• Braised,  Chinese/Taiwanese,  Epic Recipes,  Noodles

    Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

    Noodle soup is the purest form of cultural expression. Noodle soup is truth. Ok, am I exaggerating a little? Maybe. Noodle soup always tells a story. It is said that during the Tang Dynasty,  Muslims brought beef noodle soup to western China. The Muslim populations influenced Chinese food heavily with beef dishes and unique spices. La mian (hand-pulled noodles) supposedly has Muslim origins as well. Over time, beef noodle soups gained popularity and became a staple in Lanzhou and other regions of China. Beef noodle was then brought to Taiwan during the early 1990’s after World War II. It is now considered the national dish of Taiwan.  Are you ready to…

  • Epic Recipes,  Meat,  Thai/Lao

    Lao Sausages (Sai Oua)

    My standard meal at my favorite Laotian restaurant in Oakland is a grilled Lao sausage (sai oua), papaya salad (thum mak hoong), and sticky rice. The sausages there are scored and then deep fried, leaving the perfect, crispy edges, which I love so much. Paired with the funkiness of fermented fish sauce (padaek) and crab paste, it’s really just the perfect meal. The sausages are wonderful with just sticky rice and herbs such as mint and lettuce as well. It’s the perfect summer BBQ food. I just can’t wait to get grilling again!  If you have no means to stuff the sausages, don’t be deterred: the sausages taste great without…