when my parents left, my mom basically left me with a bunch of produce that i never use, like the avocado and winter melon. and especially chayote, which she usually just juliennes and marinates in a simple chinese dressing.
i knew that chayote is popular in south india so i decided to add it into a curry, albeit a chunky thai green one, with carrot, sweet potato, potato, green pepper, and ground beef. it was like a pleasing respite from the spice of the curry sauce.
west lake beef soup has become one of my chinese ordering mainstays. this version, from new capital seafood in rowland heights is more like the traditional thick gung style while the one at oak tree inn in south pas is lighter and with more spinach. i like both.
and i like eating my soup out of ridiculously small bowls.
my parents were here for the holidays and my mom couldn’t stop buying avocados since they’re so much better and cheaper than on the east coast. i have to say that i make a mean guacamole. but i’ve afraid of fat, even supposed “good fat.”
mi quang and lime soda from ngu binh in westminster, oc. i had to pick up my parents from SNA on a wednesday night so i made lemonade by visiting little saigon.
this was the first time i had mi quang and i am so into it. from gastronomyblog: “turmeric noodles, banana flower, lettuce, beansprouts, shrimp, pork, rice crackers, and herbs, all in a shallow pool of sweet pork broth.” i might never have pho ever again.
my first cooked meal in my new apartment: curry sauteed carrot, cabbage, and spicy italian sausage over rice. i realized that this may be the first time in years when u haven’t had fish sauce to finish a stirfry. i’m useless without my condiments.
moving day weekday lunch at hui tou xiang: an order of pork hui tou and the seaweed salad. with complimentary kimchi. the hui tou were not as good as i had built up in my mind but the seaweed salad was kind of amazing. had enough for leftovers that night.