Taiwanese Tea Eggs

Taiwanese Tea Eggs

 

Taiwanese Tea Eggs

Tea Eggs can be found in almost every convenience store in Taiwan. They are hard-boiled eggs that are marinated in aromatic seasoned tea. The evenly cracked shell creates a shining broken glass effect. Enjoy this convenient protein delicacy.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 12 eggs washed
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2-4 tbsp (brown) sugar

Tea Eggs Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • Boil the eggs for 10 minutes. Rinse them under cold water. Let them cool. Crack the eggshells slightly by tapping them gently with the back of a spoon. Set them aside.

Step 2

  • In a POT, boil 3 cups of water. Turn heat off. Steep the tea bags into the water for 5 minutes. Take the tea bags out.
  • Add soy sauce, sugar, and Tea Egg spices. Mix well. Add the eggs.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Turn the eggs halfway.

Step 3

  • Let cool. Transfer the eggs and liquid to a container with lid. Keep the container overnight in the fridge. Turn the eggs once in a while.
  • Optionally, reheat eggs in the liquid, not in the microwave.
  • Serve the eggs cold or warm.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Sichuan pepper, star anise
Bengali Panch Phoron

Bengali Panch Phoron

 

Bengali Panch Phoron

Panch Phoron

Panch phoron is an Indian spice blend from five whole seeds. It includes fenugreek which is known as an essential ingredient to Indian curry blends. The seeds are always used whole. They are fried in oil until they pop, or can be used as a spice rub.
This is a simple recipe for fried chicken. Alternatively, the aromatic oil from step 1 can be used as the base for a fried vegetable dish.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Bengali
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken legs, thighs, wings
  • 5 medium tomatoes quartered
  • 4 cups basmati rice cooked or steamed
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • limes or lemons
  • oil or ghee
  • salt

Panch Phoron Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Brown & yellow mustard, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, nigella
  • [2] Kashmiri chili

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry Panch Phoron [1] spices until they begin to pop.
  • Add ginger and garlic.
  • Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.

Step 2

  • Add chicken and salt to taste.
  • Stir-fry chicken over high heat for about 5 minutes until all sides turn brown.

Step 3

  • Add tomatoes.
  • Add salt and Panch Phoron [2] spices to taste.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for about 10-20 minutes until tomatoes fall apart and the chicken is cooked.

Serve

  • Serve the panch phoron chicken on rice with lime wedges.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with fish filet, shrimp, or tofu.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken with  garbanzo beans, potatoes, and mixed root vegetables.
  • Optionally, season the rice with turmeric.
 
Keyword nigella, panch phoron
Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

 

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian nasi goreng is second on the list of the world’s most delicious meals (voted by CNN readers). Because its original purpose was to use up leftovers, it’s best prepared with rice from the day before and you can be creative with your choice of vegetables. Optionally, add meat or shrimp. We recommend giving tempeh a try. For any combination, the earthy aromatic taste of galangal makes this dish outstanding.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 2-3 cups vegetables of your choice (see notes) finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • 4 cups rice cooked on a previous day
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • soy sauce or tamari (see notes)
  • agave syrup or sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt

Optional

  • 0.5-1 lb shrimp precooked
  • 1 bunch green onions finely sliced
  • 1 cup peanuts finely chopped
  • fish sauce or anchovy paste to taste
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 cup fried onions

Nasi Goreng Culinary Spice Kit

  • Galangal, turmeric, black pepper, nutmeg, amchoor, tamarind

Instructions
 

  • In a large PAN, heat 3 tbsp oil.
  • Fry onions and garlic over medium heat until onions turn slightly brown.
  • Add vegetables and fry them over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes (see notes) until they are almost cooked.
  • Add 2 tbsp soy sauce (see notes), Nasi Goreng spices, 1 tbsp syrup, and salt to taste.

Optional

  • Add 1-2 tbsp anchovy paste or 1-2 tsp fish sauce. Add shrimp. Mix well.

Finish

  • Add the rice. Stir over medium heat until the rice is well blended with all ingredients and reheated.

Optional

  • Garnish with green onions and peanuts.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, fried onions, and/or add a fried egg.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Vegetables

  • For instance: carrots, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, cauliflower or broccoli florets, peas, zucchini, mung bean sprouts.
  • Leftover vegetables are fine as well. Reduce the frying time accordingly.

Soy Sauce or Tamari

  •  Substitutes with a similar taste are: coconut aminos, liquid aminos, or Worcestershire sauce.

Variations

  • Add 0.5-1 lb chicken breast or tempeh, cut into 1/4 inch strips or cubes, together with the vegetables.
  • Place a fried egg on top of the rice. 
  • Add any pickled vegetables as a side.
Keyword amchoor, galangal, nutmeg, tamarind
Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

 

Goan Vindaloo

Goan Vindaloo

Vindaloo is a worldwide popular dish from Goa, India. Its origin is the Portuguese dish "carne de vinho e alhos" (meat cooked in wine vinegar and garlic). The sour-spicy dish came to Goa with Portuguese explorers in the 15th century and was adapted to the local taste and ingredients.
We recommend to try it with pork or lamb, though it takes a bit longer to cook. Vindaloo is usually very hot. Our spice blend has only a little kick, not hot at all. You can adjust the heat level to taste with fresh chilies.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 1 .25 lbs chicken thighs or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head garlic smashed or grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1/4 cup vinegar wine or apple cider
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • sugar brown recommended
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • Boiled potatoes, rice, or naan bread
  • Roasted cauliflower, cooked peas, or pickles

Optional

  • Fresh chilies to taste chopped

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, turmeric, white poppy seeds, cinnamon, cloves, Kashmiri chili

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Season the meat with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, combine garlic, ginger, vinegar, mustard, chilies (optinal), and Vindaloo spices.
  • Add the meat and mix until all meat is well coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Cook

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat. Fry the onions until they turn brown.
  • Add meat. Fry the meat for 5 minutes over high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Cover the POT. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently.
  • Add 1 tsp sugar and 1 cup of hot water. Mix well.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes over medium-low heat until the meat is falling apart. Stir occasionally.
  • Add more sugar and/ or vinegar to taste.
  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Optionally, start with 1/8 cup vinegar for the marinade and add more vinegar to taste during the cooking.
  • Substitute the chicken with duck or with lamb or pork stew meat. Adjust the cooking time in the last step.
  • Substitute the chicken with garbanzo beans and/or cubed vegetables (for instance eggplant, cauliflower, and/or sweet potatoes).  
Keyword Kashmiri chili, white poppy seeds
Sichuan Beef

Chinese Sichuan Beef

 

Sichuan Beef

Sichuan, also known as Szechuan, is a province in China. It's the origin of Panda bears and Sichuan pepper. This spice is very common in Asian cuisine. It is not related to pepper and has a very special taste with a citrus note. Notably, Sichuan pepper creates a numbing sensation in your mouth. Try it sprinkled over your dish or use the remainder in a dish with beans or mushrooms.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb sirloin beef cut into thin strips
  • 12 oz vegetables see below, cut into thin slices
  • 6-8 oz noodles see below, cooked
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry or wine
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp corn starch or arrowroot
  • vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • salt

Sichuan Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves
  • [2] Sichuan pepper

Suggested Vegetables

  • Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms

Suggested Noodles

  • Lo mein or any long thick noodles

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix beef with 1/4 cup soy sauce, Sichuan [1] spices, and up to half of the Sichuan [2] spices.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Stir-fry beef (keep the marinade for later) for about 1 minute until it changes color.
  • Take the beef out and set aside.
  • In the same PAN, add 2 tbsp oil. Stir-fry vegetables over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and sherry halfway.
  • Add 1 cup of water, the marinade, and salt to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Dissolve starch in 1 tbsp water. Add the slurry to the PAN. Mix well. 
  • Stir in the noodles. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Return the beef and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until it's just cooked.
  • Sprinkle some Sichuan [2] spices on the plated meal (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken breast.
  • Substitute beef with tofu (see below).
Sichuan Tofu
  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Mix the marinade without the tofu.
  • Drain the tofu for 30 minutes in a large strainer.
  • In cooking step 1), bake the tofu in the OVEN at 350°F until it turns brown. Set aside.
  • Continue with steps 2) to 4) without changes.
  • In step 5) substitute beef for tofu.
Keyword cinnamon, ginger, Sichuan pepper, star anise
Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

 

Sichuan Hotpot

Chinese Sichuan Hotpot

Warming hotpot is one of the most popular dishes of the Chinese province Sichuan (aka Szechuan). The Sichuanese love to get together with family and friends spending hours sitting around the simmering pot, eating, and chatting.
Asian groceries offer hotpot bases with ingredients like monosodium glutamate and artificial flavors. The mild SpiceBreeze hotpot seasoning uses only pure and freshly ground spices.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 2 quarts bone broth homemade or good quality store-bought
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 small onions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar or honey, or syrup
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 strainer cups or slotted spoons

Hotpot Culinary Spice Kit

  • Fennel, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorn, Sichuan peppercorn (not recommended during pregnancy)

Suggested Dipping Ingredients

  • ▪ thinly sliced meat of your liking
  • ▪ large shrimp, sliced fish filet, or squid
  • ▪ a variety of mushrooms, bok choy, savoy or napa cabbage, (sweet) potatoes, mung bean sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli florets

Suggested Sides

  • ▪ cilantro, green onions, watercress, radish
  • ▪ dipping sauces (see notes)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium POT, heat 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Fry onions over medium-low heat until translucent.
  • Add garlic and ginger.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, 1 tbsp sugar, and Hotpot spices.
  • Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add broth, and salt and sugar to taste.
  • Mix well. Bring to a boil. Turn off.

Serve

  • Place POT on a small stove in the center of the dining table. Keep the soup gently boiling.
  • Place your choice of dipping ingredients, dipping sauces, and sides on separate plates around it.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Add chili peppers to taste to half of or all of the pot.
  • Substitute tomato paste with 1 cup of beer.
Alternative Dishes
Use the Hotpot spices for one of these recipes:
Sichuan beef (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Dublin spice bag (Use all of the Hotpot spices per recipe and add chili powder to taste.)
Taiwanese ló͘-bah-png (Use about 1 tbsp of the Hotpot spices per recipe.)
Basic Dipping Sauces
  • Mix 1 tbsp each of soy sauce or tamari, rice or apple cider vinegar, and water. Optionally, add to taste green onions, cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilis (all finely chopped), or make several sauces with different combinations.
  • Mix 1/2 cup each of tahini, soy sauce or tamari, and rice or apple cider vinegar. Add 1-2 cups of water to taste. Optionally, add sugar, mustard, and/or sesame seeds to taste.
  • Mix 1/4 cup each of minced garlic, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. Add salt to taste.
Keyword cinnamon, fennel, Sichuan pepper, star anise