Dragon Whiskers 龍鬚菜

dragonwhiskersWhen I first moved to Taiwan, I had major withdrawals from kale and brussel sprouts as they are not grown on the island. Yes, I could probably find them in an expensive international grocery store, but seeing as this is not sustainable, I choose not to purchase them.

The good news is, the withdrawals resided quickly after I discovered the endless variety of exotic and delicious green veggies Taiwan has to offer. My absolute favorite is called Dragon Whiskers, so called because it has curly, whimsical leaves growing from the stem resembling whiskers. The vegetable is crunchy and flavorful, and often served sautéed with garlic, ginger, and sliced red chili.

As I see it, I have plenty of time to eat kale and brussel sprouts when I move back to the States. So for now, I’m enjoying taking advantage of all the local veggies Taiwan has to offer.

How about you? Do you have any food withdrawals from your home country? What are your favorite veggies in Taiwan?


  1. My favorite also!

  2. so delectable! that’s my face mask on the table there.
    i just mentioned your expertise on my little blog – check it http://kuriouskittenskookykrusades.blogspot.tw/
    you’re a rockstar.

  3. I am still struggling with not having access to a kitchen as I live in a in-university dorm. If I could I would make myself some spicy lentil stews …

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