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Singaporean food + Avocado Chimichurri + HTC EVO 4G

2 Jun avocado chimichurri

The weather is finally warming up although nights are still brisk here in San Mateo. We went to visit a friend in Menlo Park in hopes of having dinner and seeing a movie after. We ended up eating out and then sitting at her place talking while petting her cats. She has two boy kitties almost the same color as my cats! I should have taken pictures. She took us out to have Singaporean food, which was delicious.

The restaurant was called Shiok! and has a large menu with many delicious sounding dishes. They had many desserts too but we didn’t splurg. The serving sizes are normal, meaning that you can finish it in one sitting without bursting your stomach unlike most other restaurant serving sizes.

I (a.k.a Athena – I got cast as Athena from BSG because Brian was Helo..) got the Hor Fun because it’s my favorite noodle. Hor fun is a broad rice noodle and can be cooked “dry” or in soups. This one was cooked in a egg gravy with veggies and seafood (squid and shrimp). I didn’t love the gravy but the dish was tasty overall.

Brian (a.k.a. Helo) got the Singaporean Chicken and Rice, which I know as the hoy nam gai fan from Malaysian restaurants I used to go to in Brooklyn. I LOVE the rice, it’s cooked in chicken broth and aromatics.. super flavorful. The chicken is served room temperature with dipping sauces (soy, ginger, chili). There are also cucumbers under the chicken so they catch the chicken drippings. Chicken broth on the side but it was very oily so uneaten. Pictures like this makes me hate my camera because I cannot tell from the screen that they’re blurry. =( My camera is old.

Our friend Anya (a.k.a. Starbuck) got the vegetarian Mee Goreng. This dish was really, really good. If I get to go back, I might have to get this one. Chock full of veggies in a yummy tomatoe-y sauce.

For lunch today, I made avocado chimichurri because I have lots of parsley to use up from the CSA box. It turned out delicious even though I don’t like parsley. I followed this recipe but halved it, substituted sushi vinegar, added a chopped scallion, and left out the jalapeno simply because I didn’t have any. I put it on a half a sourdough torpedo with pan fried zucchini and pickled carrots. It was super satisfying and the flavors were so bright. I think the sweetness from the pickled carrots and sushi vinegar really makes it better.

Onto something not food related…

Look at this awesome phone! Brian went to Google I/O a few weeks ago and got a “free” HTC EVO 4G (there was a registration fee). I’ve been using it for the past week and a half and we just realized yesterday that it wasn’t even on the market yet! Haha, now I feel special. It comes out June 4th for $199 with contract from Sprint. =( I don’t have Sprint. It’s currently running on a month’s subscription of voice and data service.

It’s soooooo fast and really sexy. The screen is huge and super responsive. It’s an android phone and has “4G” service (4G in quotes because nothing is truly 4G yet). Only drawbacks so far is that the battery life is short since it can do so much; the four menu buttons are too responsive in that I accidentally touch them by just holding the phone; GPS sucks compared to iPhone; and it’s a bit less intuitive to use than the iPhone so it has a bigger learning curve for non-tech savy people.

a lot bigger than my Env3 but sleeker

Check out this review by IntoMobile for a more in depth look and more pics. I want one! Ugh.. too bad my phone plan doesn’t end for a long time.

Day 1 in California

25 May

We landed in SFO yesterday. The international airport there is much nicer than JFK. We always fly Virgin America which lands in the international section of the airport. I highly recommend Virgin America, the planes interiors are much nicer than other comparative low-priced airlines. I sat in the middle seat this time which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. If I had a choice, I always pick an aisle seat. I’m mildly claustrophobic and also hate disturbing strangers if I need to use the restroom.

Brian’s apartment is in San Mateo and the complex is really nice. His windows face three gorgeous palm trees, a citrus fruit tree (not sure what type) and another unknown fruit tree that feeds birds. If you know what the fruit are, let me know if it tastes good!

There are lots of squirrels too including the aggressive black squirrels. They like to chase each other up and down the palm trees, spiraling around to avoid each other.

there are 2 squirrels here

Since Brian’s apartment is really close to downtown San Mateo, there are tons of restaurants to sample from. There’s a high concentration of Japanese restaurants in particular. I estimated around 15 Japanese restaurants the last time I was here, which is a huge number considering how small downtown actually is.

While I’m going to try to cook as much as possible to save money and eat healthier, we also like to eat out. It takes a lot of planning to cook in Brian’s kitchen since it’s not well stocked so sometimes we’re too lazy to cook, especially since there are so many affordable restaurants to pick from. So you can expect a lot of posts about restaurants!

For lunch on day 1, we ate at Old Town Sushi in downtown San Mateo. It was the cheapest Japanese restaurant I’ve been to and even though it’s run by Chinese people, the food was good.

We ordered the Shioyaki bento box and the Number One roll to share.

shioyaki with shrimp and veggie tempura

The shioyaki was done very nicely with crispy skin. The shrimp tempura wasn’t that great, the only good tempura were the sweet potato and kobucha pumpkin. It also came with salad, rice and 3 pieces of California roll (didn’t like). See here for full picture.

Number One roll

The Number One roll was really tasty for a super-sized American style sushi roll. The roll consisted of shrimp, avocado, crab salad inside with half salmon and half tuna on top and covered in more crab salad, scallions, black sesame and a mild hot sauce. While it was good, we ended up not eating most of the crab salad on top. I think it’s the same crab they use in the California rolls, which I didn’t like. They also gave us a free bowl of edamame once we sat down along with rice green tea.

miso soup came with the bento box

Brian went back to work and I did some shopping. I went to the thrift store and got hangers and a small ironing board for $5 total. After work, we went grocery shopping at an awesome Asian supermarket called Ranch 99. $30 worth of groceries earned us $3 for their hot deli section so we got the most delicious loaf red bean swirl Taiwanese bread. Yum, the perfect breakfast.

For dinner we ate in Mountain View because Brian is cat-sitting three adorable cats for a friend. We also got a hot roasted oolong milk bubble tea at Tea Era. I have lots of pics but don’t want to bombard this post so I’ll try to post more later if we go back. Dinner was at Pho Garden, home of the pho challenge.

There were so many people attempting the pho challenge, which was to finish 2 lbs of noodles and 2 lbs of beef in one hour (don’t need to finish soup). If they win, they get to keep the giant bowl and a t-shirt, if they lose, they get the t-shirt. You could also order that dish for multiple people to share but you don’t win anything if you finish. I totally think my brother would try this if he were here. I sneaked a picture of these guys who were just starting. Look here for a picture of them signing the contract (several pages long).

pho challenge

I had the Garlic Noodles with Five Spice Chicken. The chicken was great! The noodles were coated in garlic powder.. I was not expecting that. I would have preferred real garlic or some kind of garlic sauce.

5 spice chicken garlic noodles

Brian got the Beef Pho. It’s very important that the soup broth is tasty and this one was. I saved the leftover sprouts and Thai basil to make some summer rolls later. My excuse: the basil and sprouts were sold in huge packs at the supermarket! ^_^

beef pho

We’re having leftovers for lunch and going to Amanda’s home for a family dinner today. I made sai mai lo so I’ll post that tomorrow if I remember to take pictures. Thanks for reading!

Pizza for dinner

13 May

I made pizza again because I had leftover ricotta cheese and I wanted to try ricotta pizza. The pizza dough is olive oil dough from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day.

Pizza #1: Vegetarian Ricotta Pizza: ricotta, mozzarella cheese, gimme lean faux sausage, spinach, caramelized onions, tomato sauce

ricotta pizza

Pizza #2: Chicken pizza: chicken, tomato, red bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce

chicken pizza

And this is what happens when you put too many liquid producing toppings.. I put a whole tomato and a whole red bell pepper onto this pizza. It got so wet in the middle that the dough underneath couldn’t cook. It was basically boiling.. it was making popping noises but the sink in the background was too loud.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54847721@N00/4604849653/

Sweet and Sour Chicken (Bento 23)

27 Mar

sweet and sour chicken

We got a nice big pineapple but had already made pineapple fried rice recently so I made sweet and sour chicken with pineapple instead. I’m not posting the recipe because it wasn’t my favorite. I think it’s easier to make with canned pineapple because you can use the juice (not the one with heavy syrup!) to sweeten the sauce.

sweet and sour chicken 2
This tasty dish goes down well with rice.

bento 23
Bento 23: Sweet and sour chicken, rice, greens, salad with toasted walnuts and strawberries.

I’m stressed out about many things. It’s hard for me to eat right when I’m stressed.

Hiyashi Chuka – Japanese Noodle Salad

11 Mar

Spring is coming! The weather in NY has been warming up and sunny days are a motivation to eat healthier and exercising outdoors. I went for a jog today.. I am so out of shape I barely got anywhere. So I went home and made lunch. haha.

Hiyashi chuka is a cold dish served in the summer. It’s normally made with chukamen which is raw ramen noodles (not the instant kind) but I didn’t have that on hand so I used rice stick noodles. I topped it with lots of fresh veggies, some protein and finished it off with flavor boosts from scallion and sesame seeds.

Hiyashi chuka close up

Toppings: English cucumber, corn, baby carrots, shredded chicken, egg strips, red pepper, shredded nori, scallion, sesame seeds.

Dressing: 1/3 cup water / 3 Tbsp rice vinegar / 2 Tbsp soy sauce / 3 Tbsp sugar / 1 tsp sesame oil (serves 4).

Hiyashi chuka

Delicious and good for you! Eating a variety of colors in vegetable form gives you lots of nutrients. Cooking with Dog has a video on how to make another version of this dish. Watch it to learn how to make the egg strips.

Japanese + Korean + Cupcakes

28 Feb

I ate really well yesterday. Good thing I stopped counting calories because I probably ate enough for a couple of days.

Breakfast: bowl of whole grain cheerios with 2% milk.

Lunch: Udon with homemade dashi stock (bonito flakes, dried fish, dashi granules, soy sauce, mirin, sugar), char siu (roast pork), poached egg, cabbage, naruto, nori, scallions, and ichimi togarashi (pepper flakes).
udon bowl top
Close up of raw egg goodness and cute naruto swirls:
udon bowl
During a 5 hour karaoke marathon at Duet 48: a large Calpico soju (yum!), a big bite of everything in the box of Buttercup Bake Shop goodies Wendy brought, a cookie (the momofuku ones I made). Click on photo to see what each cupcake is.
buttercup cupcakes
Dinner: Pocha 32 in Korea town: along with pictures below, jap chae, seafood pajun (that they hid tons of jalapenos in.. not good, way too spicy), and a sweet/savory rice cake stir fry.

Whole squid stuffed with spicy pork:
pork stuffed squid
The stew we always get with ramen, rice cakes, spam, sausage, tofu, veggies, cheese..
korean stew pocha
Garlic breaded chicken:
garlic breaded chicken

My poor, happy belly. =D

Edit: Totally forgot about the watermelon soju!
watermelon soju

New year = more bento? I hope..

19 Jan

Making and bringing bento boxes for me is my way of saving money, portioning my meals and getting to cook in my otherwise hectic life. My days usually either consists of working late hours or evening classes which mean I would either have to bring food, buy food (expensive near NYU and mostly unhealthy near work), or go hungry (not an option since I start feeling nauseated when I skip meals). Soooo, I hope to get back to bento-ing. If I remember to post them here, they’ll probably be just pictures and a description of what’s in the box.

Since it’s 2010, let’s keep count of each bento so I can be motivated to keep the number growing.

BENTO #1

bento #1
Bottom tier: mini egg tart, baked mochiko chicken (recipe by hapa bento), tonkatsu sauce in kitty.
Top tier: rice cooked with wasabi furikake, kimchi, chinese greens, enoki mushrooms.
Not shown: travel mug of chestnut green tea (lupicia), 6 white chocolate melts, 2 sweeties (clementines).

bento #1 top