Firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea. 柴、米、油、鹽、醬、醋、茶. These elements have defined Chinese diasporic foods since ancient times, and in many Taiwanese households today, they still make up the foundation of the pantry. For anyone beginning their Taiwanese cooking journey, this bundle is packed with hard-to-find necessities, plus some can’t-live-withouts of our own.
This bundle includes:Extra-Virgin Camellia Oil
A cooking oil that’s come to be known as Asia’s Olive Oil (aka the Mediterranean’s Camellia Oil) for its healthy lipid profile. It has a light hazelnutty flavor, and a high smoke point. A gloriously healthy base for a stir fry or a salad dressing.White Sesame Oil
A good sesame oil is a core ingredient for so many cold-dressed salads, stir fries, and noodle dishes. Dress up anything with a drizzle of this and a handful of chopped cilantro.Traditional Firewood Soy Sauce
This all-purpose soy sauce is naturally fermented and finished over firewood. It’s bright with a sweet profile and an anisette finish.Sesame and Peanut Paste
How often have you had to sub tahini when you couldn’t find a decent sesame paste for your cold noodle? This goes one step further, mixing peanuts with sesame to create an essentially Taiwanese flavor profile. It’s cool to be a peanut in Taiwan.Frost Salt
Taiwan’s Solar Salt, made by sunlight and early evaporative technologies in salt fields on the planes of Chiayi. Rich in minerals, solar salt is one of the oldest ingredients to be traded on this earth.Bullet Sesame Oil Chili Crisp
Spiciness is an essential part of the experience of being alive. This chili crisp is one of our favorites, made by steeping spices and aromatics in cold-pressed sesame oil.Dried Green Mango
The number one daily necessity as far as snacking is concerned is this sour-sweet dried fruit, "nature's sour gummy." Bang Tea Red Oolong winter ‘23*bundle exclusive*
Tea is not only essential to Taiwanese daily life, but also to Taiwanese identity and agriculture. Special to this bundle, we bring you Bang Tea’s fall ‘23 red oolong, sourced from a family farm in Lugu, Nantou, Taiwan. With a medium roast, it’s a bit of a chameleon. Shorter brew times reveal nuance and complexity; but it’s also suitable for long-brewing, resulting in a bold, intense flavor.Ga Ji Dai Gift Box
The outer box is silkscreened and printed in Taiwan, inspired by Ga Ji Dai
, a traditional Taiwanese market tote in a technicolor palette. Designed by our friends and collaborators O.OO
, a Taipei-based design studio and print shop.
Our 2023 Holiday Gift Collection
This holiday, the Yun Hai team put together five thematic gift boxes that reflect different aspects of Taiwanese cuisine and its champions. In addition to carefully selected Yun Hai products, each assortment features a special item exclusive to the set, probably hand-carried back from Taiwan by Yun Hai Shop co-owner Lillian.
Each set is packaged in a custom silkscreened box featuring the red, green, and blue Ga Ji Dai
motif of Taiwan's traditional market totes. These boxes are designed to fit perfectly within our standard shippable mailer; send direct and customize your own gift note too.
Specifications and Dimensions
Dimensions: 11.9” L x 8.9” W x 5.8” H
Weight: approx. 6.8 lb / 3.1 kg