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TASTING MEMORIES

One of my very first food memories was with my pseudo-grandpa. He was a chicken farmer, that means he will always reserve the best part of the chicken for me. I will get a freshly butchered steamed chicken drumstick and soy sauce all to myself. I always eat it with my hands just holding the end of the joint. As I bite into it I can see the yellow fat dripping onto the plate. The meat has a firm texture that yields to the teeth and the fragrant of chicken meat is there in every bite.

When I moved to Vancouver, I will think of this scene of him and these chicken thighs whenever I miss Hong Kong. They are almost synonymous with one another. Sometimes, I wonder why the memories of meals and the taste of food have such vivid imprints in my head. When I first arrived in Vancouver, that was how I used to connect with my past life in Hong Kong and bringing these memories to life. I remember through taste as a child and I still do. Taste and food just has a way to transport me back into another country, another time and another mindset.

Thank you for sharing many many delicious meals with me and showing me that great food like everything else in life is best when it is shared. I will miss you greatly but I know you have found peace in another world.

HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING = BALANCE

A balanced meal to me means the right amount of crispiness to softness in a bite. Maybe that’s why I am touched if a plate of fried noodles comes with just the right ratio of soft noodles, crispy bean sprouts, fragrant green onions and tender beef.

The following “balance” in life makes me very very HAPPY:

The right amount of hot water to one shot of espresso makes an Americano satisfying.

Eating a bowl of Chinese soup noodle, putting just the right amount of soup, noodle, meat into one spoonful.

The right amount of ice cream to waffle cone.

Spaghetti Bolognese, with the right amount of tomato sauce to minced beef to spaghetti.

Shanghainese vegetable and pork dumplings with 75% vegetables and 25% meat (approximately).

A pizza with 60% vegetables and 40% meat/cheese.

At the end of the day, to have a balanced dish in front of me, I can eat more without being bored of one ingredient or flavour and best of all, on my last bite, there is still a little bit of everything.

WHATS APP FOR DINNER?

Goodbye to days of getting lost, not knowing a movie’s name, stuck with no camera and days where I can answer a phone call without looking decent – it was inevitable thanks to my dad!

I have to admit that iPhone has made it very convenient for me and my brother, Henry to make each other hungry and crave food at unearthly hours in different cities.

Here is a typical chat with him:

Me: Hey, look at the roasted suckling pig we had tonight!

Henry: I am hungry already!

Me: Here’s the sunburnt pig
Henry: Haha stop!
Me: Are you studying for your exams?
Henry: You bet, you better stop distracting me with that delicious food
Me: I am just “sharing”

Home Cooking

We don’t kiss each other on the cheeks or hug or tell each other that we miss each other that often, instead we make home-cooked meals enough to feed a soccer team or more. Read more

Destressing

I think having my own kitchen is as important as having my laptop because that is where I can use my own pair of hands to create taste, memories, experiment and destress. Read more

Butter & Chicken Breasts

At one point of my life, I tried to substitute any “fatty” ingredients or cooking methods into healthier ones like making oven-fried chickens with cornmeal and pre-panfrying it and then finishing the rest of the cooking in the oven, using milk instead of cream in traditional cream sauce recipes like spaghetti carbonara and one of the biggest change I did was using sunflower oil instead of butter in baking, I would make “low-fat” muffins, banana breads, cupcakes..etc – all these modifications started because I wanted someone special to me to enjoy all these tasty food without creating unneeded calories for the belly. Read more