Thursday, January 17, 2019

scallion "pancake" 蔥油餅 - part 2


I had made scallion "pancake" a few years ago. I haven't made any since but today I came across this video. I like to keep an open mind on everything, and this seemingly boring video has a lot to offer. There are many subtle technique he uses and I have to say I learnt so much from his wisdom. I cannot wait to give this a try soon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

singapore style stir fried rice vermicelli 星洲炒米


This is a first culinary post that I started before a plate that I have in mind is made. I have half a bag of $0.99 mung bean sprouts left over from that I try to decide what to do with it. Monetarily it is $0.49 in value but I seldom throw away perfectly edible food matter. I consider driving to my neighborhood Japanese supermarket to buy another bag of Chinese stir fry noodles but it just does not make any sense at all. I like ICE but I care no less about our planet than hybrid or electric car owners.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

kimchi onggi - part 2

It's been four days since I started a batch of Asian mustard green to be fermented in my newly acquired kimchi onggi. I could not withhold my urge to find out how the fermentation process has progressed. Long ago I tried to make some sauerkraut and only to be disappointed to find a mold infested mess. I have reasons to expect better this time.

Monday, January 14, 2019

hong kong style stir fried beef noodles 港色牛肉炒麵 - part 2

This is my second day on the row making this Hong Kong style stir fried beef noodles 港色牛肉炒麵. The first tasted so good that I could not wait to make another plate. I have enough marinated beef, mung bean sprouts, and stir fry noodles left over to make another one.

if i were a food beautician


If I were a food beautician, I would have taken a few seconds to tidy up the Hong Kong style stir fried beef noodles 港色牛肉炒麵 that I made. The photograph that I took was a candid one straight off the outdoor kitchen that I prepared this dish. More specifically I scooped the stir fried beef and sauce straight off a 16" wok onto the waiting fried noodles in one smooth motion. The result is not bad for a home chef.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

hong kong style stir fried beef noodles 港色牛肉炒麵


While shopping at the Korean supermarket I happened upon the section where they keep bean sprouts. I immediately thought of doing a dish that I haven't done for a very long time. I picked up a bag of mung bean sprouts 綠豆芽. These are made of mung beans instead of soy beans. The two are similar but soy bean sprouts has the chewy and more filling yellow heads. Depends on the dish you want to make you choose accordingly.

Friday, January 11, 2019

kimchi onggi


I love Chinese fermented mustard green. It is often difficult to find good ones that is local made. You can buy manufactured bags or cans from Asian countries, but you can count on them being shit, not to mention likely has toxic chemical and food color added. I decided that I will make my own as I know what goes into them, and if I die from food poisoning I only have myself to blame.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

bounties of the pacific

The Dungeness crab harvesting season had been delay this year, because the crabs were not fat enough. It finally opened in January. I made a point to go buy some. The prices had been quite high in recent years but not this time. Often the one I found are not necessarily from Oregon. They can be from Washington state. The size have been noticeably smaller in recent decades from memory. It can just be how the sizes were graded in the distribution process.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

sichuan water poached fish 四川麻辣水煮魚 - part 2

Having a piece of good fish in the refrigerator can cause a lot of stress. As seafood does not keep and the last thing you want is to lapse and allow it to deteriorate and lose flavors. It was the plan to make another pot of Sichuan water poached fish 四川麻辣水煮魚 for dinner today with the remaining half piece of the Alaska cod.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

sichuan water poached fish 四川麻辣水煮魚



At last I found a piece of excellent Alaska cod. What I have in mind is to make a proper bowl of Sichuan water poached fish 四川麻辣水煮魚 with the best fish that I can find here in the Pacific Northwest. Water poached fish 四川麻辣水煮魚 is one of the most famous dish of Sichuan cuisine.

Friday, January 4, 2019

grouper in clear broth 石斑魚清湯

It's been a while since I prepare a whole fresh fish. I never go looking for a fish to make a dish as the chance of finding a good one is next to nil. I usually buy them when I spot them while shopping.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

roma - one most captivating recent film



I recently came across Roma on Netflix. Its black and white cinematography and the intriguing opening shots captivated my interest. Netflix's synopsis gives little clue but I resisted the urge to run to the computer and search to see what the movie is all about, and am very glad that I didn't.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

braised eggplants with seafood 海鮮茄子煲



I have not cooked with eggplants for close to a decade. The challenge with them is they taste rather blend by themselves. I used to cooked them with minced pork. The slender Asian variety tastes better than the big and fat ones to me. I recently came across this video of an eggplant dish that is braised with seafood and I immediately want to make a similar one but with my own twist. I actually went to bed and could not get it off my mind as I could imagine how delicious the dish can be.

Monday, December 31, 2018

sichuan water poached beef 四川麻辣水煮牛肉 - part 3

Practice makes perfect. As I have plenty of ingredients left I made another pot of Sichuan water poached beef. This time I went and bought a bag of soy bean spouts which is required for the traditional recipe of this dish.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

sichuan water poached beef 四川麻辣水煮牛肉 - part 2



I am having this urge to try out a number of Sichuan classic dishes. Of this Sichuan water poached beef 四川麻辣水煮牛肉 was the first that I recently tried. This seemingly difficult dish turns out to be quite simple, once I figured out a few shortcuts. This is my third time preparing this dish. This time I made a point of getting some ingredients that I didn't have.

a few casual meals - part 1



These are just some photos of casual dishes I made recently.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

sichuan water poached beef 四川麻辣水煮牛肉


With a lot of Asian dishes this is one dish the name can so easily lost in translation. If translated word for word, this dish would be called water cooked beef which does not sound too appetizing. It was nearly 10 years ago in a business trip to Dalian that I had my first taste of a sister dish of Sichuan water poached beef - Sichuan water poached fish. When the fish was presented to the table in a large shallow ceramic bowl there was this half inch thick of orange chili oil. Very intimating. I was immediately perplexed with the name as the abundance of oil gave me the impression that the slices of fish were more likely poached in hot (as spicy hot) oil rather than cooked in water as the name suggested.

Monday, December 17, 2018

airline serving cart as furniture - part 2


I have been wanting an airline serving trolley ever since I first saw them sold in Hong Kong 5 years ago. Upon returning home I checked on and off here but the prices had been sky high. Recently I have been thinking about traveling again and my desire for one.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

mini love - part 48


Once I was satisfied with the preliminary fit check of the Konig Dial-In wheel in 15x8, I proceed to order the other three for a full set. Amazon has 5 of these wheels and I bought 4, leaving one in their inventory. It would turned out that all 5 passed through my hands.

mini love - part 47


This is a catchup post. This event happened in October.

Wanting to have a wider selections of high performance tires for track I decided to switch from 16 inch wheels to 15 inch. It was not a simple switch as the Wilwood front brakes are too large to fit inside any 15 inch wheels. For the switch I had to reduce the brake rotors from 12.20" to 11.75". Even then only none but the few 15 inch wheels designed for track focus would fit, and just barely with next to no space between the caliper and the wheel barrel.