Summer in Taiwan can be excruciating. Even short walks from your home to the MRT are a small torture and can become quite embarrassing when you made a wrong wardrobe choice – Hello sweat stains!
I forgot the last time I slept without the AC running on full blast. I am probably going to miss the cracking sound once the weather decides to cool down.
These days I don’t really feel the urge for starchy food, therefore I decided to give the little vegetable spiral slicer a go that I brought with me from Germany and make some carrot noodles. The device looks a little bit like a ridiculously oversized pencil sharpener.
For anyone who is interested in what exactly I am working with: I got the GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. My Mom has the Lurch Spirali, which is for people who take spiralizing and slicing a little bit more serious. Both work perfectly fine. The only thing that I don’t like so much about the GEFU slicer is that I am always left with a cone shaped chunk of carrot or whatever vegetable I sliced up.
I like my food with some heat and added one small chili pepper for the extra kick. Feel free to leave it if you are not a fan of spicy food BUT though I know that a lot of people don’t like coriander or cilantro I would still add a little bit since it just makes the dish more interesting, if you know what I mean.
You could leave the carrots raw if you like a stronger crunch to it. But I find the slightly cooked carrots more pleasant and I believe that the cooked version tricks even the fussiest eaters into getting some veggies into their diets.
I am always looking for some inspiration. What are your favorite Summer dishes to fight the heat?