The Mango Pudding Incident
Mouth-watering morsels of dough and meat entered my mouth over the course of brunch yesterday. Around the table, nothing but lip-smacking goodness. Of course, I'm talking about taking a couple of co-workers out to dim sum. My favorite place around the Portland-metro area is Wong's King Seafood. Don't let the restaurant name fool you if you don't like seafood in general ~ they offer the dim sum standard fare and a couple of items that are unique as well.
A funny incident that happened yesterday: everyone around the table was basically full from eating the savory portion of dim sum and were ready for desserts. I'm not much of a dessert fan, and so the only dimsum-time dessert I know of is the "dan tat", or egg custard. Despite all of the years of dim sum I've had, I went out on a limb and decided to try something new, even for me. We noticed an item I've never seen before, a three-layered, jello-like dessert that looked much like what you'd find in three layered jello: a layer of a yellow jello sandwiched in between two layers of a creamy-looking jello. We decided to try it.
After trying it, we decided it was flavored like piña colada, and my co-worker Andrew wanted to bring one back for his wife, so I flagged a waitress down and attempted to ask what it was in Cantonese.
Translated from Cantonese:
I admit, I'd be slightly offended if this happened to me in a Western restaurant but being able to understand the language made this conversation very amusing.
Then last night, on a whim, I decided to make chana masala, an Indian dish with garbanzo beans and a ton of spices that I very much enjoy. You can find recipes all over the Internet, but the recipe I used was this one. Unfortunately, I didn't have and couldn't find on the drop of a dime, any cumin seeds, but it turned out pretty good!
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