One of the hardest things about planning dinners here is trying to get everything out and on the table and warm at the same time while working with a limited kitchen and guests who show up whenever they like. So for my birthday this year, my friends were coming over and I decided to give myself the gift of less stress by setting up a make-your-own-quesadilla bar where the food would be heated as each person arrived and wanted to eat.
I stir-fried veggies and taco meat in advance, shredded cheese, and made some salsa. When my friends came over, I showed them how to put together their own quesadillas and let them choose for themselves what they wanted to use to fill theirs. Then I had two stations where they could cook up their quesadillas. (I ended up pulling up a chair to these stations and doing the cooking myself, but that was easy.) Because everything was already cooked through, the quesadillas just needed to cook long enough for the cheese to melt and the outsides to brown.
Here are some cute, printable labels in English and Chinese to put out at your own quesadilla bar. To download the English and Chinese version, click here: Quesadilla Bar Labels
To download the English only version, click here: Quesadilla Bar Labels- English Only
And here’s a preview of what the English-Chinese ones look like. There are 3 pages total:
And finally, here are just a few basic words and sentences that may be helpful in directing and discussing the activities from this post (Paste any of the characters into purpleculture.net to see them converted to pinyin):
black beans－ 黑豆
green peppers－ 青菜椒
cheese sauce－ 芝士酱／奶酪酱