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February 29, 2020

【美食大三通】Malaysia Part 1 馬來西亞(一)

This Taiwanese TV food series appeared as a recommendation for me recently on YouTube. I watched it and, oh boy, made me so homesick for Malaysian street food! Even though this is almost 10 years old (the show was from 2011), it is still very informative on the traditional street food of Malaysia. One thing I like about this show is that the hosts, one of them is a chef, are not afraid to try everything since they are from Taiwan which has very similar food heritage to Chinese Malaysian, especially Hokkien food. This is part 1 of a 4-part series on Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia). Oh, and look out for the Nyonya Desert! LOL…


February 26, 2020

Forever Your Dad – Leehom Wang 王力宏

Filed under: Music — SeaDragon @ 5:30 pm

Just finished listening to the new song from Leehom Wang which came out yesterday, it is a tear-jerker… The background to the song from Leehom:
“My high school buddy Dave Neufeglise reached out to me back in July 2018 with an e-mail that I’ll never forget. He’d been diagnosed with ALS, and had written a poem for his three young daughters, about some of the most important things he wanted them to know. Having three young children of my own, this poem went straight to my heart, and setting it to music (Dave likes country music, so I used a bit of a Nashville singing style) has been a great honor and a meaningful journey. Countless times during the process, I teared up in the studio, imagining those iconic images, one after another, that Dave writes about. They are fleeting rites of passage that might seem mundane at the time, yet when placed in the context of the song, the fatherly love embedded inside each is revealed and felt. A father’s love for his daughter is like nothing else in the world. The same goes for a song that truly comes from the heart.” – Wang Leehom


February 25, 2020

【用點心做點心】Spring-Onion Pastries 蟹殼黃

Filed under: Cooking Videos,Dim Sum — SeaDragon @ 12:01 am
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This is a traditional Northern Chinese pastry with stuffed spring onions and lard, known as Golden Crab-Shell in Chinese due to its crabshell-like outer layer of the pastry after baking even though there’s no crab meat filling whatsoever! There are a number of different fillings for this pastry including sweet fillings. Rice does not grow in northern China, therefore wheat is one of the grains they can grow which is processed into flour to make noodles and pastries for dumplings, baos, etc. You will also notice that this pastry is very similar to the Black Pepper Pork Pastries which would have been originally evolved from this spring-onion pastry over the years.


February 22, 2020

【用點心做點心】Japanese Cream Roll 生乳捲

Filed under: Cakes & Cupcakes,Cooking Videos — SeaDragon @ 8:00 am
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The Japanese Cream Roll (生乳捲) or Hokkaido Cream Roll has been very popular in Asian countries for the past decade. The Hokkaido cream is reputed to be very fragrant and supposedly been pasteurized at low temperature, but it is very hard to buy outside of Japan, so just use whatever good pure cream you can get your hand on for the cream filling. I have made Cotton Sponge Roll which is very similar using the 60°C roux method. I am linking this video basically to show how to roll the chiffon roll (at about 18:50 minutes mark), this method only works with chiffon cake rolls, as they have higher moisture content, it will not work with the western-style Swiss rolls which are dryer in texture. However this video has very loud background music which is very annoying, LOL, so turn down the volume on your player…


February 20, 2020

MasterChef Australia 12: Back To Win (2020)

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 9:00 am

Please note this post will contain spoilers!


February 17, 2020

【用點心做點心】Black Pepper Pork Pastries 胡椒餅

Filed under: Cooking Videos,Dim Sum — SeaDragon @ 7:30 pm
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Taiwanese snack video from Formosa TV Entertainments‘ (民視綜藝娛樂) TV show called 用點心做點心 (translated as “Use Your Heart, Make A Snack”). From today, I will occasionally link cooking demonstration videos from Taiwan, especially Taiwanese snacks, here, and maybe I will translate the recipes into English when I have time. First off, this is a savoury Taiwanese Baked Black Pepper Pastries (胡椒餅) recipe.


February 16, 2020

Onion 洋蔥 – ‎Aska Yang 楊宗緯

Filed under: Music — SeaDragon @ 6:00 pm
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An old song from 2008 that is still so beautifully sad to listen to… The song was written especially for Aska by Ashin (阿信). Ashin is the vocalist of the Taiwanese band Mayday (五月天), who also recorded the song in 2013. Also in May, 2013, TF Family (TF家族, now known as TFBoys), a young boy band from Chongqing recorded the song on video, using the song to look for the mother of one of the band members, who abandoned him when he was very young, and the video went viral. Ashin saw the video and posted it on his facebook, and in 2019, invited Karry (王俊凱), one of the TFBoys members, to sing the song in one of their concerts.


February 8, 2020

Walk With Me – Måns Zelmerlöw & Dami Im

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 10:38 pm

A special performance on Eurovision — Australia Decides 2020 tonight!


Can We Make Heaven – Diana Rouvas

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 10:26 pm

I think this is my favourite song from Eurovision — Australia Decides 2020 which aired tonight.


February 7, 2020

Half and Half: Taiwanese Hokkien Relay (webisode 20200128) 2分之一強: 《遊戲王》台語傳話

Filed under: Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 10:00 pm

Tomorrow, February 8, is the Lantern Festival (元宵節), or the 15th day, or the last day of the Lunar New Year Celebrations, so let’s have a little fun watching this snippet of game show webisode of Half and Half from Taiwan.

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