Sometimes I like to get my blanket cape on and pretend I can fly. I fly all over the world, using my cats as elephants and my bathtub as the Bering Sea. If this counts as traveling, you could say I have been almost everywhere in the world. This past week I went to Asia, only this time I didn’t imagine I flew there. I ate as if I were in Asia!
My first trip to Asia was a homemade feast. This feast started with a country boys version of a wok..aka a frying pan, filled to the brim with cabbage, bean sprouts, ginger, onions, soy sauce, and a man made paste (not that kind) to thicken the mix.
Next step was to take this mix of cruciferous goodness and stuff it inside won ton wrappers like so..
These are not larva eggs, rather vegetarian friendly egg rolls. Bake at 375 until crispy.
Paired with coconut, cashew, pineapple rice and beets/butternut squash. Simple yet amazingly delicious. Bringing this meal together, or so we had hoped, were two ice creams from the Asian food section of the local health food market.
Do not attempt this hand grip of death at home. You will break your fingers, or split the skin between them. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Green tea flavor..not so much. Red beans flavor was OK.
As if this Asian inspired meal wasn’t enough, I decided to throw on the cape and travel to the foreign land once again. Thank goodness I wasn’t alone. I don’t doubt that I would end up living in the jungles of a Southeast Asian Rainforest, using my toenails as talons and my body hair as a blanket if I were alone. This time someone else did the cooking and it was surely a nice change of pace.
I have officially popped my Chang’s cherry and oh.my.goodness folks..I would live in this menu if I could. Naturally I couldn’t decide on just one thing so meal number one were the famous P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps..vegetarian style.
Tofu, water chestnuts, and some crunchy noodle thing that looks like old lady hair mixed with an amazing sauce and two limes to tie the flavors together. This was only the beginning. Next up was my entree..and the most amazing meal I have eaten from a restaurant in a long time.
A broccoli mote surrounding the most amazingly cooked tofu I have ever eaten. My hot date ordered an equally vegetarian meal, but not nearly as tasty (sorry love).
After many laughs and a few plates licked clean, we were ready for the most important meal of the day.
Six slices of banana cooked similarly to the egg rolls in the beginning of this post, with coconut ice cream, some random fruit, and caramel drizzles to finish the food art. This dessert will be recreated very soon. Thankfully I have a manfriend that enjoys cooking just as much as I do.
Q: Favorite style of food? Mexican or Italian..but Asian just made it’s way deeper into my heart.