八寶茶 Bā Bǎo Chá (Eight Treasure Tea)

...therefore, my two favorite mixtures are well-balanced in the best possible way and support general all-around well-being. I buy my ingredients exclusively in Chinese tea shops or pharmacies. You can, therefore, enjoy them without hesitation or mix them yourself according to the instructions.

How does “Stay at home” and working goes?

There have been so many people who have always envied that I work from home; and that they would love to do so. Free time and so on... "Yes, exactly! I always thought and still a few other things, but I prefer not to repeat them here 😉. Now many of them are allowed to work from home and don't get anything done, just complain, don't get anything organized, and after one or two weeks, they are already close to burnout. But I don't want to be like that, even if I am a bit gloating. I tell you what the problem is...

Corona Essential Life Hacks – 1 to 6

Childcare - For those of you who don't know what that is anymore, it means to be occupied with your children; In a way that is appropriate for you 😉. No social contacts - Panicking would be a good idea today. But it doesn't help.

Beef broth with Japanese Noodles and hot crisp chili oil

A soup is not only good for warming up on cold winter days. Clear beef, vegetable or poultry bouillons bring a lot of vitamins and minerals with them. Just the right thing if you've got a bad stomach or are fighting a cold. Not to underestimate the amount of liquid. In other words, a meal that makes sense especially in hot countries. It is practically an electrolyte solution free of charge. Finally, I would like to mention that it is an extremely cheap meal.

Food poisoning/Diarrhea – and yes, we need to talk about that

Food poisoning is contagious! There's no way to say beyond a shadow of a doubt: "This can't happen to me" Not even if you cook everything yourself and only buy organic food. You are also dependent on the personal hygiene of all employees who handle your food. And not only that. Especially in warm countries, maintaining the cold chain is not always taken so seriously. And there are several other possibilities…

“Immediately soft”- Lebkuchen (gingerbread)

In the Middle Ages, gingerbread was only available in pharmacies and monasteries. Honey was the only sweet available and with medicinal herb juices baked, the gingerbread was considered a speciality, which one did not eat frequently. The typical spices came a little later, when e.g. cinnamon and pimento came over from the Orient.

Jiaozi (Dumplings)

It's not a big deal to make. Jiaozi are popular in Japan as Gyoza and in Korea as Mandu. It’s similar to Maultaschen in Germany, Piroggen in Eastern Europe and Pelmeni from Russia.

Tasty spreads

Today you get three recipes for fabulous spreads and one for marinated Feta cheese. You need a little more money for 200g cream cheese (Philadelphia) and 200g feta, but at the end you get a large amount that will be enough for three to four days for dinner. Add some freshly baked bread, cucumber and tomatoes - delicious!

Bavarian pretzels and/or rolls

Pretzels can easily be made by yourself with this recipe: Ingredients: 500g flour, 1 packet dry yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/4 litre warm water 3-4 litres of water and 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda When you have, coarse salt to sprinkle on the pretzels Mix 100g flour with yeast, sugar, add 100... Continue Reading →

Spelt and seed bread with sourdough

Ingredients: 300g Spelt flour 200g Wheat flour 50g Wholemeal oat flakes 50g Sunflower seeds 50g Pumpkin seeds 50g Sesame seeds 2 Spoons flax seed 2 Teaspoons salt 500g fresh sourdough (or 200 g fast sourdough and 300 ml warm Water) Warm water Preparation: Grease a box mould or line it with baking paper. Now you... Continue Reading →

How to make sourdough

You can also prepare a very fast sourdough simply with 1 cube of fresh yeast or a packet of dry yeast, 200 g rye flour, 200 ml warm water, leave at room temperature for 24 hours (only cover with a kitchen towel).

Longshan Temple and Herbs Medicine Lane

There are Taoist temples in Taipei, which are mostly magnificent and colorful, and Confucian temples, which are rather simple, colorless and with clear forms. The Longshan Temple is the oldest Taoist temple here. It has its own MRT stop and cannot be missed. You will be guided "elegantly" through a (souvenir) market 😉. Here you... Continue Reading →

Ximen Shopping

Here you can find hip and crazy things at every corner. You'll find shops they look like Japanese shops and manga comics. Besides the toilet restaurant you can also find penis cake. The Penis Cakes is with peanut butter and coated with chocolate 😉.

Pork blood and stinky tofu

In Taipei there is very tasty food. Usual food you know from China. Steamed or fried dumplings, for example. Also Japanese influences are strongly represented here and everywhere there is Sushi and Ramen. Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s and is available at every corner. Fish and other seafood are on the... Continue Reading →

Tower 101 or One-Oh-One

The tower 101 was designed according to a very strong symbolism, which ironically is absolutely Chinese. But what do I know 😉 The outer facade looks like a bamboo, of course Yin and Yang and Feng Shui were included. The lucky number 8 can be found in the number of floor segments and Ruyi, the well-known lucky symbol of the Chinese is attached outside.

Taiwan, Taipei and things around…

If you drop by from Singapore, you'll probably be shocked. So it was definitely me. It looks like twenty years back at first - I remember my time in Beijing well. Almost everything in Chinese characters, which I don't know, but luckily I can speak some Chinese today...

Earthquakes and Typhoons

Three days in Taipei and extreme heat, heavy rain and an earthquake... 08.08.2019: The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km in northeastern Yilan county. The Magnitude was 5.9. In Taipei around 4 Magnitude. I was in deep sleep and by the time I was really awake it was all over. The only... Continue Reading →

Déjà vu or Taiwans Falun Gong Dilemma

After my visit of the 101 Tower in Taipei I was confronted with the topic of persecution because of religious affiliation - Falun Gong or Falun Dafa. A harmless moralizing and spiritual belief with parts from Buddhism and Taoism mixed with Qigong exercises.

Culture shock – You’ll get it

A culture shock is not a weak emotion that affects only a few people. It is a reaction to the foreign environment. Very few people are spared it. The shock sometimes occurs immediately, after a few weeks or months. Who knows about it and expects it, gets over the mood low faster.


These dumplings are popular throughout China and far beyond.  The Baozi are steamed and available in two sizes (5 cm = Xiǎobāo and 8 cm = Dàbāo ). The dough is a yeast dough. The filling can be the same as Jiǎozi, but there are also a lot other variations. Ingredients dough:750 g flourapprox. 400... Continue Reading →

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