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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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Seaweed Soup

I never thought I’d say this… but I love seaweed soup!  I’ve had versions of it back home, but never made any myself.  This is the easiest soup to make, and oh sooo tasty.  So, I wanted to post the recipe so you can make it too.  All of the ingredients can be found at most Kroger’s (I know the one in Barboursville has seaweed now).

Seaweed Soup

  • 1 (1 ounce) package seaweed … in sheets
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 6 cups beef stock (I used bouillon cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3-4 green onion sprigs… chopped
  • solid tofu… cubed… I used about 3 inches of the tofu block

Heat a saucepan over medium heat; add onions, sesame oil, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, and a little salt, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in seaweed and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Pour in 2 cups broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic, tofu and remaining 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Seaweed Soup.... YUM

Seaweed Soup.... YUM

It’s a fabulous, bright day today.  Mondays are always busy for me with 6 classes in a row, but at least they’re over more quickly that way.  I miss everyone and hope everyone is doing well.

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