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Category Archives: Taiwanese

Hot pot – our Christmas dinner

As a child of Taiwanese immigrants, I was sometimes embarrassed by the ethnic dishes my mom served for Christmas dinner. I wanted the beautiful browned turkey and the honey-lacquered ham; what we got was roasted duck from Chinatown. (And you can stop it with the fa-ra-ra-ra-ra jokes already.) Now, a couple of decades later, I [...]

Garlic chives

Over the weekend, my mom gave me a lovely bunch of garlic chive buds freshly cut from a friend’s garden. Used primarily in Asian cooking, garlic chives are different than the thin, hollow little stems you chop up and sprinkle over baked potatoes — the leaves are flat and broad like blades of grass but [...]