Sunday dinner – cod fish and chorizo in tomato sauce and mixed brown rice

It’s been few weeks that I was focusing on cooking healthy food, this is the first week after a while that I try to cook something different, not saying that I am cooking some unhealthy food….. lol….. I will try to stay with healthy, but not vegetarian or vegan for this week.

I am thinking to cook a fish dish, instead of always cooking salmon, maybe cod fish is an option for tonight. I am going to do a tomato sauce with chorizo, onion and celery, then to serve it with mixed long grain brown rice. Still sounds healthy, right?

So, heat up the pan with some butter, and then put the minced garlic and diced onion into it, fry them until they start to caramelise. Then, add the chopped red chili pepper, chopped celery and diced chorizo, fry them a bit, and then add the diced tomatoes with some tomato puree as well if you want to have a stronger taste. Add some water and bring it to boil, season it with salt, pepper and some pripika. On the other hand, also season the cod fish with salt and pepper, then add the cod fish in and cover the lid, let it simmer for around 10-15 minutes and remember to flip the fish over in the middle of the way.  On the other hand, you should have get your rice ready, I am using rice cooker, so it’s easy and quick.

When the cod fishes are ready, serve them with rice and garnish it with some parsley.


Din Tai Fung is always nice, they won’t let you down!

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese Dim Sum Restaurant, and it’s originally from Taiwan. The first restaurant is located in Xinyi Road in Taipei City, since the 80s. It’s amazing that how many branches they have opened during the last 30 years, everywhere in the world, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, Australia and etc. So far, I’ve been to the Original one in Taiwan and two other branches in Taiwan, Shanghai, Singapore and all of the branches in Hong Kong. I would say, they never disappoint me! The quality of food is good and pretty consistent, and the service is also good.

But one thing I want to highlight is the original restaurant in Xinyi Road, Taipei. If you love Din Tai Fung, please try to dine there at least one time, the experience is really something! First of all, you have to line up, no reservation as usual, and they don’t care who you are, even the president of Taiwan also need to line up! The building is with 3-storey, and the famous Xiao Long Bao production view is on the ground floor near the entrance. You will see so many people all in white uniform, line up in the kitchen making dumplings, interesting to watch! The food of course is very good, but what actually impressed me was the standard of the service. They do have a lot of servers, waiter/waitress stand by all the time. Someone is there constantly refilling your cup of tea, very observant and attentive. They know exactly what you need and they just came to you at the right moment. Somehow I found that they try to do that at their branches, but the service level could never be as good as the original one, but still not bad.

Talking about food, of course the must have well-known Xiao Long Bao, and I just like the basic one, not really those with truffle oil or crab. The simple one is the best! I actually can easily order 10-20 dishes that I like, and they all taste good! This so-called Taiwanese Dim Sum is actually just like the Shanghainese food. But the way they do is better than a lot of Shanghainese restaurants. All appetisers are simple but nice, for example, cucumber with garlic and chilli, jellyfish with turnip, you can easily finish a few if you are going with few friends. For main course, can choose between rice, noddles or different kind of dumplings. Dessert is also nice, and I love the almond tofu, silky smooth! As I said, they will never disappoint you.