A short trip to Chinatown always makes me happy because I don’t miss home so much after eating some fresh from the oven baked goods you can only get from home. This was my mom’s favorite too and back home, you only get to eat this when you are having a wedding or someone is having a wedding. But these days, you can find it everywhere in Asia and people don’t eat it only because of weddings. It’s a sweet cookie with sweet paste in them – I don’t eat a lot of them but I do have cravings, thank God for a very supportive spouse, who drove hours to get me some.
We were in the city for some work the next day, so today being April Fool’s Day and also Easter Monday, we decided to have a good chinese meal at an authentic chinese restaurant that serves Sze Chuan food. Too many, this must be a very ugly fish, where else, I loved this kinda fish because it reminds me of my childhood where I had to eat the eyeballs because my mom told me that it was the best part of a fish. They delight in seeing me devour the eyes and spitting out the eyeballs after eating up all the jello stuff around the eyes.
The friends looked at me in disgust – hahahaha!
I missed traveling ! before migrating to Canada – I used to travel a lot for work and vacation but now that I have a family things are quite different. Even though my kids are older now, I still have to be around for them as the spouse travels a lot for work. My mom said that the only reason why I missed the traveling is because of the food – as I’m quite adventurous with food and once I went back to Japan just because I loved their mushroom tea at the Mt Fuji gift shop. Yes, I went back to Tokyo because of the mushroom tea – just the mushroom tea. Of course, I loved their dried scallops that came in small little tiny pouches that you can popped in your mouth and eat them singly.
I missed a lot of food but what I missed most today were these oyster omelet that you can find in Taiwan. The juicy and succulent tiny oysters in each mouthful of omelet is to die for. They can be found in the streets of Taipei and they are awfully cheap, not only the Taiwanese loved it, tourists like myself loved it too. I told the spouse about my craving the other night and he promised to bring me a long with him on his next trip to Taiwan. I’m so lucky right? Yes! very but can I leave my kids again with their grandparents. Parenthood is such JOY! but I will never regret it.
This is way better than KFC’s popcorn chicken and once eaten this – you wouldn’t go back to KFC ever again. This is what the spouse wants to call beer snack but it’s the childrens’ favorite. So after having this in 2010 in Korea, I decided to try and cook it at home but I failed miserably. The spouse was in Korea recently and took this picture for me – to remind me of how good the Frypan chicken taste.
Well, he doesn’t have to remind me of it – I have a picture of it myself too.
Met up with some friends who just came back from traveling for a drink, well – a few drinks and we came across a place that I had been to a long time ago in Taiwan. So that got me thinking again about traveling back to Asia with my friends instead of my spouse. As much as I liked traveling with the spouse and kids, sometimes it’s great to be able to travel with your pals. But I do have a problem, I just not used to sharing a hotel room with anyone except the spouse and my children, so if we were to go, I hate to offend anyone nor would I want them to have to spend extra money for another room. Dilemma I know !
Now what’s the reason why I won’t like to share a room with a gal pal? it’s just not convenient and I really loved my privacy a lot but if I really want to go to Taiwan or any part of Asia with my gal pals, I think I just might have no choice but to suck it up. So for now, I’m going to think about it but I am really intrigue with all the shopping and places they had been to because I know the spouse and children wouldn’t be able to do as much.
My first moon cake for this year – yums!
I pride myself for eating well, so I don’t understand why I’m always onto something, from stomach problems, to heel pain and this week a bad sinus attack! What the hell right? I eat lots of veggies, very little junk food and try as best as I can to limit myself to food that has lots of oil or has high cholesterol. I eat lots of fish and very little meat and yet I put on weight like there is no tomorrow – darn! I don’t eat cakes or sweets or sugar – so what is wrong with my diet. I think I might just have to start with a light soup with little noodles and veggie diet soon.
So it’s the March break the the spouse is in Taiwan, so what do one do with a bunch of kids who are bored? you bring them with you on a short trip to Taiwan – and the cost, I’m sure you are wondering – good ole Airmiles. It’s funny to bring your western kids to a very Chinese place – especially if you have all of them with blond air because no matter how advance Taiwan is, they are extremely curious with your blond hair kids. It will be an eye opener for my kids that’s for sure and weather isn’t too bad either at this time of the year, not too hot nor too cold.
Yes, Peking duck but I’m not in Peking and when you want to eat something from home and you cannot get it – what do you do? you make them yourself silly. My kid said to me the other day – my mom is the best cook – she can whipped up just about anything. In truth, mom isn’t a good cook, mom just have no choice because when you are in the West and you cannot get the food you want, you just have to cook them yourself and having been in the West for this long, you kinda learned to be good.
Sometimes, I wonder if migrating and marrying a Westerner is such a good idea. Of course, you have the pros but lets not forget the cons as well and on certain days, the cons can look quite huge. I don’t regret it but the food, the food is the one that causes me some grieve.
I’ve always loved Bak Kua even when I was living in Asia and now that I’m not in Asia, of course I craved for it when the Chinese New Year season is round the corner. I think moreso during the festive season, for the Chinese New Year is a huge festival in Asia. Someone asked me the other day if I missed home and I have to say that I missed the food more than the place. If they had a mini Hong Kong or mini Asia in Canada, I think I’m all set.
Bak Kua comes in various flavor and sizes – many varieties to choose from and during the Chinese New Year season, folks would queue up for hours at the most popular Bak Kua store and wait for a few boxes of Bak Kua for gifts and personal consumption during Chinese New Year. Lucky for me – the spouse travels a lot around Canada and United States, so I got my munchies for the new year from Vancouver and they are certainly not cheap at all. about $25 for 1Ibs of meat jerky – my grandmother would have flipped. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to be able to afford something so small and so expensive, I am really grateful for my life here in Canada and a good spouse.