Foodie Friday: Sweet Duck

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Sweet duck: a more sugared-up version of roast duck I admit it. I’m a big duck fan. Ever since I saw the glistening displays in Chinese barbecue shops, I’ve been a sucker for duck. In fact, I’ve posted about roast duck before. Recently, though, I had a sweeter version. The dish was actually called sweet duck. It featured a glaze on top of the skin, a slight subtle honey flavor. Even though the components were the same (tender meat, crispy skin), it didn’t quite compete with the … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Szechwan braised pork

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It's been a long time since I've gone for hot and spicy. With the cold and wet weather outside, though, I braved the fiery food. Szechwan braised pork: saucy pork belly Okay, so this actually was one of the dishes without a red hot chili pepper next to its name. The plus part? Lots of tender meat. The minus? Loads of fat. It was too greasy for my taste actually, but it's packed full of umami flavor. Here's a recipe for it. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Lobster Noodles

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Lobster noodles: Lobster meat with long noodles This is a gratuitous foodie picture. Yes, long noodles signify longevity. You can find this dish (with or without the lobster) at birthday parties and New Year feasts. The taste is what you would expect--tender lobster over gravied mein. However, I liked the visual aspect of the dish the most. There's something striking about the vibrant red of the seafood against the more subtle tones of the noodles. What symbolic foods do you eat? … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Fried Taro Puffs

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Fried taro puffs: steamed taro with crunchy exterior Taro puffs may not be the healthiest choice on the dim sum menu, but they're quite tasty! I love the contrast of the two textures. Inside, there's the nice steamed mash of taro root (usually combined with pork and mushrooms). Outside, there's the crisp exterior with crunchy strands. If you'd love to make your own batch, here's a recipe for them. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday Fiesta

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Foodie Friday Fiesta: Lots of yummy eating in Mexico! My blog went dark since last week because I was overseas in Mexico! We traveled to Mexico City for nine days (more on that amazing adventure on Monday's blog). While there, we feasted on goodies. Here's a brief sample of what I enjoyed: Agua: Not just water, agua frescas are delicious juices served at many stands. What I love about these drinks is that you can combine your most beloved fruits into a customized blend. And … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Duck Burrito

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I ate my very first Duck burrito: a huge burrito stuffed with duck meat My family took a recent trip to Mammoth Lakes for summer vacation. (It was amazing--and there's still snow at the top!) Anyway, we also went to Roberto's, a local Mexican restaurant. On their menu, they featured a duck burrito. As you may well know, I'm a huge fan of duck (roast, Peking, etc.), so I had to try it. It's actually a pretty tasty experience; the meat complemented really well with the spices and brought … [Read more...]

Eating as we Age

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"Fortune cookie say: You will find happiness in mind and heart." I grew up with the food pyramid, which morphed into MyPlate (2011). This is a plate symbol that's divided into unequal quadrants and shows a healthy diet. Now, this chart has been revised for older adults. It still encourages variety in foods (easy rule: make sure to dine on plenty of colors!). Here a few interesting highlights for eating as we age: Use frozen veggies (they're convenient and have an equivalent nutritional … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Buddha Jumps Over the Wall

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Buddha Jumps Over the Wall: an enticing soup made with a variety of ingredients I drank this in Taiwan, and it's chock-full of seafood and vegetables. Supposedly, it is so tempting that even a Buddhist monk (who is vegetarian) would jump over the wall to eat it--hence the unique name of the dish. However, I actually found there to be too many flavors to really enjoy them all. Some recipes boast up to thirty ingredients. Here's an article on how one chef makes his dish. That being said, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Saucisson au Poivre

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In Taiwan, I enjoyed my first French saucisson.  Saucisson au Poivre: peppercorn sausage My cousin treated us to his spoils from France: fancy cheeses and saucisson. It's very similar to salami you get from the deli--not the packaged kind, but the sort they need to slice up. I love cured meats, and on my trip to Spain I ate a lot of jamón ibérico. This French sausage is quite tasty, and although I was skeptical about the black pepper, I came to love that slight kick on the tongue. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Lion’s Head Meatballs

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Lion's head meatballs: Oversized meatballs  This is another giant food dish. The big meatball is supposed to represent a lion's head, while the surrounding cabbage resemble a lion's mane. In various regions of China, there are sauces on the side that will complement the meatiness. Beyond the symbolism, it's pretty much exactly how you think it will taste--pork meatball flavor. Fun fact: This dish is quite popular in Shanghai cuisine.  … [Read more...]

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