Monday, March 24, 2014

Yu’s Garden Breakfast

One of the things I miss most about Taiwan is the breakfast.

There are very few options for Taiwanese breakfast, especially in San Diego. Yu’s Garden began serving Taiwanese breakfast a few weeks ago. After reading subpar reviews, I was a little wary, but I finally decided to give it a try.

Even though the restaurant has been opened a few months now, the staff still hasn’t figured out an efficient formula. We sat and waited for quite a while before finally helping ourselves to a menu. Throughout the meal we also had to ask for the very basics: water, utensils, and individual bowls and plates.

Once we ordered though, the food arrived pretty quickly.

Scallion Pancake

Most of the prices for breakfast seemed pretty reasonable, but I thought the scallion pancake was priced a little too high. I didn’t want to order it, but I had read good reviews on it and it seemed many other tables were ordering it, so I decided to give it a try.

We were both disappointed. Scallion pancakes are known for the strong scallion flavor and flaky layers. This lacked flavor and flakiness. It wasn’t horrible, but it was just average and I wouldn’t think to order it again.

Egg Pancake

The egg pancake consists of a Chinese-style savory pancake that is cooked with an egg. This was quite bland, with neither the egg or the pancake having much flavor.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shrimp Toast

I haven’t had shrimp toast since I was a kid. And even then, I’ve only ever had it at restaurants.

A few weeks ago when I was watching The Taste, one of the contestants made shrimp toast and I was suddenly reminded of this dish I hadn’t thought of in years, which made me want to try making it.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Latest Kitchen Tools and Equipment

I love collecting new kitchen tools and equipment. I recently acquired a few that I am really loving and wanted to share.

Progressive International Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Amazon photo

I’ve gone through a few set of measuring spoons. The plastic ones break, sometimes I lose one in the set, etc. I recently got these and love them. What I love most is that the each spoon has measuring on both ends, which is so useful because many recipes will require more than one ingredient with the same measurement, so this allows you to keep measuring out your recipe without having to stop and wash your measuring spoon constantly. The magnetic strip is nice too because it keeps the whole set together. They don’t take up much room either.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Pure Can Opener

Until recently I had no idea that there was such thing as a smooth edge/ safety can opener. All my life I’ve used the regular hand crank ones or the electric ones. When we recently moved, I found all sorts of unopened forgotten tools that I had previously bought or been gifted. I decided to break out this new can opener, thinking it was just a regular hand crank one.

When I opened my first can and it easily went across the entire rim, I thought “Oh no, this is broken. It didn’t cut through.” But then I inspected my can and to my surprise, it had!

This is the can, already cut:

Look at that smooth edge!

Instead of cutting into the top of the metal and created a jagged ring around the surface like the usual can openers, it instead cuts on the side. You exert very little pressure to twist and cut and the end result is a smooth edge cut. I’m always so worried about cutting myself on those jagged edges, but this one is super smooth. I am so in love with this can opener. It is a bit pricey though. I actually found a few well reviewed similar ones for about half the price. I don’t know if they are as good, but if you are interested in trying out a smooth edge opener and not willing to pay as much you can try this Kuhn Rikon one that got really good reviews.