'Taiwanese' on Serious Eats

Beyond Pork: Fill These Taiwanese Pan-Fried Miniature Buns With Leeks and Dried Baby Shrimp

These buns have a secret inside: they're laced with chopped bits of dried baby shrimp, whose concentrated umami works a bit like tiny cubes of ham, permeating anything they're cooked with. Those shrimp, plus the golden-brown surface of the pan-fried bun, made me realize that this dish really doesn't need hunks of fatty meat to stand up to the best buns I tried in Taiwan. They're also remarkably easy to make at home. More

Taiwan Eats: Danzai Noodle Soup

Invented by resourceful Taiwanese fisherman as a way of making money during the off season, this delicious noodle soup is packed with a flavorful pork-and-shrimp broth, long-simmered meat sauce, pleasantly chewy wheat noodles, and one lone ceremonious shrimp. The broth and meat sauce require a bit of advance planning, but once ready, it's an incredibly easy dish to throw together. More

Taiwanese Danzai Noodle Soup

Invented by resourceful Taiwanese fisherman as a way of making money during the off season, this delicious noodle soup is packed with a flavorful pork-and-shrimp broth, long-simmered meat sauce, pleasantly chewy wheat noodles, and one lone ceremonious shrimp. The broth and meat sauce require a bit of advance planning, but once ready, it's an incredibly easy dish to throw together. More

Taiwan Eats: Pork Belly Buns (Gua Bao)

True Taiwanese pork belly buns have five defining components: the fluffy steamed bun, tender braised pork belly, pickled mustard greens, fresh cilantro, and powdered peanuts. All combined, it's a messy, colorful, glorious snack of salty, sweet, pungent, and fresh flavors, with multiple textures to boot. More

Taiwanese Pork Belly Buns (Gua Bao)

True Taiwanese pork belly buns have five defining components: the fluffy steamed bun, tender braised pork belly, pickled mustard greens, fresh cilantro, and powdered peanuts. All combined, it's a messy, colorful, glorious snack of salty, sweet, pungent, and fresh flavors, with multiple textures to boot. More

Gung-Ho About Taiwanese Breakfast? Try Kung-Ho, Near Seattle

If you didn't know to ask, chances are you'd never see the breakfast menu at Kung-Ho, in Bellevue, WA. It's a menu worth requesting, though given the reasonably low prices, more intrepid diners can always just randomly select a number of items and have a good chance of enjoying most everything. But let me steer you to a few of my personal favorites (and where to point should you decide to give them a try). More

Taiwan Eats: An Expat's Thanksgiving Turkey Comes Served Over Rice

Call it turkey over rice, or just "turkey rice," as its name directly translates; either way, should you find yourself in Taiwan's southwestern county of Chiayi, this is the number one dish to try. The soulful, rustic meal has earned island-wide yearnings for its delicate balance of fragrant seasonings. Head over to the recipe to transport your classic Thanksgiving meal (or its leftovers) to an entirely different place. More

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