The Taiwanese Local Cuisine I would Like to Recommend By Guan Wei

May 5th, 2011 Dear Elif Akkuş and Buket Türk,

    The most delicious dessert i want to introduce is “Sago

It very proper to enjoy the dessert in summer.

The colorful fruits makes it more tasty and beautiful .

You can not only fell strong mastic but also the aroma

of fruits.  You should try it!

Sago is made of coconut milk and tapioca (It looks like pearls)

and you can add fruits such as mongo strawberry… By your personal taste.

After the introduce , You may love Sago .

By By Çağla  (guan wei763014郭冠緯 Group5 )

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Rice with Meat by Elif

Hello, Jay, Guan-Wei,Wendy, Wade, Yu-Hung ,Jacky,Grandmother, Shen,Shuo and Yen,

My partner, Elif, would like to recommend one of  the Turkish local food “rice with meat.” She says,” I like rice with meat so I want to recommend it.”
It looks nice. It is made with chopped meat, rice,peas, carrots, butter, salt, spices and water.You can have it everytime.. Pour sufficient scalding water over the rice to cover, stir in a tablespoon of salt and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Put the chopped meat into a saucepan, add some water and cook it. Drain the rice and fry it in the melted butter for 5-6 minutes .Then pour the boiling water and add some salt. Let it cook until there is no water left at high heat, then low heat.The rice should not be sticky but separate into individual grains.Finally put the boiled ingredients on top of the rice.If you want, you can put boiled peas in the rice.After keeping it stand for a while, you can serve. Ayran(drink made with yogurt, salt and water) goes well with it.

Do you want to try it?

By Nicholas                      (Elif)

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Raw Meatballs “Çiğ Köfte” by İrem Işıl

Hi dear friends,
I’ll tell you one of Turkish food and it is Raw Meatball’Çiğ köfte’.When we make it,we use boiled and pounded wheat( bulgur in Turkish),minced meat,onion,tomato sauce,tomato,parsley,lemon,garlic and spices.
Wash and drain the bulgur. Grate the onions, chop the parsley and mix them together. Peel and cut the tomatoes into small cubes and add to the onions and parsley. Put the salt, black pepper, red pepper, all spice and cumin into the mixture, and mix with the hand a couple of times to  blend and set aside.

Raw Meatballs Kneading

Put the meat and bulgur on a large tray and make into a paste by kneading. Moisten hands with cold water sometimes while you are kneading. Add the prepared mixture of onion, tomatoes and spices to the meat and knead to make a paste. Take small pieces of the mixture and press with the palm to flatten it, and put on a serving plate.
Decorate with lettuce and parsley before you serve it. You should prepare raw meatballs just before serving, because if they stand for a long time, the taste is spoiled. I really love this food because it is good for my taste.My partners,İrem and Kübra love it.
Good appetite!

By Nicholas                       (İrem Işıl)

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Stuffed Peppers by Deniz

Hi dear friends,

I want to share a recipe with you. It takes a long time to prepare but very delicious. It is “Stuffed Peppers.”You can stuff any vegetable  like zucchini, eggplant, tomato, cabbage and vine leaves. Green peppers stuffed with rice are considered the king of all dolmas: a royal feast for the eye and the plate.

You can get this food at any restaurant that sells home-made food. It is usually made at home.

Method

Wash the peppers; remove their tops and take out the seeds.Heat the oil in a skillet; add the chopped onion and pine nuts. Once the onions are sautéed and the pine nuts toasted, add the chopped tomatoes.Mix until the tomatoes take on a golden color.Add the rice and the other ingredients.Cook for about 5 minutes and add 1 cup (250 ml) water. Reduce the heat and continue cooking another 10 minutes.To stuff the peppers, spoon the mixture in without packing too firmly. Cut the remaining tomato into 6 slices and place one piece on each pepper.

Place the peppers into a large saucepan. Add 500 ml (2 cups) water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 25 minutes or until the peppers are very tender. Serve at room temperature.

Enjoy it,

By Nicholas                     (Deniz)

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Kırkpınar Oil Wrestling Festival by Deniz

Hey folks,

I will tell you about a different festival happening in Turkiye, Turkish Oil Wrestling Festival.

This is one of the most popular sports in Turkey. Yagli gures means literally oiled wrestling. The wrestlers wear tight short leather trousers called “Kispet”, made of water buffalo leather weighing approximately 13 kilograms, and they cover themselves with olive oil. Matches take place throughout the country but the most famous and most important tournament takes place in Edirne by the end of June and beginning of July.

It’s a big fair as well with music and celebrations and it goes on until the morning. Usually lamb roast is a very popular food. In the entertainments, belly dancing is accompanied by Turkish traditional musical instruments ‘davul’ (drum) and ‘zurna’ (a type of flute) and singings.

Are you interested in festivals like this?

Cheers,

By Nicholas                       (Deniz)

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Baked Potato by İrem Coşkun

Hi lovely friends,
I mention about preparition of the baked patato. This is a multi-material food. It is not prefered to do at home, usually done at cafes, restaurants etc. Actually, it’s so delicious food. İrem truly loves it so much.
Necessary materials are;
-three or four large patatoes
-three teaspoons butter
-six tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
As a garnish;
corn, peas, boiled carrots, green or black olives, green chillies, diced into cubes tomatoes, pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise, you can add.

Preparition:
The patatoes are washed and dried. They are baked in the oven for an hour. The baked patatoes are divided with a knife by half. A teaspoon of butter are applied into the patatoes. Also, a tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese are added. The enough salt are sprinkled into the patatoes and mixed. Whatever you want, which one of the garnish can add into the patatoes and ketchup-mayonnaise. Do you like it?
Bon appetit!
Best,

By Nicholas                       (İrem Coşkun)

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Turkish Style Beans and Bulgur Pilaf by Tayfun

Hey guys,

How are you? Tayfun and I chatted about local food. He told me about one of their famous traditional dish and I want to recommend it to you.

White beans with bulgur pilaf is the traditional Turkish dish. It is to Turkish people  what pasta is to Italians. If you have pickled vegetables, especially cabbage, with it, you cannot expect more.

1.5 cup dry white beans (or 2 cans northern beans)
8-10 ounces beef, cut in small cubes
1-2 tbsp pepper paste
1 onion, chopped
Salt
Black pepper
Cooking oil
Hot water
Red crushed pepper (optional)
(These ingredients are for 6-8 servings.)

Here is Tayfun’s mother’s recipe:

If you will use dry beans, soak them in water overnight. Oil the dutch pan, add chopped onion and sauté until lightly brown. Stir 2 tbsp pepper paste in. Add pre-soaked beans in. Pour 4 quart water and bring it to boil. Occasionally, add some water or beef stock if needed.

Meanwhile, in another pot, sauté beef cubes with 3 tbsp cooking oil. When the beef soaked all the juice and get dry, add some water and let it simmer for 1 hour or it become nice and soft. Sprinkle some salt and turn the heat off.

When the beans get tender, stir the beef to the bean pot. Pour some beef broth or hot water to be able to adjust the juice of the dish. Sprinkle some salt, red crushed pepper and black pepper to taste.
Let simmer together for 10-20 minutes.

If you are going to use cans, you need to sauté onion then add beef stews. Let it cook until tender by adding water occasionally. Stir in pepper paste and mix until combined. Rinse and drain the beans. Add that into beef pot and let simmer for a while. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot with rice or bulgur pilaf. When Turkish people want to say something is extremely delicious, they say” You eat your fingers with it!”

Do you want to try Turkish Style Beans?

Yours,

By Nicholas                  (Tayfun)

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