Old Sichuan’s Mala Hot Pot, Spicy and Numb!

Sichuan (四川), more commonly known as Szechuan in the Western world, is a province in China.  Mala is a very popular Szechuan sauce or style of food from there.  The direct translation of Mala actually describes the taste almost perfectly: Ma = Numb, La = Spicy.  (However, I said almost perfectly because it left out that the taste is what I describe as magical!)  The numbness actually comes from the Chinese peppercorn in the Mala sauce.

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Pots on Fire: Post about “Hot Pots”!

There is nothing I enjoy more for dinner in the winter time than Hot Pot!  In case your’e not familiar, Hot Pot is what most people call Huo Guo or 火鍋. However, it’s literal translation is “Fire Pot” (Huo 火 = Fire, and Guo 鍋 = Pot). I think its literal translation actually describes what it is better. What it is in short is a pot on top of fire.

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Squid Lunch on Seafood Island

As you probably already know, Taiwan is an island.  So it is not at all surprising that seafood is as common as any other food here.  For example, here’s what I had for lunch at the food court of a mall called New Century (大統新世紀) yesterday:

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Taiwanese Range Chicken and “Stone” Japanese Grill

As some of you might already know, I’m a fan of the Paleo diet.  It  basically consists of everything I like – meat and veggies, and it cuts out all the BS (I count processed foods as BS).  Well, as part of this whole meat thing, I’m also a huge fan of some free-range organic meat.  Other than health benefits, the meat just tastes more delicious too!

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