Ding Chang Hao – An ice shop in the Japanese style of revival

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Ding Chang Hao, an ice shop, is located nearby Pingtung Train Station. Ding Chang Hao’s architecture is Japanese style; the interior decoration is full of Japanese and Taiwanese characteristics. On the corner of the restaurant, we can appreciate the decoration, such as vintage bicycle, clock and so on. It takes shop owner much time to collect. Therefore, when you visit Ding Chang Hao, you will feel like you travel through time to Japanese period. Therefore, traveling through time is our main idea of this movie. We invite you to join with us. Let’s travel back to the Japanese colonial period to experience the lifestyle and enjoy Japanese desert.

Taiyaki of Red Beans with Custard

Taiyaki is one of pastries which comes from Japan. The shop owner not only sells the traditional Japanese flavor but also launches different kinds of flavors, such as mochi with red beans, cranberry with cheese and banana with chocolate etc. Because it is all made in fresh, you need to wait about 20 minutes for it. One of the flavors, red beans with butter and custard, is astonishing. The exterior is crumbly but a little bit soft; the stuffing is filled with hot and rich cream and custard.  Therefore, when you take a big bite, the stuffing is easy to spurt out. I have to say that the crumbly appearance combining with creamy stuffing is superb.

Shaved Milk-Ice with Taro Balls

Bowls are filled with mountains of finely shaved iced and then covered with condensed milk, and some topping, including green and red beans, peanut, tapioca balls and taro and sweet potato balls. It provides a variety of texture. The taro and sweet potato have chewy flavor and texture. The green and read beans are fresh and healthy. Therefore, when you enjoy it, you are probably amazed!

Hai- ren Sundae

Mountain of green tea ice cream is loaded in a tall, thin dark blue pottery, which is carved of two Chinese words, Hai Ren. The Hai Ren Sundae alongs with a Japanese rolled pancake, which is used to break into pieces and then moister with green tea ice cream. The texture is crispy and fills with mellow green tea flavor. Several pills of nuts are sprinkled on the ice cream to create plentiful texture and flavor in mouth. Under the ice cream, a layer of coffee jelly and several soft beans are surprises for everyone. This dessert is a feast for green tea lovers because of the silky, mellow and brilliant flavors.

The idea of the movie is traveling through time. Many clocks hanged on the wall; each one shows different time in different area. The time in Japan is at 6 o’clock, the time in America is at 5:00 a.m. and the time in Taiwan is at 5 p.m. At this moment, the bell rings. Left confused, I can’t believe that I travel back to Japanese colonial period. Everything is so familiar but unusual. Slowly, the air is filled with the fragrance of taiyai. I cannot help but to take a deep breath and inhale it. But it is not enough for me. I rush to the counter to order taiyai and two bowls of ice with excitement and desire. There is only one thought to describe the flavors, “It can’t put into words.” While I am absorbed in flavorful desserts, the bell rings again. Suddenly, I come back. I can’t help wondering that is all just a dream.

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Travel Around Cishan

Cishan is a town in northwestern Kaohsiung. It is very close to Meinong town.  They are both traditional Hakka villages. Meinong is know for it’s tranquility and paper umbrellas whereas Cishan is known for its banana farms and old town. And its architectures are full of traditional Japanese style.

Where is Cishan?

Cishan Old Street

Mentioning sightseeing spots in Kaohsiung, Pier2 and Cijin will come up to many people’s mind. However, there are still lots of attractions in Kaohsiung. Cishan is one of the great options; therefore, stop visiting Pier2 and Cijin when introducing Kaohsiung to your friends.

How to make tofu and douhua (tofu pudding)

CDI105042 Alexander Chen 陳柏佑


Tofu

Ingredients:

1000ml soy milk

6ml bittern

6ml water

Model for making tofu

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Step 1

Mix the 6ml water and 6ml bittern together.

Step 2

Heat the soy milk separately by boiling water until the bean curl sheet producing.

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Step 3

Mixed the bittern and soy milk together.

Step 4

Put mixture into the model and put heavy thing press on it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Finally, we get the tofu like this.

We can use the tofu to make some dishes.

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Douhua (tofu pudding)

Ingredients:

1000ml soy milk

5ml bittern

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Step 1

Put 5ml bittern into 1000ml soy milk and mix them together.

Step 2

Put the mixture into steam cooker and add 180ml water in the steam cooker for cooking.

Finally, we get our Douhua.

Best Saturday afternoon plan- making a “trouble” cake

CDI105022 Fanny & CDI105034 Cindy

We have wanted to go to this workshop for a long while, but we are busy with different things almost every weekend this plan got postponed. When we knew that we were going to do a blog post, we immediately thought about this long-gone idea. We made a reservation at the workshop and decided that we were going to make a cake called  “OREO with Bailey’s Irish cream chocolate cake. ”

Loop Bakery Introduction

process

  • Ingredients List one and two
OREO 90g
Non-salted butter 23g
Milk 15g
Bittersweet chocolate 20g
Cream 60g
Caster sugar 7g
Gelatine 4 pieces
Iced water Enough to cover 4 Gelatines
Cream cheese 150g
Yogurt 75g
Baileys Irish cream 40g
Cream 150g
Caster sugar 60g
Bittersweet chocolate 20g
Paillete’ Feuilletine 10g
Gelatine 10 pieces
Iced water Enough to cover 10 Gelatines

Loop provides all the ingredients in the mini kitchen bar (as you can see in the picture) and we will based on the instructions that they give us (on iPad) to prepare everything.

(shoot by Cindy)

preparing ingredients’ video
(film by Fanny)
  • Step 1- Take mousse ring, baking sheet and one white cardboard.
  • Step 2- Put the baking sheet around the mouse ring and make sure that the double-sided tape has it stick together so that the baking sheet won’t move.
  • Step 3- Take a small bowl and soak Gelatines in the iced water.
  • Step 4- Heat the non-salt butter for 20 seconds(or more) in the microwave until it is melting.
  • Step 5- Stir up the non-salt butter and OREO with a blender and pour them into the mousse ring. Using the bottom of the glass to press them tightly and put it into the fridge. Then put a four-inch mousse ring onto the OREO.
  • Step (6-9)- Melt the bittersweet chocolate. Then add the milk into the melting chocolate and stir it.
  • Step (10-11)- Use a rubber spatula to stir up the milk, the melting chocolate and the whipped cream. Then pour them into the four-inch mousse ring and mold it in the fridge.
step 1-5
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step 6-7
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step 11
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  • Step 12- Put the cream and caster sugar in the mixing bowl and whip them until they get thick.
  • Step 13- Microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds until it gets soften and then use spatula to stir.
  • Step 14- Put the soften cream cheese into the mixing bowl and add yogurt into it. Use whisk to stir them until there aren’t any granule inside.
  • Step 15- Microwave the Gelatines for 10 seconds until they are melted.
  • Step (16-17)- As stirring all the ingredients, add melted- Gelatines, cream and Baileys Irish cream inside. Stirring all of them to become well-distributed.
  • Step (18-19)- Pour cream cheese sugar paste into the edge and put it in the fridge until it gets mold.
  • Step 20- Double-boiling the bittersweet chocolate and Paillete’ Feuilletine; then, stirring them to well-distributed.
  • Step 21- Spread chocolate chip on Mousse and then sprinkle some diced almond on it.
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step 13
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step 14
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step 15
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step 16-17
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Here comes our Baileys cake!!!

Reviews

Cindy: This was the very first time that I’ve ever made a cake without any professional help and I am very glad to share this experience with Fanny. We wouldn’t make it without each other because one of us didn’t know how to use an electric mixer and the other didn’t know how to do an induction heating hahaha. Without all the troubles that we made, we wouldn’t have this much fun. I am VERY proud to say that the cake tastes DIVINE and everything is just right. When we left the studio and on our way to the MRT station, we talked about our feelings and we felt that the past 3 hours we spent there has been the most joyful, stress-free and peaceful moments of our entire week. It was worthy although the process was a little messy and we were a little stupid, it all turned out to be a perfect Saturday afternoon. We will definitely go back to make another magic!

Fanny: This was my third time to go to this kind of workshop, but it’s was my first time to make the cake without the clerks’ help. Unlike any other workshops that I had been to, the clerk always stand nearby you to make sure you catch up with the instruction. Loop Bakery provides a free space for customers to try by themselves instead of standing there and watching you. This kind of way made me feel comfortable and less stress. when we were making cake, all the trouble things just happened so quickly. Cindy dropped the small spoon in the small corner that we couldn’t even stretch our arm to take it and I didn’t get the right quantity of the ingredient. Although we did the stupid things and felt embarrassed, we laughed at each other and passed through the happy three hours. To me, this was a beautiful and interesting memory that I will never forget. By the way, the cake is really amazingly delicious!

Conclusion

To sum up this experience, we would say that Loop is such a lovely petite workshop, making you feel like you’re baking at your own kitchen. The ingredients are fresh and all the tools that you would need is provided. Moreover, although you are making the cake by yourselves, they do have some staff around if you have any problems. You do not need to worry about anything, but enjoy your baking time there!! I would recommend Loop to friends if they are looking for a space in the city to have a little getaway from reality.

Make a Better Depth of Field:Canon Lens EF50mm f/1.8 STM

  Hi, I am Joann. Nowadays, almost everyone has an IPhone and one of the functions is portrait mode. But I found that the depth of field isn’t good enough. Sometimes, the mode would ignore some details. Therefore, I want to show other depth of field photos by this lens.

Take the following photo for example:

(IPone 8 plus : portrait mode-photo by Joann on 5/19 )

As you can see, it can’t deal with such tiny details. So, I use Canon Lens EF50mm f/1.8 STM to show how a beautiful depth of field is. There are two reasons that I chose it, cheap price and high quality. ( https://tw.canon/zh_TW/consumer/ef50mm-f-1-8-stm/product ) Totally, the cost-performance ratio is great! ($3980NTD) In addition, the origin lens of the camera is Canon Zoom Lens EF-M 15-45mm STM. I will compare their appearance to show the C/P.

Speaking to depth of field, it’s related to aperture and focal length. Smaller aperture and shorter focal length can create deeper focusing.

Let’s see this gorgeous big eye of lens of 50mm and 15-45mm.

As you can see, the glass part is smaller than the above one.

Next, let’s see the lens mount. The metal ingredient makes it connect much securer with camera and the texture looks better than a plastic one.

Here is a video introduction.
(Canon Lens EF50mm f/1.8 STM , photo on 3/1 )

You can see the blurring dot on the background. It’s not just a normal DOF.

(Canon Lens EF50mm f/1.8 STM , photo on 3/1 )

To sum up, sometimes I want to take some focused photo and deal with the depth of field properly. I would like to use more professional lens. And Canon Lens EF50mm f/1.8 STM can help me solve this problem.

Yakuza Kiwami Review

 

 

 

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With the release of Yakuza Kiwami 2 on the PC, I figured it’d only be appropriate to write a review for its predecessor, Yakuza Kiwami. Before reviewing I’d like to point out that prior to playing Kiwami, I had only played through Yakuza 0 – which means I am far from a Yakuza veteran, and in fact, am a newcomer to the series. With that out of the way, let’s get started.

Overview

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Yakuza Kiwami is essentially a remake of the original Yakuza on the PlayStation 2 released in 2005. Kiwami uses the same engine as Yakuza 0, making it trivial to run on modern systems. Though with that, it also means the graphics can look a tad outdated in modern standards – keep in mind however, that both titles were released on the PlayStation 3 as last gen titles. Besides, as most players will soon to discover after playing the game, graphics is nothing with the compelling story arc.

Kiwami retells the story featured in the original Yakuza game, in which Kiyru Kazuma took the blame for his brother, Nishikiyama Akira for his murder of the Tojo Clan leader, Sohei Dojima. Ten years later in 2005, after Kiryu is granted a parole, he discovers that the world is vastly different from the one he experienced a decade ago and that the Nishiki he knew has completely changed. To keep the review as spoiler-free as possible, I will mainly be focusing on the gameplay elements such as combat and music.

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