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Recipe: Black Sesame Congee

During my period of Chinese postpartum confinement (坐月子, zuo yuezi) I ate lots of sesame seeds.  Mostly it was in the form of sesame oil, included in liberal amounts in soups and stir-fries.  But one sweet treat was black sesame … Continue reading

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Poached egg with fermented rice

While I was pregnant, a friend gave me a big glass jar filled with homemade fermented rice.  ‘Another pregnant lady I gave this to loves it, and eats it by the spoonful,’ she reassured.  I could tell that it was … Continue reading

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Zuo yuezi recipe: Millet and longan congee

When Mr Taiwanxifu and I were dating, we went to an ubertrendy cafe in inner Brisbane where he ordered cous cous.  ‘Fried rice,’ he declared when it arrived.  I thought this just reflected lack of exposure to North African food … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Tainan

Tainan is famous for its ‘xiao chi — 小吃’ or snack food. And one of its most famous eating establishments is Ah Gong (阿憨鹹粥 — “ah gong yu zhou” in Taiwanese, or ‘a han xian zhou’ in Mandarin). Eating fish … Continue reading

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