Posts Tagged ‘cheesecake’
Ladies, want to know how to torture your guy friends?
Take them to Hello Kitty Cafe.
As with most of the places I visited in Taipei, I have no idea where this is so you’re on your own should you need to hunt the location down. You might get lucky if Jess stops by and adds a comment with the address to some of these places. What I do remember is that this is near the really big Sogo at the MRT station that sells deliciously smelling Baker Boy buns.
We had the genius idea to have a dumpling themed dinner party last week and had to act quick due to impending vacations and travels. The usual suspects arrived at my apt around 7pm to start whippin’ up dinner. We didn’t eat until about 10pm! Of course, the star of the show were pork and chicken dumplings (we ended up with about 80). The filling is made of lean ground pork, tiger shrimp, garlic, green onions, and soy sauce. We made half a batch with ginger and half a batch without. They cooked really quickly after a quick swim in boiling water (wo)manned by the other Joann (toJ) and Jen Lui.
The result was a mountain of delicious dumplings. Everyone made their own dipping sauce – from the simple (plain ol’ white vinegar) to the hot (lots of sriracha) to the creative (sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, sriracha).
To compliment dinner we had mongolian beef (?) and pork bone and daikon soup courtesy of Chef Lee and toJ, respectively. The mongolian beef was saucy and spicy. Not what we were expecting from the recipe but good nonetheless.
The pork bone and daikon soup was simple and light. It won me over with the cilantro garnish.
I tried my hand at Japanese Cheesecake (yes, again) and this time from a new recipe. I actually really liked this one. I kinda forced it out of the oven so it shrank quite a bit. Remember, Japanese Cheesecake is actually just a souffle in disguise. Next time I’ll be more gentle and let it rest in the oven for an hour or so. The texture was slightly wet (undercooked) but really nice and fluffy. The lemon juice added a nice kick and while this recipe called for less cream cheese than previous ones, it had the cream cheesiest taste of all of my attempts. If you’d like to try it out, the recipe can be found here.
We also had 3 varieties of ice cream mochi which helped end the evening with magazine reading, Britney bashing, and a classic episode of TLC’s What Not to Wear. My kind of evening.
I was working last weekend so I didn’t get a chance to cook a real meal for myself. Buuuut, I did go home super hungry Saturday night. Here’s the outcome:
Not bad right? It’s mostly just some ‘souped up’ (get it?) instant ramen. The only thing Ranch 99 had when I made a grocery run a week ago was the beef and tomato flavor. Not a favorite but not horrible either. I threw in leftover baby bok choy, bean sprouts, 1 egg, and some chili flakes. Total cook time: 15 minutes.
The Japanese Cheesecake was a recent experiment. It didn’t rise as much as it was supposed to but it was still nice, fluffy, and shockingly low calorie. I’ll blog about it when I try the recipe again.