Foodie Friday: Fried Taro Rolls

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Fried taro rolls: mini egg-roll looking taro pieces These are great as appetizers or mini desserts! They've got real taro on the inside and a light crispy skin. Not as flaky as fried taro puffs, they concentrate on providing the full root flavor. Fun fact: The leaves of the taro plant look like elephant ears. … [Read more...]

#AuthorProfile: Shawna Yang Ryan

Shawna Yang Ryan

"Your kind spirit will lead to many new friendships." Name: Shawna Yang Ryan Accomplishments: Fulbright Scholar; Teaches at University of Hawaii Latest book: Green Island Shawna Yang Ryan is super sweet and down-to-earth. Her latest novel, Green Island, took many years of research. She ended up interviewing people, both in Taiwan and here in America, about how the 228 Massacre affected their lives. Before penning her book, she also had to process all the turbulent emotions involved in … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Durian Ice Cream

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Tried out… Durian ice cream: creamy, powerful-tasting ice cream You can smell this “king of the fruits” from a mile away. There’s a certain almost rotting quality to the stench. It makes you want to crinkle your hose. It’s hard to describe the durian taste—a mouthful of flavor that hits you in the stomach; an earthy, pungent flavor. But I figured that would be reduced in ice cream. Nope. It’s still got super intense taste (and smell). Thankfully, it was tempered by the egg … [Read more...]

#BookReview Wangs vs. The World

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"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang 3.5 stars Pros: variety of characters pops of Chinese culture honest tone Cons: likability of characters road trip trope loose resolution I heard all the hype about Wangs vs. The World, so it was on my TBR list for a while. The basic premise is the Wang family falls from riches to rags. For some reason in my mind, I expected a different tone from the novel, maybe … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Teh Tarik

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Teh Tarik: pulled milk tea I heart this Malaysian staple. There's nothing like a frothy cup of tea to make me feel all cozy. It's also a simple recipe that lists only black tea and condensed milk as ingredients. The tea is supposed to be poured back and forth between containers to make those yummy bubbles on top of the beverage. Fun fact: Teh tarik is considered the national drink of Malaysia. … [Read more...]

2-2-8 70 years

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On this 70th anniversary, we remember the atrocities that happened in Taiwan. How peaceful demonstrations turned into unrest and eradication across the land. We remember the dark period in Taiwan, the years called White Terror. In LA, we took time to recall, to mourn, and to promise to resist against the horrific ever occurring again. The 228 Memorial Event in El Monte featured music when words could not express the bountiful grief.   Political leaders stood together in support … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Szechwan braised pork

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It's been a long time since I've gone for hot and spicy. With the cold and wet weather outside, though, I braved the fiery food. Szechwan braised pork: saucy pork belly Okay, so this actually was one of the dishes without a red hot chili pepper next to its name. The plus part? Lots of tender meat. The minus? Loads of fat. It was too greasy for my taste actually, but it's packed full of umami flavor. Here's a recipe for it. … [Read more...]

New Blog Topics

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"Now go to it! It's ready to be pick [sic]." So I've been blogging for about five years now, and there came a time (recently) when I got tired of putting out words and not getting feedback (or worse, spam) in return. However, I'm going to continue at it, thanks to the encouragement of friends. I do like expressing myself, and I think there's a strong need for diverse voices at present. However, I'm going to change up the format. I typically post on Mondays and Fridays. I'll be continuing … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Bubble Waffle

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Tried out my first... Bubble waffle: poofy waffles that have raised bumps These are also known as Hong Kong egg waffles. Made using a special mold, they're soft and chewy. Often, they have extra hidden goodies inside the bubbles. My favorite? Mochi. See video below to see how to make them: P.S. I'll be doing a top ten list next week to go over my new blogging topics. … [Read more...]

Tech Noob

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"Listen these next few days to your friends to get answers you seek." Hi, folks. Sorry, my website's been down and a few posts deleted. Unfortunately, I've been getting a lot of spam in my posts and generally getting attacked. I'm not sure if it's a Wordpress thing or my own poor computer skills. I'd still love to blog once in a while, but I'm beginning to feel bogged down by it all. Any advice for me? Do you keep a blog? Recommendations on having your own Wordpress.org site or getting a … [Read more...]

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