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Stewed Pork Knuckle Dinner at a Taiwanese Airport

Chef Teng is a well known restaurant chain in Taiwan.  Like any other chains though it started with one restaurant.    I learned that the background of Chef Teng is that he studied some french cuisine in Japan a while back and incorporated some French cuisine in to Taiwanese food, which I found interesting.  The most popular dishes are Beef Noodles Soup and Stewed Pork Knuckles.  Chef Teng’s has been around for years, and now there are several different locations, including at the Kaohsiung Airport!

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鴨血: Make like a Vampire and Eat Some (Duck) Blood

“What do you mean ‘eat some duck blood’!?” You might ask.  Well, what I mean is exactly that.  Duck blood is eaten in some European and Asian countries.  For example, there’s the Czernina from Poland, and there’s Duck blood and vermicelli soup from China.  In Taiwan, it is usually made in to a tofu shape and is basically cubes of clotted duck blood.  (The redness of the soup is just Spicy  Mala Sauce btw… we don’t drink the blood.  That’s crazy!  :P)

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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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