These Taiwanese-style meatballs call be added to a variety of recipes and used in many ways, such as in soups, in a hot pot meal, as part of


Langostino Dragon Fruit Salad

This quick-prep dish is an easy way to introduce both exotic seafood and Taiwanese fruit to the dinner table. It features the meat of the squat lobster or


Hakka-Style Bacon

The Hakka are an ethnic group from the southeastern Chinese provinces. Many people in Taiwan (including my brother-in-law) are members of this group and speak


Taro Rice Cake

Taro is a primary crop in the Jiaxian Township of Kaohsiung, which is located at the southern end of Taiwan. In Jiaxian, you will find many taro root


Cranberry-Chicken Salad Delight

Cranberries go hand in hand with turkey atĀ Thanksgiving, but my children really seem to love cranberries and enjoy dried cranberries as a snack throughout the year. I


Stir-Fried Shrimp with Eggs

Seafood often takes the spotlight in Taiwanese cuisine, since the coast is never far from any spot on the island. Taiwanese stir fried dishes are light and mild


Stir-Fried Treasures

This dish is a study in contrasts as well as an example of Taiwanese stir fry: soft marinated meats paired with crisp, fresh vegetables. Ingredients:

  • 2 cup green beans, diced
  • 1

Stewed Eggs

Stewed eggs are hardboiled eggs with a salty-sweet, complex taste that comes from being repeatedly stewed in a mixture of spices.

  • 24 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • Water
  • 1 cup

Creamed Corn Casserole

Photo by Darwin Bell

This is a quick twist on the classic American creamed corn recipe. It makes a great side dish

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