52 comments

  1. themoonblushbaker says:

    January 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

    The Video is so cool! The timing of the home vid shots are perfect!

    Popcorn chicken nuggets are my treat from the deep fryer most often. I am slight weary of fried chicken but nuggets have my heart. That coating is making me salivate Cynthia!

    • tworedbowls says:

      January 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Yesss nuggets fo’eva! They seem so teeny and harmless compared to a whole leg 😉 baha. Thanks so much for your kind words, lady!

  2. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

    yes, food with meaning, lady – couldn’t agree more! i love hearing stories about food memories or where a particular dish came from, and the fact that you can recreate this memory in your home is tops . your story is so beautiful, and the video with taipei splices just makes it that more evocative – what a super special memory! big hugs! xo

  3. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

    It’s amazing how you were able to recreate this dish from a travel memory. And, I agree, those are some of the best ways to savor the memories of a trip :) The photos on this one are stunning, as always. And please give B2 my compliments–that video is pretty spectacular!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Aw, thank you so much, Brooke!!! High five for being fried chicken twinz this week :):) your maple-brined masterpiece looked INCREDIBLE!

  4. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Omg. I love this so much. That video!! I’ve never been to taipei before, but it’s definitely on my travel list. I wholeheartedly agree with you – food with meaning is really the best kind. I find myself reliving memories through food – by learning my mother’s signature dishes, recreating stuff I’ve eaten abroad, or just cooking that one dish I made up in my dorm in freshman year during a tornado. I love this Cynthia!! Gorgeous everything.

  5. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

    You’re right…food is so important to us, in so many different ways. I love how we can re-create foods we had elsewhere at home and re-live a moment or memory that way. A long time ago, my husband and I used to go to a bubble-tea tea shop all the time and have tea and order a medley of snacks. I remember we got this chicken all the time…I never even realized it was Taiwanese popcorn chicken. So, so good and what a gem to find a recipe for it now. Great video, too!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 12:19 am

      Oh my gosh, yes! Bubble tea and fried chicken!! That sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment, Monica!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Bahaha right?? I travel with priorities! And oh my gosh yes, it’s such a perfect late night snack! We actually had it for the first time at a night market at wee hours and I’m convinced it tasted even better because of that. 😉 Thanks so much, Rebecca!

  6. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Yes forever to food with meaning.. you know how I feel about that. This is so wonderful and I love that video. Truly talented couple. Although “Mama Dip” said don’t shake the grease off that chicken.. It’s all about healthy eating you know..LOL xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Oh yes I do <3 I love that about where we come from -- food and heritage are one and the same. And OMG hahaha Mama Dip!!!!! This comment made my day, Erika! <3

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Oh my gosh I had no idea that he’d found those old clips from Taiwan until he showed me the final video for this!! Such a cool idea. Thanks so much, Michelle! :):)

  7. says:

    January 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    How is it I’ve been to Taiwan many times and never had the popcorn chicken? I love the scallion pancakes there…they are the best in the world…for breakfast, the ones with egg in them? Heaven. Next time I’m hunting these down like a hound…thanks for the recommendations…I’ll start there!

    • tworedbowls says:

      February 2, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Oh my goodness YES the scallion pancakes!!! I totally agree there’s nowhere else that makes them that good. Pure heaven. Have extra for me next time you go!

  8. Abby Wei says:

    January 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures and recipe—-the video made me so nostalgic and made me miss Taiwan so much—-Taiwan’s food is impossible to beat!! I would loveee to see more Taiwanese recipes if you ever get the chance!

    Love the blog :)

  9. says:

    January 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

    He is indeed the multi-talented B2!!! And you are such a good GF, did you just give him a piece during filming :)

    This makes me miss Thailand. It looks so easy & tasty I definitely will give it a try.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful moment with all of us, Cynthia :)
    xoxo

  10. says:

    January 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    The photography is beautiful and the chicken looks delicious. So many foods are tied to bigger things for me (personally, I get an earl grey tea every single time I go to an airport). Food is such a significant part of life, I think it’s kind of great to fall into things like that.

  11. says:

    January 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Food is so evocative! How it looks, smells and tastes. Even the making process can hold some kind of memory, which is why it’s so lovely. Oh and this popcorn chicken looks to-die-for: get in my belly!!!

  12. says:

    January 30, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Yes yes yes to this chicken! And the lighting in the picture of you holding the chickie is just too warm and ethereal and still somehow moody and complementary and just divine.

  13. says:

    January 31, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Food rituals are so important and I love how food connects memories, one smell or taste can instantly bring back a myriad of feelings, impressions & experiences.
    What a great dish to remember your travels. We’ll join you and make this popcorn chicken very soon. Thanks, Nicole.

  14. says:

    January 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    “how much power it carries beyond just sustenance.” – I love that line! It is so true. I am just like you when I’m traveling – always trying to eat everything, and usually getting lost trying to find it! This chicken looks amazing – I think I could eat that whole strainer full of chicken!

  15. says:

    February 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

    That video.. B2 did an excellent job.
    This chicken looks so so yummy!
    We are planning a trip to Thailand and Taiwan in 2016 and I cannot wait to taste the amazing food of that region. I will make this one to prepare our taste buds for our trip.
    Cheers!

  16. says:

    February 2, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Isn’t it amazing how we tie and associate food and tastes with our memories! You and B2 did such a great job with this post and make me want to visit Taipei someday. Gorgeous photos as always, Cynthia!

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