I finish my Mandarin lessons at Noon.
Most days I have been following the other students across the road where there are loads of small eateries to grab a cheap lunch.
Such as exhibit A (a very good Korean place)
Where I would eat something like this:
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.
And place in pan on stove over medium high heat until browned (stir/ toss frequently).
Remove from heat and stir in a few splashes of Tamari or Soy Sauce.
Sprinkle some over your salad and store the rest in a glass container.
I finished it off with yellow watermelon (which we didn’t know was yellow until after we cut it open!).
A delicious lunch indeed.