Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reunion Dinner Welcoming Year of the Dog

Having Lunar New Year eve a day after Valentine's Day was just too much for me. I was ready to not do anything on Valentine's Day. Yup. It's good to celebrate love for each other but I think it should not be limited to that one day. Celebration of love should be done each day and every occasion possible. Anyway, I feel the Lunar New Year's eve dinner is more important. My family has a tradition of having dinner together to welcome the Lunar New Year so it was embedded in me.

Some culture calls this Lunar New Year's eve dinner as Reunion Dinner. I only know them as big gathering dinner where my mom would prepare lots of dishes and we got to eat delicious food and drink our sodas (which we wouldn't otherwise). Anyway, now living far from them makes this big gathering dinner seems more important than ever. Though it's not big since it's just the two of us but I got to share my childhood stories as we eat our dinner.

Cute clipart that was passed around through social media. I take no credit on this.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Revisited : Thai Chili Express, San Jose

Found this tiny place a couple of months ago. We went back last weekend but was refused entrance due to a private party being held. Wow. What an idea. I didn't know it's possible.

Anyhow, so we went for lunch today. When we got there it was hardly 12 pm. There were a few guys in front of us doing take out. I got my spicy tofu with rice. Hubby ordered his pad kee mao. We shared a Thai ice tea.

Hubby's pad kee mao order only took about five minutes. Then we started digging in. As we sat there eating, more and more people came in for their lunches. And when we left there was a long line out the door. I am glad that the words were out that the food there was great and price was decent.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pho La - San Jose

We happened to be in the shopping mall getting finger print at the mail stop there. It's been a while since the last time we were in that area and was surprised to see a lot more options available. Contemplating between Vietnamese food or Korean we finally gave in to Vietnamese.

After I was done with my finger printing business we walked to Pho La which was at the corner of the mall. It was just a bit after 11 am and there was only a table occupied. We got our menu and was ready to order in a few minutes.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pho Co

I remembered seeing this restaurant last time we were at San Jose Vietnam Town area on Story Road. The location was very strategist facing Story Road. So we went and checked it out on a Saturday afternoon. When we got there it was around lunch time and we were debating whether we should be seating inside or outside. Hubby said let's sit inside so we walked in and got a table by the window.

The menu was quite extensive and consisted of items I have never heard before. I guess it's possibly dishes from Northern Vietnam. We know only chicken pho and bun cha hanoi so those two were the ones we ordered.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ikea Cafetaria - Emeryville

It's been a while since the last time we have been to any Ikea. But this time we happened to be in Berkeley area and was wondering what's good for lunch. My light bulb popped and voila we ended up in Ikea Cafe.

I was intrigued to try the vegetables ball and hubby chose salmon fillet. I saw the chocolate cake and they looked delicious. I know hubby loves dessert so I egged him to try it. He was a bit hesitant but in the end gave in.

The lay out of the cafe looked just like fast food line up. Pick or order food of your choice and pay at the cashier on the way out. As we were waiting for our turn I saw lentil soup on their menu and decided to get it as well.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Korean Soybean Sprouts Side dish 콩나물무침

This recipe is by a Youtuber Future Neighbor. The link to their recipe on their blog is here. Scroll down for his video on Youtube. The recipe here has been adjusted to what I made.

Ingredients :
1 bag of 12 oz (340 gr) soybean sprout
1 medium size carrot
2 green onion

Seasoning :
1/2 ts soy sauce
1/2 ts minced garlic
2/3 ts salt
1/2 ts salt
1/2 ts chili sesame oil
1 ts toasted sesame seeds

Friday, January 12, 2018

Noodle Hut - Milpitas

Found this place while looking for a place for lunch in the Milpitas area. It seemed relatively new and pretty interesting so I was curious to give it a try.

By the time we got there was around 2 so it was pretty empty. Just another 2 more tables occupied. But I saw a sign on sheet by the door so it was most likely busy earlier. We ordered a Phnom Penh noodle and mekatang. Since I was hungry I ordered a round bread thinking I could chew on it while waiting for our orders. But the bread actually came out after our noodles had arrived.

For our Phnom Penh noodle we asked for small egg noodle. I think the small noodle absorb the sauce and goes better with the toppings. The toppings consisted of minced pork, sliced pork, prawns, pork liver, thinly sliced pork stomach and tons of fried garlic. If you are not used to pork liver and stomach you may want to stir away from this noodle. I loved the chewiness of the pork stomach but next time I would request to not include the pork liver. Can't get used to the smell of it. Our noodle came dry with a bowl of soup on the side. We were also served bean sprout to be dunked into the soup.