Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
- James Beard -
I’m an ABC, American-born Chinese. I grew up on the standard fare from pork chops to spaghetti to meatloaf. Once in a while, my mum made Pai Gwut Fan, spareribs in a black bean sauce.
Because I’m so Americanized, usually at banquets or luncheons I skip the Chow Fan, fried rice. I have always viewed that as a touristy dish.
However over winter break, my seven-year-old inspired me to make it because there was shrimp in the recipe, a shellfish she loves to gobble up. Oh boy did my snobby attitude toward fried rice change! Can I tell you homemade is so much betta?
Nonchalance of throwing the pancetta recipe together + the sauce of the shrimp recipe = add pancetta and grated carrots to the shrimp recipe.
The amount of each sauce ingredient doesn’t seem like much, but let me tell you, it goes a long way by covering and flavoring everything.
During a visit to the south bay one weekend, the 10-year-old slurped up her Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup. She let her sister and me try it as well. We were impressed at how good it was so I searched Pinterest and found Hip2Save’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Copycat Panera Recipe). W-i-n-n-e-r. I buy Trader Giotto’s Garlic and Cheddar Bread Sticks for us to dip.
What recipe(s) has been revisiting your table lately?