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Taiwanese Cooking Class

To learn about a culture, is to learn about their food.  Cooking is such a relaxing and enjoyable event for me that it only makes sense to experience local cuisine the way it’s meant to be prepared and consumed.  Jodie’s Kitchen was the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.  Not only did we escape the insane heat and eat some delicious food, we learned about Taiwan culture and cuisine from a very altruistic Taiwanese woman.  I had such a good time… I’d recommend her cooking class to anyone that enjoys good food and good company.  We opted for the one day cooking class, but she has a variety of options to choose from.

Menu for the day:
  • Soy bean milk
  • Soft tofu with Taiwanese dressing
  • Sour and spicy soup
  • Black sesame paste: with veggies
  • White sesame paste: Taiwanese sesame noodles
  • Spicy Sichuan (Szechuan) flower pepper oil: served on pineapples
  • Spicy Sichuan sweet and sour dressing: served on cucumbers
  • Fried rice
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7 Korean Condiments I Use Most

If you know me, then you probably know my love of condiments.  I usually choose my food by what condiment I’m in the mood for.  Here in Korea, they have some of my favorite condiments… but most of them are very different. I can’t find a good Honey Mustard, forget about finding Seedy Mustard.  I miss my Old Bay spice.  Soy Sauce in Korea ALL contain stupid wheat, so I’ve been relying on people to send me some.  It’s been good, in some ways, because it makes me rethink my cooking methods and branch out into new ways of cooking.  I am very happy to learn different styles of making food.

Korean cooking aresenal

Korean cooking arsenal

1. Chili Sauce – sweet and sour sauce basically… good on most everything, even my eggs

2. Red Pepper Paste – This is Seth’s because it has wheat… but he adds it to his rice and anything he wants to make spicy… Koreans add this to about everything

3. Corn Syrup – a must in making Korean dishes, to make sauces… it’s not like Karo

4. Mayonnaise – more natural than what we get at home… fresher… comes in these squishy container bottles and tastes awesome on my “fake fries”

5. Sesame Oil – another must in Korean cooking… it’s more of an addition to a finished meal rather than something to cook WITH… good stuff

6. Sesame Seeds – add to any dish and it adds a little nutty flavor… never really used them before now, but I love them

7. Curry Paste –  (not Korean, but the best I’ve ever eaten) I find it in this little foreign food market… I’ve been making the most yummy chicken curries because of this stuff

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