Archive for January, 2011

Jan 31

Eve of the Passing Year Dinner with the Family at Asian Pearl Peninsula

We had our “Eve of the Passing Year” Dinner over the weekend. This traditional dinner is normally on Chinese New Year’s Eve, a day where families gather for their annual reunion dinner. Instead of cooking, we decided to have dinner at Asian Pearl Peninsula. Luckily we made reservations a few weeks ago, cause the place was packed with big family dinners! Looks like a lot of families decided to eat out! The other tradition mom tells us is that there needs to be an even number of dishes, so we ordered 6 dishes.  I just noticed that I was so busy eating that I forgot to take a photo of the Shrimp with Cashews, which was also a tasty dish!

We started with a delicious Cold Platter, with crunchy jellyfish, fatty roasted pork cheeks and roasted pork with crunchy pork skin!  We also got a Fish Stomach Soup, a Smooth Tofu and Shrimp over Eggs on a Sizzling Plate,  a Crab Sauce over Pea Shoots and Fried Oysters with Red Onions on a Sizzling Plate!  We always enjoy the food at this restaurant for dim sum and for dinners,  it’s not very expensive and it’s a great place for our family dinners!

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Jan 31

San Francisco Dine About Town at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Over the weekend we went to Ruth’s Chris Steak House to enjoy their San Francisco Dine About Town menu! I think it was our 3rd time coming here for this deal because it is always totally worth it! So, this year we had to return, I think everyone who was dining was there for the Dine About Town cause it was packed and busy throughout the evening. Even the hostess walking us to our table mentioned that they were extremely busy due to the deal! The deal starts at $34.95 and Ruth’s Chris Steak House actually offered 4 entree courses to select from. The Rib Eye, 16 oz., was offered at an additional $10.00, which made it $44.95, but it was still a great offer since the Rib Eye itself is normally $43.00 without the salad, side and dessert course!

So yes, both of us ordered the Rib Eye and also added the Potato Au Gratin!  So, we began the evening with the basic simple Mixed Salad. Then came the sizzling, marbled, juicy and perfectly medium rare Rib Eye, it was sooo delicious and words cannot express my first bite! I loved it!  We also had  our sides, the Mashed Potatoes with a hint of garlic, the cheesy Potato Au Gratin and the Creamed Spinach! The sides were good, not superb, but good. To end the meal, they served the Ruth’s Symphony, one dessert being light and sweet that reminded me of  condense milk with fruits and another being a rich chocolate mousse served in a dark chocolate cup.  We left full and completely happy!

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Jan 27

Brined Pork Chops with Gillham’s Free Range Eggs

I am sure that everyone has their own method to brine meat, even when you google it, there are so many options. This week, I decided to brine some pork chops, my method is simple! First step, get a tupperware that is big enough for the pork chops and liquid that will cover above the pork chops.   Put the pork chops in the tupperware and add cold water into the tupperware, enough water to cover above the pork chops. I then add sea salt, crushed peppercorns,  a dash of dried thyme, a dash of dried sage, a dash of dried rosemary, 2 bay leaves, slices of one lemon and a few pieces of crushed garlic!  I then close up the tupperware and leave it in the refrigerator overnight!

The next day, the pork chops were ready! We just used the frying method and our brined pork chops came out sooo good! All the ingredients I added into the water blended perfectly together, I loved the aromas! We also decided to fry ourselves some eggs too!  Who doesn’t like eggs over rice? We recently got some Gillham’s Free Range Eggs from Farm Fresh To You, and these eggs were really fresh and the golden yolks were delicious!

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