Chinese Snacks, What a Weird Taste Testing Adventure

I love my friend so much I inflicted Chinese Torture on her! How? By making her taste a bunch of weird Chinese snacks on video! Have a laugh at our expense!

They say when in Rome do as the Romans! Well I was in China so I did as the Chinese when it came to tasting Chinese snacks. The Chinese’s idea of how snacks hit the taste buds is very different than the West. Some snacks were really tasty and fun. Others were just plain weird. Many we only found out what they were until we put it in our mouths.

This week I am serving up a recipe for laughter with a 4-part taste testing series.

Tasting Chinese snacks food

Tasty reading ahead, KEEP GOING… →

Agedashi Tofu

I have a friend who introduced me to a series of cooking videos on YouTube. It is a series called cookingwithdog. This Japanese team is made up of a nameless lady and Francis the poodle. Every show (usually) starts with the dog saying “I am Francis, the host of this show Cooking With Dog.” And he remains on the counter supervising. It’s freaking hilarious.

But the recipes are awesome too! All are quick Japanese recipes presented in a very straightforward way. I love it and it really has demystified Japanese cuisine for me. The bento box video is AWESOME! There are about 40 videos right now. But picking my first video recipe to try was easy. I saw a video on Agedashi Tofu. I was made aware of this dish recently with a Montreal Foodie Blogger dinner outing at a Japanese restaurant. My table neighbor eagerly ordered it saying it was such a favorite of hers. A sophisticated fried block of tofu! I had to try it.

Agedashi Tofu

Ingredients

300g Firm Tofu (10.6 oz)
5cm Daikon Radish (2 inch)
A piece of Ginger
4 Shishito Peppers
Potato Starch
Frying Oil

– Sauce –
150ml  Dashi Stock (5.07 fl oz)
2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Mirin

Note: I used corn starch instead of potato starch – a perfectly acceptable substitute. Instead of Dashi stock you could used fish sauce or vegetable stock if vegetarian.

I will let you watch the video for the directions. And check out the other videos, you won’t regret it.

(serves 2)

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