Hi! I am Tiffy and I am a HUGE foodie. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love sharing what I love with the world.
I was born in Taiwan, a country with some of the best street food in the world. When I think back to my childhood, I remember all the fantastic restaurants my dad brought me to when I was young. You see, my family members are also huge foodies – we used to wander around night markets every weekend and skip the last period of school to try out new restaurants. Every summer, we would travel around Taiwan, exploring all the new “must-try” dishes around the country.
Fast forward to high school, I moved to Vancouver, where I was blessed to find even more unique cuisines and restaurants surrounding me. I never needed to cook my whole life because of how easily I could access good food until I moved away to go to school. I attended university in a small town with no Asian food, and after the initial six months, homesickness began to set in.
At first, instant noodles were able to do the trick… but after a while, I realized that I needed to bring a piece of home to my new home to get through the next few years.
We lived in student housing with a really basic kitchen, and I was also on a student budget, so I had to get creative in the kitchen. I first started with small and easy dishes like fried rice and pan-fried chicken. But later, I worked my way up to making Pho and Beef Noodle Soup for my housemates.
Cooking started to become my therapy, my stress reliever. After a long day, all I wanted to do was go grocery shopping and cook in the kitchen for hours. One year during the reading break, I made so much food I had to invite friends over to help me eat it all.
Once I graduated from university, I moved back to Vancouver and went back to school to pursue another specialized degree. And the same thing happened… after a full day of school, nothing made me happier than cooking. This time, I was able to access even more ingredients from all over the world, so I started branching out my repertoire by trying out even more diverse recipes!
After I completed school, my fiance and I decided to take a 4-month break and traveled around South East Asia. Once I got there, I instantly fell in love with the street food culture, and we were eating 8-9 meals a day because I knew once I was back home, I needed to recreate all these recipes.
Presently, I blog and share my daily recipes here on my website, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, building a community of over 5 million strong! It’s honestly unbelievable.
My first cookbook is set to hit the shelves in 2024, and I’m proud to be the founder of the Asian food brand kai dong.
Thank you so much for supporting me and loving all my recipes.