Friday, May 29, 2015

Silks Place, Tainan 台南晶英酒店

Silks Place, Tainan 台南晶英酒店 is a relatively new establishment and in less than three years, it has received numerous accolades in the hospitality industry.

The highlight of today might sound or even appear weird but the salad-bar offering of the hotel's breakfast is worth the mention.

I like the fresh micro- and salad-greens which includes pea-shoots, alfalfa sprouts, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce that can be combined with beets, cherry tomatoes, lotus root and lotus seeds, pine-nuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almond, cheese. Head towards the egg station (the only complaint I have is that there is only fried/"sunnyside-up" option; no poached or hard-boiled versions available), top the salad with an egg and there you go - a nutritious and delectable breakfast which sets you up ahead for the rest of the day sight-seeing and shopping.

With fiber, proteins, power-nuts-and-seeds, this surely defies the misconception of hotel breakfast being unappetizing and lacking healthy options.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Radish Leaves Spiced Rice/ Biryani 小萝卜叶印度香饭

Small globe radishes can be sliced razor-thin, used in salads; but they can also be kept whole while being cooked in a quick curry-stew.

What do you do with the radish-top leaves which often have a sharp, bitter-peppery taste especially when used fresh?

Recently I found a new way to incorporate the leaves - in Indian-style spiced rice. This is the simplest vegetable biryani to cook, over the stove. Conveniently, you can also add freezer-friendly peas and corns, even carrots but here I am just using fresh carrots, and radish tops, that's all.

Red Globes Radishes and their greens are excellent sources of vitamin C. Radish leaves contain almost 6x the vitamin C content of their roots and far more calcium and protein than the roots. Red  Radish is a very good source of the trace mineral molybdenum, potassium and folic acid. Radishes provide a very good source of potassium and copper. Fresh radish roots contain more vitamin C than cooked radish roots. Many enjoy fresh radish in salad e.g. Arugula, Grapefruit, Radish Salad, while I use the fresh roots in smoothies.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wakame Seaweed Fresh Mushrooms Soup 紫菜海带鲜菇汤

This recipe is similar to Seaweed, Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach Soup, however made simpler this time (without spinach) with wakame seaweed and two kinds of mushrooms - fresh shiitake mushrooms and bunashimeiji beech mushrooms.

To save time, fresh mushrooms are added directly to a simmering pot of soup. However, if you have a little more time on hand, mushrooms are more fragrant (making the soup more flavorful) when lightly sauteed before they are added to the soup.