Tokkuri

Ugh, Valentine’s Day. The price of flowers hikes up by 150 per cent, enormous teddy bears everywhere clutching love cushions, restaurants advertising their “Valentine’s Day Special Menu” as soon as New Year’s Eve is over. I saw it as the most revolting day during my single years, and even now that I’m in a relationship (which continues to…

Mapo “Grandma’s” Tofu

It never fails to amuse people when I tell them I’m pretty terrible at cooking Asian cuisine (and also speaking, writing, and reading in Mandarin – but that’s a story for another time). Obviously having grown up in a Taiwanese household, my home-cooked meals always had the characteristic flavours of soy, rice wine, sesame oil,…