Spiced Apples, pork sausage, egg over rice

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Photo by Esther Lu Copyright 2016

Fried, spiced apples…it’s definitely something southern. I grew up in the south with it’s assortment of heavy foods, creative foods, heavenly foods. It’s hearty meals are what I remember most.

Some might ask, why do you eat white rice for break fast? Well, I actually learned of this style of breakfast from my friend Joanne who is Filipina. Her family on occasion will eat white rice as a breakfast staple with sunny side up, and sausage, which I have to say is the best thing ever! They say in the Philippines, white rice for breakfast is common place on certain islands.

Ingredients:

White Rice (Medium Grain)

1 Egg

Pork Sausage (or any kind of sausage) w/ sprinkled with paprika and salt

Fried Apples sprinkled with cinnamon

Cooking:

-Rice

I love making rice with a rice cooker because it’s so simple! For this, I poured a cup of rice in the cooker, and pour water until it covers the rice about one centimeter over.

-Sunny Side Up

Heat the pan with cooking oil, the oil should be about 1 tsp.

Once the pan is warm, crack the egg and cook it till you see the egg whites and yolk form together. Add salt if desired.

-Pork sausage

Cook the sausage on medium high heat for about 5-7min. You can add paprika and salt for tasting.

-Fried Apples

Chop 1 apple into small slices, so they cook quicker. Heat the pan with 2 tsp of cooking oil. When the pan is warm, add the apples in and fry for about 5-7 min. on low to medium heat. You want to make sure the apples don’t burn, but they’ll turn a golden color and if you add cinnamon, that’ll be all the better!


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Beef Noodle Soup

These are leftovers from a bakery called 360 Degree Bakery in Fremont, CA in the Warm Springs district. Sadly, the place has since closed because story goes the rent there has gone up double. Thank you, gentrification.

I’ll miss their bright colored macaroons. I remember I ate an earl grey macaroon , green tea, mocha with gold leaf painted on top… the store was sparsely decorated except for a bunch of random wedding trinkets in a see through glass shelf.

The original recipe from this bakery is simple but still delicious. Normally, Beef Noodle Soup comes in a large bowl, it was priced here at around 7 dollars. It had beef broth, tendons, pickled veggies and noodles. If you eat in store, the owner would even give you freshly made 冬瓜茶 (Winter Melon tea), a Taiwanese original favorite . For this leftover dish,  I added a touch up of chopped tomatoes, an egg,  and chives.

My favorite memory of this place is whenever my mom and I would drive back to Santa Cruz or be coming up to the East Bay, this would be our stop. Sometimes, when my mom came to visit me, she’d bring Beef Noodle Soup from the 360 Degree Bakery. I’m not sure what makes food taste good, is it the memory of compassion or just the taste? It’s probably both.

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An Ode to Coffee Shops

via How Coffee Masters Around the World Take Their Coffee | SAVEUR.

This article above about international coffee shops, reminded me of my coffee journeys, trying out the brews in different shops and breathing in the atmosphere of each coffee house space. I believe every coffee space provides a channel for conversation and a time to settle down instead of the perceived go-go-go personality of our current society.

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601 Vallejo Street is where this little coffeshop stands. It’s called Caffe Trieste. It’s in the little Italy (Northbeach district) of San Francisco. Photo by Esther Lu.
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Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz. Blue berry notes lingers in their latte. Chocolate Frosting Vegan donut. I’m never spending $5 on a donut ever again, but the latte was worth it. Photo by Esther Lu.

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Soba Seaweed Combo

Hmm. This is one of my favorite meals to make when I am at home…

Japanese Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) has the perfect consistency when tossed with Sesame oil.

The seaweed adds the perfect salty touch.

Soy sauce & Balsamic Vinegar go well together for Taiwanese style 荷包蛋 Sunny side up.

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Ingredients:

1 bundle of Japanese Soba

7 slices of seaweed

1-2 Tbsp Sesame Oil, depending on how oily you like your noodles! Sesame oil is fairly strong so beware.

1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar (Trader Joe’s variety works well.)

1 tsp Soy Sauce

1 Egg

Cooking:

Boil water. Once water is at boiling point, toss in 1 bundle of soba, make sure it is completely covered in water. 10-12 min cooking time for soba.

While noodles are cooking, slice seaweed into thin cut pieces.

Drain noodles, and put noodles into bowl.

Add Sesame oil to noodles and mix together.

Add seaweed slices on top of noodles.

Cook egg, sunny side up style. You can have some gooey yolk or make it more well done, what ever you prefer.

Add egg on noodles. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce to the egg.

Ja Beng! Taiwanese for “Time to Eat!”


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