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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Bada Forest Theme Paradise

The Bada (8大) Forest Theme Paradise is located in Pingtung (屏東), Taiwan.  On the drive over from Kaohsiung, I really had no idea what to expect, other than the fact that ‘it’s a fun place in the forest’.  Well, turns out it’s… well, exactly that!  Here’s what you’ll find at Bada Forest Theme Paradise:

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