Leftover Chinese Treat

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“Chinese Dinner” Cedar Park, 2022

For the second night in a row, I have enjoyed some leftovers that Mariko brought home from a friend’s party. The Chinese dishes are from Bamboo House Austin 竹苑 and are so good! I love the cumin beef… it’s similar to toothpick cumin lamb, but many people don’t like lamb, so this is a good option.

I also recommend the spicy fish (not pictured), which has a good amount of heat and Sichuan pepper for that mala flavor. It’s great if you like spicy food!

Feast at Asia Cafe

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“Chinese Feast” Austin, 2022

Here are a few photos from a farewell dinner we had at Asia Cafe. My favorite dish “Spicy Fish” is the last photo. We got a double-order! 😀

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“Chinese Dishes” Austin, 2022
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“Spicy Fish” Austin, 2022

Birthday Dinner

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“Ribs” Cedar Park, 2022

Tonight I made some Chinese-style seasoned ribs and Oyster-sauce greens for Mariko’s birthday. She didn’t have a specific request, but I offered to try a new dry rub recipe on a tried-and-true baby-back ribs cooking method, and she said that sounded good. The ribs turned out great!

At the same website where I found the ribs recipe, I found a recipe for the greens and they also turned out nicely:

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“Chinese Greens” Cedar Park, 2022

I hope Mariko enjoyed her birthday dinner!

Here are the recipes:

Lunar New Year Dinner

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“Chinese Dinner” Cedar Park, 2021

I braved the freezing weather to pick up a few dishes from Hunan Bistro, which is a Chinese restaurant we really like. Our favorite dish is Toothpick Lamb, but we also got mabo tofu, Sichuan eggplant, pork with tofu, and fried rice. For Lunar New Year, we usually travel down to San Antonio to celebrate at my cousin’s house, where she throws a huge party. But because of COVID-19, we’re spending a quiet dinner at home. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to travel to see more family… crossing fingers!

Anyways, here’s to a prosperous year of the Ox!

Hot Pot for a Cold Day

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“Hot Pot” Cedar Park, 2021

As the temperature outside starts to drop, it’s time to turn up the heat inside our stomachs! This hot pot was made using the Little Sheep brand hot pot mix, and included tofu, chicken, fish meatballs mushrooms, noodles, and greens. I ate so much and got so warm! We don’t have Chinese hot pot often, but I think we need to change that. 🌶🔥