Friday, July 9, 2010

Lunch: 4th of July- Chinese American Style

The beautiful thing about the holidays is all the free and delicious home cooked food you get! My mom's friend Fen, invited us over for a 4th of July lunch, and prepared an array of delectable Chinese dishes for us to stuff our faces with.
This is only half of the food she cooked... more to come!
Sauteed Shrimp and Leeks

 Sauteed Eggplant with Soy Sauce

Five Spice Tofu with Twice Cooked Pork

Braised Pork Belly in Oil
An asian style heart attack waiting to happen? ...Yep.

Soft Tofu in Hot Oil with Cilantro

Pickled Cucumbers with Fresh Garlic
This was served cold, a refreshing pick way to have your vegetables!

Pork and Cabbage Dumplings
There is nothing better than homemade dumplings. This is the asian comfort food, sometimes I feel bad for the people who have never had a true dumpling in their life. P.F Chang's does not count! Ultra thin skin with plenty of filling. It's almost a sin to dip it in soy sauce.

Pork and Leek Wonton
Less filling, more skin and with plenty of aromatic leeks. Yet it still hit the spot.

Dessert Soup
This was made with glutinous black sesame filled balls, red beans, white fungus, smaller glutinous balls and raisins. My favorite part is the sesame balls and white fungus. Chewy, slippery, and really fun to eat, but some people find the texture a little too "interesting" and can make them queasy. I find it and entertaining way to finish off a meal!

Barley Tea
This had a very familiar taste. It was as if someone had mixed sake in with beer and served it hot. Not for people who like light teas, this was full of flavor (mostly the taste of barley).

Myself, Fen, my mom, Bruce, and Buddy
Stuffed and ready to enjoy the fireworks later that night!

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