A Big Slurge: Salad for Lunch

I finish my Mandarin lessons at Noon.

Our School (NTU Language Center)

Most days I have been following the other students across the road where there are loads of small eateries to grab a cheap lunch.

The walk to find lunch

Such as exhibit A (a very good Korean place)

A solid choice for lunch

Where I would eat something like this:

Vegan Bibimbap - tasty and cheap ($3NZD)

But I have been getting sick of eating out everyday and have started to crave one of the hardest things to find in Taipei – a fresh salad. I like my salads best with chickpeas, tamari roasted sunflower seeds and a balsamic vinaigrette. Lettuce, apart from iceberg, is a bit pricey here and sometimes hard to find. Chickpeas, if I am lucky enough to find them, are also pretty pricey at $2.50 NZD a can.

Following my craving for a big fresh salad I splurged and bought $4 NZD romaine lettuce, a can of chickpeas, and sunflower seeds (I bought organic ones so these too were pricey). I searched high and low for balsamic vinegar but no luck.

I came home and threw it all together. If you haven’t ever made tamari roasted sunflower seeds, you are missing out! Here’s how you make them.

Take a cup of raw sunflower seeds.

Soon to be transformed into the most delicious salad topping

And place in pan on stove over medium high heat until browned (stir/ toss frequently).

Keep a close eye on these babies or they will burn!

Remove from heat and stir in a few splashes of Tamari or Soy Sauce.

Easy to make

Sprinkle some over your salad and store the rest in a glass container.

$$$ lunch but worth it

I finished it off with yellow watermelon (which we didn’t know was yellow until after we cut it open!).

Who knew watermelon comes in different shades

A delicious lunch indeed.

One response

  1. Hi there,

    I really enjoyed your post and am glad to have found someone in the same position as me! I’ve moved to Shanghai 6 months ago and am also learning Mandarin and negotiating my way around the city and . I’m also writing a blog about it. Have a look on http://jolicanard.com, if you feel like it.

    Otherwise, i’m looking forward to reading more about life in Taiwan!

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