On August 27, 2022 (Sat), a workshop was held to learn Chinese while cooking and tasting a Taiwanese home-style dish called ” Lu Rou Fan ” together with Ms. Shi, a trilingual teacher from Taiwan.
There is a saying that “Eating out of the same pot.” and “Communication while drinking.” are such common phrases, that sharing food with others brings you closer and makes you feel closer to each other. This workshop was exactly like that, with a friendly atmosphere from start to finish, and it was an event bringing Taiwan closer to us.
Teacher Shi’s Interview:”世界を身近に”世界中の先生から学ぶインタビュー①台湾出身 シさん
Main flow of the workshop day is as follows.
1) Introduction of Dr. Shi & Participants’ Self-Introduction
2) Recipe Explanation
3) Cooking & Chinese Lesson
4) Tasting & Social
Ms. Shi graduated from Taiwan University with majors in Japanese language. (JLPT N1 & TOEIC score 750)
After working as a customer service representative at a hotel, she worked in the IT industry producing manuals related to robotics and AI, and participated in interpretation and system implementation projects for a Japanese company that is expanding globally.
Working as a bridge between countries all over the world.
Mr. Shi is a globally active teacher.
Why did Ms. Shi choose the “Japanese Department” at her university?
She says it was because she was so touched when she came to Kyoto on a family trip.
The touching experience was a moment that defined her life schedule.
After introducing the teacher, we moved on to cooking, and while cooking, Ms. Shi gave us various pointers on how to make Lu Rou Fan tasty.
By the way, have you ever heard about “Lu Rou Fan”?
Lu Rou Fan is a dish similar to Japanese stewed pork cubes topped with rice.
Lu Rou Fan, a stewed dish, may seem brown and strong in flavor, but the taste was mellow.
The reason was related to Taiwan’s unique “soy sauce”.
Tip 1: Taiwanese Soy Sauce
Taiwanese soy sauce is sweet and not as salty as Japanese soy sauce. It is delicious!
It may be a little like Kyushu soy sauce, but sweeter and mellow.
Teacher Shi. says, “This Taiwanese soy sauce is the key point!”.
The Taiwanese soy sauce from the manufacturer that she brought with her was sent by her mother for this event, which was not sold in Japan.
We are glad that the teacher was so thoughtful as to bring something delicious to introduce Taiwanese food.(Taiwanese soy sauce itself can be purchased at overseas food stores.)
Although the dish made with Japanese soy sauce was delicious, but compared to Taiwanese soy sauce, it was better suited to the dishes.
Tip 2: Cook the Fatty Parts & Meat Parts Separately
Use pork meat(ribs) in Lu Rou Fan.
The point is to cook the fatty part and the meaty part separately!
First of all, remove excess fat from the meat and heating the fatty part well.
This process is to change the texture of the meat.
The fat that comes out can be saved and used in stir-fries and other dishes to enhance the flavor.
Tip 3: For Sweetness, Use Rock Crystal Sugar!
The point of the sugar is to use white rock crystal sugar!
That will make it mellow.
Glacial sugar is often used only to make plum syrup or fruit syrup.
However, when used in cooking, it gives a mellow finish, which was an eye-opening experience.
There are also many other points to make it tasty, such as adding black pepper and fried onions, depending on your preference.
The following are some of the comments we received after the workshop.→During the meat cooking, we had a chance to study with Chinese lesson prepared by the teacher.
As for Chinese, four tones are difficult, but we challenge it without hesitation first!
If you can’t say “I want to eat Lu Rou Fan.” or “It’s very delicious!” in Chinese, you won’t get to eat it.
Teacher suggested this rule for this workshop to encourage everyone to try it (lol).
For example, when traveling to Taiwan or China, or when speaking in Chinese, you will immediately use every day phrases in daily life or shopping.The Chinese conversation practice focused on phrases that you might use in your daily life or while traveling.Materials for the workshop were also written in English, which made it easier to understand.
Now it’s time to taste the dish!
This time, Ms. Shi also specially prepared “Cha Ye Dan,” eggs that are eaten as a snack in Taiwan.
This egg is so famous in Taiwan that it is even sold in convenience stores, just like “Oden” in Japan.
It is similar to “Oden” in Japan.It was also delicious.
Also, Taiwanese snacks such as dried mangoes, watermelons, and sunflower seeds also were served with them.
“Watermelon seeds are a snack?”
It was a culture shock to learn that watermelon seeds are a snack, and also surprising to realize the size of the seeds.The seeds were so thin that it was difficult to take them out….
In China and Southeast Asia, eating watermelon seeds as a snack seems to be commonplace, and one participant told us that when he traveled there, he saw adults eating them on trains normally.
If you can eat watermelon seeds, you are as good as an Asian gourmet? (lol).
While eating Lu Rou Fan and snacks, the participants listened to the stories of the teacher’s global activities and stories of other participants, laughing at times, admiring at other times, and being stimulated by each other.
Despite the short time together, the conversation and the food were just like those in Taiwan.
It was a wonderful experience, as if we were all studying together before going on a trip.
The following are some of the comments we received after the workshop.
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