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everything i eat, most of which i've made, somewhat properly
tomato and fig panino with a pretty flower side salad, from surfas.
apparently the sandwich has taleggio, pesto, and is on garlic bread wut i don’t really remember it being that fragrant. i hope i wasn’t stinking up my afternoon meetings.
i finally cracked the braised eggplant dish! small pieces microwaved for 8 minutes in a glass bowl. with woodear and red peppers. braised with roasted chili sauce, fish sauce, and chingkiang vinegar. so good.
one of my staples lately, roasted chili and vinegar cold noodles. it’s basically a big chinese salad with whatever i have in the shape of julienned vegetables thrown in. sometimes with chicken. sometimes with woodear or seaweed, pecan bits, raisins, daikon. sometimes with sesame sauce. always with carrots and cilantro.
i’ve been kind of obsessed with rice pudding lately. to the point that i need to stop. because i’m lactose intolerant and my stomach really can’t handle it. 
i will keep on eating raisins like it’s my job though.
adventures in chayote continues. a stirfry of chayote, black fungus, carrot and mung bean vermicelli, kind of like a chapjae.
made from this recipe, with some added shiitake. i like that it’s really lightly seasoned, at least with my nonmeasuring seasoning.
i got really into this zucchini chicken salad this week and now i’m excited about making lunch stuff since i got sick of my turkey and pickled beet sandwich. eaten stuffed inside a pita.
made from this recipe with some modifications: tj cooked chicken, ponzu sudachi for lemon juice, cilantro for mint, and added raisins. try it! i’ve never really liked raw zucchini until now.
we were on the west side. jason wanted “normal food.” we went to islands.
i got the hawaiian (pineapple teriyaki) in turkey with a wheat bun. i should have gone beef, which would have stood up better against the sauce, but i was feeling like a bit of different. they’re fries are excellent.
3 classic dishes from tasty noodle in san gabriel: jellyfish cucumber salad, beef tendon noodle soup, pan fried pork buns.
the salad had these large cuts of jellyfish, which i had never seen in this type of salad. the dressing was so good even jason liked it, although he only had like half a piece of jellyfish.
the beef noodle soup had great housemade noodles and a surprising spicy kick.
the pork bun were light and savory, although they could have benefited from a bit of vinegar dipping sauce.
i’m really lucky that tasty noodle house is basically the closest real asian restaurant to my house, along with mini southern town and golden deli. and $21 fed us for two meals. will def be back.
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.
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