Chicken Yakitori

One of the things I always enjoy in an izakaya with a nice frosty Asahi beer, is Yakitori chicken. It has been demanded that we use the barbecue this year and so we did.

It turns out yakitori is not the hardest thing in the world to cook. put strips of chicken on a skewer, alternating with a couple of centimetres of spring onion. When preparing the sauce, reduce it by half so it’s nice and sticky. The sauce is nothing special, just the usual soy, mirin, sake and sugar combination. Once the chicken is on the grill, keep brushing it with sauce to add to the glaze.

Tare sauce typically looks like:

Don’t sweat the tamari/dark soy sauce thing. Just use Kikkoman lke a normal Asian. Taken from the Great British Chef‘s version of the recipe. And very tasty it was too.

Eating Taipei

We made our annual pilgrimage to eating Taipei. This was on condition we got to see *my* friends for a change. This we did. And, because it was Taipei, we ate across Asia: China, Japan, Myanmar and Tibet. This is a document of all the great things we ate. Food is awesome in Taipei because of its torrid past and present.

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Of the food we had, and pictured here was:

  • Teppanyaki. It was OK. Most of the dishes tasted similar, however, Thai basil elevated them.
  • We had lunch from a Myanmar cafĂ©. That was interesting. A totally different combination of flavours, most of which I didn’t recognise. Peanuts were a major component.
  • The old fish market. This was out of this world. I’ve never seen shrimps or crab legs this large. If I did it again, I would get more vegetables, some sweetcorn maybe.
  • Family wedding. An assortment of Chinese dishes trooped out over a couple of hours. Overall, not bad. Shrimps weren’t quite as big but still juicy. Lamb chops (not something I’d associate with Taiwan) and eel (more Japanese, I’d guess).
  • Tibetan. A certain style of Indian food executed competently. The garlic naan was amazing and the chicken tikka good.
  • Even the final meal at the airport food court wasn’t bad. Despite my being in a wheelchair (another story) at this point! You can’t go wrong with fried chicken in Taipei!

All I can say is: if you ever get the chance to go to Taiwan: GO! Great place, great food, lovely people. Yes, English, well, American is widely spoken and there’s a 7-11 on every street corner.