location: grandma’s kitchen
My last meals in Taiwan are usually homemade. One, to prevent eating anything that might upset my stomach. And two, just because homemade cooking is an expression of love. Always the best memory to have a nice family dinner before we have to part ways. This is some mung bean sheets and cucumbers in a sesame paste based dressing. My grandma used to make this a lot in previous times I came to Taiwan. It was nice to have it again.
Here, some pork with bamboo and taro. Tender meat with some of my favorite veggies.
Any meal we have is not complete without fish it seems. This is lightly pan fried, so the skin gets a bit crisp.
Here, some kidney with black wood ear mushrooms. I just had a bite of the kidney. My mom loves it. One bite is more than enough for me. I do love the mushrooms though.
This is some tofu with ground pork and chives. The chives add a freshness and make the tofu even more delicious than it already is.
Next, squid with celery. I love my seafood. Crisp celery keeps it light.
And here, clams with luffa, similar to the dish we had in Yilan. The broth is really yummy.
Next, some more fish. This fish is a little fattier near the skin, but I like to eat the fat.. So delicious.
Here, some bitter melon with salted duck egg.
As a gift for medical school, my grandma and aunt got me a thermos cooker. My grandma also got one and to test it out, she made these pig feet. It gets really tender after some time - super flavorful.
I love tofu since it’s so versatile. This is a form of tofu like thin noodles. Just lightly marinated, it’s delicious and healthy.
For some greens, okra. These were so green.
And some shrimp and onions. My grandma spent a while peeling and deveining all this shrimp. And since she had onions in the fridge, she made this dish. This was my last dinner at my grandma’s place - this time at least. I was sad for sure. I hope I will see her again soon.