Posts Tagged ‘Chong-Yo’

baking teensy: edition 4

February 3, 2010

A roast vegetable salad which makes the most of seasonal spring produce.

The weather is warming up. That means it’s time for an inter-seasonal dish like a cold roast vegetable salad. I used cous cous sent from New Zealand via the amazing international postal service but you could use brown rice.

Roast Vegetable Salad
for two to three people

what you need:

1 medium potato – diced

1 carrot – diced

1 medium sweet potato – diced

1 medium onion – cut into wedges

A handful of mushrooms – halved

A handful of cherry tomatoes (red or yellow is fine)

Dried or fresh rosemary

Dried or fresh parsley

A salad base like cous cous or brown rice

Extra virgin olive oil

Runny honey

White wine vinegar or the juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper

how to do it:

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C. Place the sweet potato, onion, potato and carrot on a oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the rosemary. Place the tray in the oven to roast for about 1 hour until nearly soft. Add in the cherry tomatoes and the mushrooms. Roast for a further 20 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, cook the brown rice or cous cous according to the packet directions. I get my brown rice from an organic store near Carrefour on Chongde Road in Taichung. Leave to cool.

When the vegetables are done, combine them with the brown rice/cous cous in a large bowl. Drizzle over some more olive oil, the white wine vinegar/lemon juice, the honey, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and the parsley.

Eat it!

teensy tid bits:

I get my mum to send cous cous to me in the post from New Zealand. I haven’t found it over here yet. If anyone knows where to get it, please let me know. Brown rice also tastes amazing in this dish so it’s a great substitute. In fact, you could use a spiral-type pasta, or lentils, or any other nutritious filler you like. Experiment!

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write up: waterfall, 2009 summer issue function

February 3, 2010

Eating, sleeping, making babies, or music, writing, selling, re-enacting famous battle scenes. What’s your function in life?

Function is a word normally applied to inanimate objects: a chair’s function is to provide a place for a person to sit; a cup’s function is to be a vessel from which a person can drink fluid. How does this change when we apply it to people?

I came across the 2009 Summer issue function of waterfall when shopping in Elite’s Chong Yo branch here in Taichung. You may remember the post. It was an exciting find and I was waiting till just the right time to open the magazine, a time when I could dedicate my full attention to it’s pages. And that time came this morning. Here are my thoughts…


What’s your function in life? waterfall‘s attempt to answer this intimidating question is both poignant and clumsy; some of their writers and photographers really do demonstrate an ability to capture this theme while others fall into a chasm of ramblings and cliché imagery.

The issue is divided roughly into three sections: Youth, Love and Microcosmos. A brilliant written piece by Shauba Chang really embodies the Love category for me. It’s melancholy (but not angst-ridden) tone reminded me of long lonely rainy Sundays when you’re stuck inside with too much time on your hands to think coupled with a stuffy brain.

Love of another? Or love of what you do? Or both? Is that perhaps, your function?

Many people have a day job that they don’t enjoy but do it most of the time; is that their function in life? I’d like to think it lies in the other things they do as well, the things they enjoy to do, their “hobbies”. There is a series of images on pages 126 to 129, by Tammy Mercure, that shows people in their own unique and happiest habitats. This series, for me, epitomized the theme Microcosmos, and really made me think about my own miniature world.

waterfall’s 2009 Summer issue function doesn’t exactly answer the question it poses but I don’t think it can be expected to. It does succeed in making you ponder the subject, giving you a lot of food, perhaps bacon, or maybe a burger, for thought. Even if you do have to occasionally wade through some terribly edited English-as-a-second-language writing.

I can’t seem to find when their next issue will hit the shelves and they are still advertising this, their summer edition, as their current issue. Explore their website. See what you can hunt down.

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finds: chong-yo

December 13, 2009

Introducing finds – a new section highlighting recent purchases and lucky stumbles upon things of beauty and intrigue.

Today I went shopping for the first time at Chong-Yo in south-east Taichung. It’s a huge department store. While I still prefer the Eslite bookstore mall near Hotel One, I definitely like Chong-Yo more than Sogo or Mitsukoshi.

I overspent at the M.A.C. counter, purchasing a beautiful cherry red lipstick, a stick of matching lip liner and some great black liquid eyeliner that has a slight green tinge to it. Lovely.

M.A.C. Liquidlast Liner – Inkspill
M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Wood
M.A.C. Lip Pencil – Cherry

I also found that Chong-Yo contains one of my favourite stores, a la sha. I absolutely love their stuff and splurged on a cute red blouse and a super comfy yellow overcoat. Here they are:

But, my most excitement-inducing purchase was a copy of waterfall magazine. I bought it at Eslite on the 12 floor of Chong-Yo.

I haven’t seen this magazine before and have no idea whether or not I’m behind the times announcing this one, especially considering it’s been on the shelves since July 2009, but I don’t care. I’ve only flicked through it and I’m already smitten. I haven’t dared to pry open the covers too far yet. I really want to savour my deep-sea dive into it, holding my breath and searching for treasure. Therefore, I won’t elaborate too much on the content and what I thought of it (or will think of it) in this post. Stay tuned for an in-depth review.

One last thing. An old friend from New Zealand has bundled together some artwork on Mischief Champion. I laughed a lot at many of them and particularly enjoyed Deer Deer, Beautiful Hat and Rabbit Pig.

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