Thanksgiving 2011

I’m going to Los Angeles again for Thanksgiving. And this time, my Uncle and Aunt requested for me to cook. Actually, they’re just leaving everything up to me. Thank goodness I don’t need to cook the turkey, they already pre-ordered that from a restaurant. Oh boy, I know it’s going to be a tiring day. At least I’ll have my brother and two of my cousins to help me.

My Thanksgiving 2011 lunch:

My Thanksgiving 2011 dinner:

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100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

I love doing these online quizzes when I’m bored. This list was inspired by The Omnivore’s Hundred.

Let’s see how I do as an ethinic Chinese person.

  1. Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions
  2. Bold all the items you’ve eaten
  3. Cross out any items that you would never consider eating

100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

  1. Almond milk
  2. Ants Climbing a Tree (poetic, not literal, name)
  3. Asian pear
  4. Baby bok choy
  5. Baijiu
  6. Beef brisket
  7. Beggar’s Chicken
  8. Bingtang hulu (冰糖葫芦)
  9. Bitter melon
  10. Bubble tea
  11. Buddha’s Delight
  12. Cantonese roast duck
  13. Century egg, or thousand-year egg
  14. Cha siu (Cantonese roast pork)
  15. Char kway teow
  16. Chicken feet
  17. Chinese sausage
  18. Chow mein
  19. Chrysanthemum tea
  20. Claypot rice
  21. Congee
  22. Conpoy (dried scallops)
  23. Crab rangoon
  24. Dan Dan noodles
  25. Dragonfruit
  26. Dragon’s Beard candy
  27. Dried cuttlefish
  28. Drunken chicken
  29. Dry-fried green beans
  30. Egg drop soup
  31. Egg rolls
  32. Egg tart, Cantonese or Macanese
  33. Fresh bamboo shoots
  34. Fortune cookies
  35. Fried milk
  36. Fried rice
  37. Gai lan (Chinese broccoli)
  38. General Tso’s Chicken
  39. Gobi Manchurian
  40. Goji berries (Chinese wolfberries)
  41. Grass jelly
  42. Hainan chicken rice
  43. Hand-pulled noodles
  44. Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in translucent wrappers)
  45. Haw flakes
  46. Hibiscus tea
  47. Hong Kong-style Milk Tea
  48. Hot and sour soup
  49. Hot Coca-Cola with Ginger
  50. Hot Pot
  51. Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin)
  52. Jellyfish
  53. Kosher Chinese food
  54. Kung Pao Chicken
  55. Lamb skewers (yangrou chua’r)
  56. Lion’s Head meatballs
  57. Lomo Saltado
  58. Longan fruit
  59. Lychee
  60. Macaroni in soup with Spam
  61. Malatang
  62. Mantou, especially if fried and dipped in sweetened condensed milk
  63. Mapo Tofu
  64. Mock meat
  65. Mooncake (bonus points for the snow-skin variety)
  66. Nor mai gai (chicken and sticky rice in lotus leaf)
  67. Pan-fried jiaozi
  68. Peking duck
  69. Pineapple bun
  70. Prawn crackers
  71. Pu’er tea
  72. Rambutan
  73. Red bean in dessert form
  74. Red bayberry
  75. Red cooked pork
  76. Roast pigeon
  77. Rose tea
  78. Roujiamo
  79. Scallion pancake
  80. Shaved ice dessert
  81. Sesame chicken
  82. Sichuan pepper in any dish
  83. Sichuan preserved vegetable (zhacai)
  84. Silken tofu
  85. Soy milk, freshly made
  86. Steamed egg custard
  87. Stinky tofu
  88. Sugar cane juice
  89. Sweet and sour pork, chicken, or shrimp
  90. Taro
  91. Tea eggs
  92. Tea-smoked duck
  93. Turnip cake (law bok gau)
  94. Twice-cooked pork
  95. Water chestnut cake (mati gau)
  96. Wonton noodle soup
  97. Wood ear
  98. Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)
  99. Yuanyang (half coffee, half tea, Hong Kong style)
  100. Yunnan goat cheese

So out of 100, I would never eat one thing and I haven’t had 3 things.

From Appetite for China.

“What should I order?”

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WordPress: 2010 in Review

I got an email from WordPress about how my food blog has been doing in the year 2010. They must have started this recently because I didn’t get this in 2009 nor 2008. I’m so happy!!

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 108 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 249 posts. There were 161 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 31mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 9th with 344 views. The most popular post that day was Update: Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were tastespotting.com, facebook.com, wholefoodsmarket.com, twitter.com, and stumbleupon.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dried scallop fried rice, scallop fried rice, thai crispy chicken, how to cook shark loin, and thai crispy chicken recipe.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Update: Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado March 2010
5 comments

2

Dried Scallops Fried Rice with Egg & Chinese Broccoli February 2009

3

Honey Glazed Lemon Thyme Chicken Wings February 2010
1 comment

4

Patate Fritte with Parmigiano Reggiano November 2009
1 comment

5

Seafood Congee March 2010
2 comments

Happy New 2011!

Time sure goes by quickly. Food wise, it’s been awesome. It’s always awesome. I always enjoy food no matter where I am. Blogging wise, there has been a stump ever since I left my home in the US to come to Hong Kong…

I hope I get to cook more in 2011 at home with the parents.

Happy New Year to all my followers and supporters and friends!

Winter Holiday Feasts

I have gained so much weight since Christmas Eve dinner. If I had to rate every dinner since then on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the best, Christmas Eve dinner = 10; Christmas Day dinner = 9, and Boxing Day dinner = 9.

I have gained a total of 14 pounds! I am officially normal weight, I’m no longer underweight. But somehow being “normal” weight makes me feel fat. I’m going to start exercising tomorrow or after January 1. Usually I’m very strict with myself after the New Year, hahaha…

Christmas Eve Feast

Dinner tonight was a feast for five people. My mom’s niece came over and joined us. My mom is the best cook I know! Let me try to list all the food we had.

  • Stir-fry spinach
  • Stir-fry celery strips with 豆腐干
  • Stir-fry eggplants and tomato
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Stir-fry prawns with chili peppers
  • Braised lamb with shiitake mushrooms and Daikon Radish
  • Steamed dried scallops on soft tofu
  • Cantonese-styled steamed fish – coral fish – the one that is red with blue spots

My mom did that all by herself. Amazing! I would have helped and I offered but she told me to finish my work prep first. I gained a total of 8 pounds from tonight’s meal.

Happy Holidays everyone!