Thursday, January 6, 2011

Taiwan 2010 Trip part 2

As a recap, Baby Bro’s girlfriend (BBG) just went on her annual winter trip to Taiwan. She took a lot of pictures so that I could share them on my blog. Part 1 can be read here.

BBG paid a visit to Mister Donut, something that has been on my must try list ever since reading a post from a Hungry Girl’s guide to Taipei.

They have some flavored donuts that aren’t available here like green tea!

BBG thought the donuts were a little on the chewy side. She also thought the green tea one was really strong in green tea flavor. I definitely want to try the green tea ones. I also want try the adorable bear donuts in the last picture!

BBG also paid a visit to White Wood House, a bakery/chocolate shop.

In addition to the beautiful cakes, they also make the most adorable chocolate figures! I really want the panda one..

That’s all for now! BBG just got back from Taiwan so I’ll be asking her for more photos soon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Heart shaped moffles

I bought a Heart Waffle Iron. Not that I really need one, but I love the idea of heart shaped waffles. Everything tastes better in pretty shapes.

So I decided to try out my heart waffle iron by making moffles. I’ve made moffles before. You can read about them here. Moffles are a japanese treat combining mochi in a waffle iron. Rather than sticking to the waffle iron, these mochi pieces melt and spread out to look like waffles. The exterior is crispy and non-sticky and the inside is chewy.

The type of mochi used for moffles can be purchased at japanese markets. They are hard until heated and are usually individually wrapped and are pre-cut into individual sized squares. Here is a picture I took a while ago:

By themselves, the moffles don’t have much of a taste. They remind me of rice cakes. I like eating them plain but you can also add something to sweeten them like sweetened anko beans or perhaps some nutella spread. BF didn’t like the taste of these, so I drizzled some chocolate on his. You can also use add cheese or something savory.

To make the moffles, you simply put one mochi square into the middle of your waffle iron. I didn’t grease my waffle iron beforehand and had no problem removing the moffle. The moffle will slowly begin to spread. You can’t follow the timer or ready signal on your waffle iron. Instead, you just have to kind of guess. The moffle should spread to a thin layer. When it seems like it is done spreading (i.e. the moffle looks opaque rather than having  solid white mochi chunks still), that is when it is done.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fatima revisit

Fatima Restaurant
10125 Bandley Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 257-3893

It seems like almost every trip back home we end up at Fatima. It’s not necessarily the best, but it’s close by and we all enjoy the knife shaved noodles. Fatima is an islamic chinese restaurant that specializes in its knife shaved noodles and sesame pancake. Knife shaved noodles are homemade noodles that are shaved into individual noodle threads with a knife. The noodles tend to be thick and have a doughy, chewy texture. I’ve stopped taking pictures since I’ve done a few posts, which can be viewed here and here.

But on our most recent trip, we ordered a few different dishes, so I took out my camera.

They have a seafood noodle soup dish that my mom always loves to order.

For some reason, this noodle soup comes in a humongous bowl. My mom is always embarrassed when she orders it because it makes it look like she is eating a ton. If you look at the bowl of soup, and the individual sized rice/soup bowl to the right of it, you can get an idea at just how big this dish is. They even give you a huge ladle to eat it with.

Another dish ordered was the lamb noodle soup, which is always a favorite of mine.

I opted to do things a little differently this time and ordered the stir fried knife shaved noodles with lamb. Sometimes the noodles in this dish can be overcooked, but on this visit, they were cooked just right.

Finally, we had to order some sesame pancake. They have a thick version and a thin one. We prefer the thin one, though with so many layers, it still seems pretty thick.

The service here is just okay, but the food is pretty consistent. A nice bowl of lamp noodle soup is perfect on a cold day.