I wish I could say I’m a good cook, someone who can just make do with whatever ingredients available in the fridge and prepare a decent meal in no time. My mom is that person, the type who can suddenly “invent” a wholesome and even healthy dish from leftovers, so we know she’ll be safe when the time comes into a post-apocalypse era again for at least a week or two without having to venture outdoors.
The reality for me is that I’m pretty busy with work, and my husband just subscribes to diet meals weekly. We don’t have the time and motivation to cook. So when zombies come, and I pray that they don’t, the only thing I can make and eat when stuck in my home would be rice, eggs, and frozen dim sum!
The good news is I recently found that Ersao now delivers frozen Taiwanese food products from their website www.ersao.com.ph within Metro Manila. I know that these things can be flavorful, satisfying, and almost indistinguishable from fresh ones if you cook them properly.
What I specifically love about Ersao’s selection of goodies is that they’re unique; they aren’t in regular supermarkets or even other Asian specialty groceries. So I’m also super excited to try them, discover my new faves, and share which ones are worth our precious freezer space to keep.
Upgrade Your Frozen Dim Sum Game with Ersao’s Delicious Taiwanese Food Products
Here’s a rundown of their frozen products and ideas on how to cook them:
1. Tamago Egg Dumplings (180g/pack) consist of a special wrapper made with steamed egg on pork fillings. We tried these steamed and deep fried and both are enjoyable.
2. Pork Taro Meatballs (400g/pack) are juicy meatballs made with freshly ground pork and taro. I think they’re really delicious, tender and not too springy! You can taste both pork and taro in one bite. We just boiled water with chicken broth and cooked the meatballs for like 10 minutes.
3. Squid Ink Meatballs (400g/pack) are great alternatives to regular meatballs for a more rounded, umami factor. These can be served boiled or deep fried too. I think they’re a perfect
addition to squid ink pasta.
4. Tobiko Sausage (5 pcs/pack) is made from freshly ground pork with the small, orange-colored fish eggs (commonly used as a garnish in sushi) then blended with rich-flavored seasonings. You can serve it as a whole or sliced, add to pasta dishes for a burst of color and flavor, frittatas for a protein-packed breakfast or brunch, or pizza for a unique twist on a classic dish.
5. Squid Ink Sausage (400g/pack) is quite interesting. I haven’t encountered sausages made with squid ink before! Some creative ways to incorporate this into dishes are: risotto (for a savory twist), slightly charred with grilled veggie skewers, and soup (like seafood chowder or a black bean soup) for added flavor and protein.
6. Squid Croquettes (4 pcs/pack) are probably among my top favorites in thist list. They’re fresh squid patties with crispy breading and best served with dipping sauce. Super easy to cook – deep fry for 4-5 minutes and serve.
7. Seafood Cheese Balls (300g/pack) are a tasty and indulgent appetizer or snack. They’re seafood-flavored meatballs stuffed with diced shrimp and mozzarella cheese. You can roll these in a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake or until the cheeseballs are golden brown and heated through.
8. The Korean Hotpot (1.2kg/pack) can be your go-to package if you just want to have a Korean-flavored hotpot at home. Just place in a hot pot or slow cooker, heat until it reaches boiling temperature and the ingredients are tender, then serve over a bed of rice, kimchi, pickled vegetables, egg rolls, and dipping sauces.
9. Edamame (250g/pack) can be served cold as a side dish to sushi, poke bowls, noodle dishes like udon and soba, and a crunchy addition to salads and soups. Note: Just consume the bean pods only!
10. Pork Ear Cold Cuts (250g/pack) are best paired with rice, noodles, fresh vegetables, or even as an appetizer. No heating required. Love that they’re thinly sliced. They’re savory, slightly sweet, and slightly chewy.
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If you’re visiting Ersao stores soon, these items are available in Mauban, Mezza, Abad Santos, Banawe, Caloocan, Cloverleaf, E. Rodriguez, JRU Shaw, San Lazaro, M. Place, and Victoria E. Rod. 🙂