Kuishinbo~Meow~

I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Bumpy Bubba in Baltimore (2) - Five Guys

Our first lunch in Baltimore was in this burger place.



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Five Guys. It was my first time to hear and to try it.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries began as a family run business in 1986 by 5 brothers. It focuses on serving the best burgers possible. Today, there are Five Guys restaurants all along the East Coast, from New York to Florida. However, the philosophy is still the same. Five Guys continues to focus on the quality of the food.



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Once entered the premise, big boxes of yummy peanuts were waiting for the customers to grab and munch.

I love those peanuts. Crunchy, huge and delicious. I would definitely grab a full hand if not because of my more important focus of the meal.



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If you go to see their press page, there is a list of awards for their burgers and fries. In fact, in the restaurant, these awards were written clearly on the wall.

The awards triggered my curiosity on the real thing.



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I was more excited to see the "Never Frozen" quote for the 100% Fresh American Beef and "Fresh Cut" Fries that "Cooked in 100% Pure Peanut Oil".



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So, I placed my order. The staffs were friendly and the services were nice. I enjoyed that.

All I have to do was to wait for my number to be called.

After 5 min...



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Tralala~~~ my Five Guys hamburger!

Oh oh... that was a huge burger. One fun thing about the burger was the as many free toppings option. I chose ketchup, mustard, tomato, fried onion and lettuce.



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Also, my Cajun style fries. Gosh~~~ another big portion.

I paid a total US$6.30 for my burger and fries. Might sound a bit expensive, but the portion matched the price.



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Oh my, the "regular" hamburger turned out to be "double patties". That was way too much for me. I finished all though. I should have ordered the junior hamburger. Oh well, at least next time I know the "regular" does not necessary be a "normal size".

Except for the double patties and lack of ketchup, this was a great burger. The patties tasted just as it quoted. "Fresh", "Non Frozen", "100% Beef". I was impressed with the natural beef taste. You know it is the real thing with the 1st bite.

The fries, I made a wrong choice. I should have chose the regular fries after tried my friend's one. These fries are good, but the Cajun seasoning was a bit too much for my palate that prefer a more natural and simple goodie.

So, I voted In and Out as the best place for burgers and fries in the West.

Now, I vote Five Guys as the best choice for the best burgers and fries.

In fact, I see close similarity between the two.
Simple menu. Fresh ingredient. Great service.
These are really what a great simple burger and scrumptious fries need.

Give yourself a Five Guys too. ;)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bumpy Bubba in Baltimore (1) - The learning

Hi guys, I am back to my home sweet home.

The whole trip was truly fantastic.

10 of us, in a bumpy van... Bump, Bump, Bump... up to Baltimore in Maryland.

We decided to name our van - Bumpy Bubba. ^_^

First thing about Baltimore - COLDDDD~~~~~ place for winter. Such a pain for fish fish who loves warm place.

So, what have we done?

MANY!!

First, we went to 2 places for a great learning opportunity.



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The 1st one was Philips Foods, Inc.

It was a great tour. We learnt so much about seafood processing, especially crab. The general manager taught us many things. We truly appreciated that.

He was even kind enough to let me take pictures during the whole tour. However, sorry everybody, it is not for public as I have promised to him.



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The next day when we went to have our fabulous dinner in Philips Harborplace, each of us received a cocktail glass for free. Details later. ;)



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Then, after Philips Food, Inc. and a lunch (details later), we headed to our 2nd location - TIC gums.

It was quite strict. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the premises.

However, the 2 h-tour truly led me to a new point of view. The staffs were very friendly and tried to answer our questions at the best they could.

Just when we didn't expect anything more...



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Tralala~~~ each of us received this wonderful bag before we left.

I am so in love with it. Just exactly the type that I like.

Woohoo~~~ a new bag for a change of mood to work :P

This was just the beginning, wait till you see the continuation. ;)

Very tired now. Tata~~~

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Rice Flour Steamed Meat

One of the unique dishes that I learnt from Xin's mom was called 米粉蒸肉. Literally rice flour steamed meat.



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This was the vital ingredient in making this dish.

A mixture of white rice with small portion of glutinous rice and star aniseed that was blended into powder form.



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For seasonings, she used soy sauce, cooking wine, finely chopped ginger, salt, sugar and MSG.



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She just added the seasonings one by one according to her decades cooking experience.

Then, as the pork she used was quite lean, she put some vegetable oil to give the meat a smoother texture.



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Next, was to coat the seasoned meat with the rice flour mixture.

Instead of using the conventional steaming, she chose to cook it with the microwave as the stoves were used for making other dishes.

So, she added some water, put into the microwave and cooked for a few minutes. Then, she added some more water and mixed it well again before put back into the microwave, The adding water, mixing and microwaving steps were repeat for a few times.

Finally...



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Tralala~~~ a microwaved rice flour steamed meat was born. ^_^

It was good. I was impressed with the way how rice flour was utilized in such a form.

Another true taste from Jiang Xi. Why don't you try to make it too? Simple to make, unique taste and texture... definitely a dish worth to remember.

p/s : I have a lot of thing to do tonight. Need to be quick as I am going to sleep at 10pm tonight. Need to wake up at 3.00am to get ready for a 3-day trip that will depart at 4.00am. 4.00am!!! No Kidding!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My 1st piggy day

Never in my life I spent the 1st day of CNY like I did on this year.

Wore my pyjama and stayed at home the whole day.
Talked in phone with the same person for more than 7 hours!

Basically, I was aptly named a lazy pig on the 1st day of oink oink year.

How wonderful was that.

Well, one thing for sure, pig will move for food.

Same for this piggy fish.

I was busy in the kitchen preparing my meal while talking on the phone.

Hehe...

I challenged myself to make Kiaw (Chinese dumpling) for the first time because I was too homesick.



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These were the ingredients.
Pork (of course!), fresh prawn, rehydrated dried mushroom and Chinese cabbage.

For the seasoning, I used salt, ginger powder, garlic powder and five spices.

*chop... chop... chop...*

*after 20 min*



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My filling for the Kiaw was ready to use.

I utilized the ready to use dumpling skin.

That was indeed so convenient for me.

*wrap... wrap... wrap* *busy talking on phone**saliva splashed into the Kiaw*



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Tralala~~~ a box of nice looking dumplings.

Ready for the cooking. ^_^

*Boil water* *Throw a few dumplings in*

*Prepared a bowl of miso soup at the same time*



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Dang! Dang! Dang! My simple yet satisfying homecook meal.



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The cooked Kiaw was scooped out and blend with some garlic chip, soy sauce, sesame oil and vegetable oil.

In Kuching we called this Da Kiaw (dry dumpling). It is my favorite hawker's delicacy. Never tired of it.



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Oolala~~~ This was good! Must better than what I have expected.

The filling was Bouncing My Teeth. The dumpling skin was smoother than mine. -_-"""



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In addition to that, I used the dumpling skin to make some baked curry puff. ^_^

Heeee... this curry puff was definitely much much better than my 1st attempt. I just love the skin. So crunchy!!

It was good to have such a lazy Nian Chu Yi. It sure was.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

First CNY in U.S.A

I woke up this morning and said to myself, "Happy New Year!"

Did nothing whole day, except eating, talking on the phone and relaxing myself.

Yesterday, I joint the Yang's family for a great CNY eve.

We went to do shopping for a few hours before heading back for preparing the CNY Eve's Dinner. I was indeed very grateful for the invitation. You know it is not a good feeling to celebrate this festive holiday alone.



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Mama Yang started to get busy and dirty at the kitchen.



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Xin and me were assigned to make sesame paste rice dumplings. We spent a few hours to finish the assignment.



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This was the first trial batch. Big and small, thick and thin.

After an hour, we really made those rice dumplings looked as round and as same size on each of them. ^_^

The taste was fabulous. Now I know that to make a good sesame paste rice dumplings was not a hard task at all. Details on how to make will be in later posts.

In Jiang Xi, it is a tradition to eat this sweet rice dumplings during CNY eve.



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Around the dinner time, Mama Yang has prepared a full table of dishes.

Although the dinner was scheduled at 6.30pm, the guest only reached 35 min later.



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Papa Yang decided to get out his precious Chinese white wine, Mao Tai to drink with me first. :P



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My 1st glass of Mao Tai, the national wine of China.

"Kanpai!"

The Mao Tai was very flavourful. A very strong 53% alcohol spirit.

It was too strong to drink that alone.



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However, with this great Chinese dumpling, the wine tasted really awesome.

Luckily we ate this to fill up the hunger while waiting for the guests to come. Hmmm...

Once the guests reached at 7.05pm, we started to chomp down all the great foods!!



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This is a must eat soup in Jiang Xi during CNY eve. It is called Hu Geng (糊羹), a kind of thick soup made from sweet potato starch.

I love this. By adding Chinese Black Vinegar, it was as good as a bowl of good shark fin soup. *Slurp*



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This is another great traditional dish of Yang's family. It is steamed pork with rice flour. On that night, Mama Yang cooked it using microwave and the result was as good as the steamed version. I will show how to make this in my coming posts. ;)



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We also have this soft and chewy five spices pork tongue. A dish that simply made you addicted to it easily.



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Also, the classic dish in Yang's family, a good plate of five spices beef. Scrumptious taste with great texture.



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This is a unique dish of Jiang Xi province. A dish that made from Pomelo spongy rind (pith?). Very special texture and unique flavour. How to made this? I will show in my coming posts too. :P

Jiang Xi is a province in China that plants pomelo in big mass. However, the spongy rind has higher price that the sweet flesh due to its high demand in using it in cooking. It was an interesting fact for me.



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Eat tofu, then you will become rich rich. :P

This plate of black bean pork braised tofu was simply something simple, flavourful and yummy to accompany those meat dishes.



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This Chinese Cabbage stir fry was another great mild fiber source for a balanced meal.



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Black fungus is always my favorite. I love the cartilaginous mouthfeel when biting them.



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Although I am not a fan of pork liver due to the high cholesterol content of this organ, I ate a lot of pork liver that day. You will know why in my later posts.

For this one, I only tried 2 pieces. Cooked yet not overdone. Sweet liver with spicy chili, great combination.



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This fish was brought by one of the guests. It is a Chinese tradition to eat fish on CNY eve. A symbolic dish for "Every year has savings".

We love this fish. It was finished in a fast speed.

It was a full dinner. Yet, it didn't end just here.



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We each had a bowl of this red bean soup with rice and taro dumplings. Great dessert. Not too sweet, not too mild, just the perfect sweetness for me.



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The 2nd dish was this frozen cream puff. Each was in a cute mini size that just popped into your mouth easily. Love the feeling of the cream melted slowly inside my mouth.



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The hosts prepared this nice chocolate cheese cake that they bought from fresh market. The chocolate was too sweet for me, but I simply enjoy the middle layer cheese.



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The aftermath of the feast, time for some good chatting while biting watermelon seeds one by one with a cup of warm drink.



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Look at all the happy faces!! ^_^



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Thank you dear hosts. I will never forget what a great CNY eve's dinner that I experienced in U.S. for the 1st time because of you all.

Happy Chinese New Year.

Papa Yang and Mama Yang is going to leave U.S. in another 2 days to go back to China. They are great people. I wish them all the best.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy Oink Oink!!

Y(^_^)Y

I am really glad my first Chinese New Year Eve dinner at U.S. was a great one. The details will be in my next post.

Meanwhile, do allow fish fish to great everyone...

GONG XI FA CAI

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... with this tacky red piece of cute CNY poster that is hanging on my wall now. :P

Muak muak!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Today, CNY is getting near...

... mom is too busy to even to talk to me for more than 5 min.

... my friend is too busy with her 26th birthday which she will not forget for life as she has her best present - she get her new job. (MC, really proud of you. You'll be the most sexy, hottest and attractive new staff in your new location. Muahaha~~~)

... blogosphere is so boring as people are busy with their CNY.

Me?

I am too busy to edit photos for my work now. :(

I miss homecook CNY meal.

Especially my mom's one. I couldn't help but to saliva dripping when she was mentioning she cooked this, that and those in the phone. I am super jealous with my siblings now. Xi Beh Xing Fu.

Now, this is the time when you will deeply think being alone is not good at all.

Oh well, better sleep early tonight for my free donut tomorrow.

*Donut* *Donut* Slurp~~~

I want hugs.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My lousy valentine...

...because...

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... a 17-month little girl made such an artistic love.



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Her talented mother made such beautiful chocolate cookies lollipops for us.

Me?

Despite spent 2 hr in the kitchen to form the dough with my milk energy...



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...I made some curry puffs that looked quite bad.



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Although the filling turned out ok, the coating was as hard as rock.

Man~~~ it was so hard that I think I need some metal teeth to break it.

-_-""" So, no homemade treat from fish fish this year for valentine.

Now, anyone wants these hard-rock curry puffs to throw at your significant half?