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Meatless Monday meal with some dried bean curd and garlic long beans, a head of lettuce with oyster sauce and some vinegar peanuts. Simple.

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Worked from home today which allowed me to make one of the boys’ favorite dish – Hong Kong style baked porkchops for dinner. I’ve made these before, this time just a little bit more so they can have some for lunch the next day.IMG_8430IMG_8431IMG_8432IMG_8436

Dinner is served.IMG_8440

Hooray for the simple, yet delicious meatless Monday meal! Yippie for the tofu and the vegetarian egg rolls. Kudos to all the veggie sides!FullSizeRender 18

Thank goodness for instapot for making dinner tonight. Bought these ribs a couple of days ago but couldn’t find the time to put it on dinner table. Finally today I’m tossing it right into the Instapot. In 20 minutes, slather some BBQ sauce, voila, these fall-off-the-bone ribs turn out to be finger licking good.  Dinner can be this simple.FullSizeRender (3)

Is summer finally here or we are just experiencing a temporary heat wave in the bay area? So today for dinner, we having a cold dish! Bought the dried shaved noodles (刀削麵) for the first time to go with my homemade Japanese soft boiled eggs (aka ajitsuke tamago). I made the eggs a couple of days (using my lovely instapot!). So putting this all together tonight didn’t take too much time. Since my boys aren’t big fans of boiled eggs, I added zucchini and enoki mushrooms. And yes, they ate the eggs!

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To make the egg, this is the marinade I use:

Egg – Instapot (steam for 4 mins, low pressure). Cold water bath afterwards.

Marinade:

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine vinegar

-1 teaspoon shaoxing wine

-1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sugar

-1/2 cup of water

Once remove the eggshells, soak the eggs in the mariande (I left it overnight).

Been cranking some OT hours at work; therefore, not going to do much cooking tonight. Instead whip out the griddle to make some Goi Cuon Thit Heo Nuong (“rice paper with grilled meat”). This is a popular Vietnamese cold rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper with grilled pork, fresh herbs like basil and mint, julienne cucumber and some greens). Pork belly is not the best kind of meat to use for these rolls, especially sliced so thinly. That’s what happens when you have Mr. Piggy do the grocery shopping. I asked him to get some sliced pork and he returned with these pork belly (thinly sliced). Oh well, can’t be too picky. IMG_8023

I sauteed some onions on the side to add some flavor. My cousin gave me some home grown organic herbs. My co-worker also gave me a whole bunch of fresh mints from her backyard. With the two kinds of fresh herbs, these rolls were just pure divine. IMG_8022

A simple yet delicious dinner. The best part – no cooking involved!IMG_8017

Scarfed down this meatless Monday meal so that we can cheer for Game 5 of the NBA finals! Boys tried okra for the very first time and of course not a big fan, oh well, maybe try roasting it next time? Dai Bee loved the enoki mushrooms with the garlic onion sauce. Ah Lo tried it but avoided another bunch. Can’t get that guy to like any kind of mushrooms. Ugh…IMG_8007

Super excited to see the Warriors take the trophy! Go #Warriors!

Made quiche for the very first time for our meatless Monday tonight, from scratch. This is a mushroom asparagus quiche. Wasn’t sure how the boys like it, especially Ah Lo since he’s not a fan of mushrooms. Not like he had the choice, he ate everything. Dai Bee gave me a thumbs up and ate as much as he could. IMG_7872

I didn’t have enough time to pre-bake the crust, so it came up a bit soggy. I never tried quiche before, so I am not sure if I have the right texture. Taste wise, I thought it was good. During dinner, we searched up what the word ‘quiche’ means and where this dish originated. I love how my boys are still curious about everything.IMG_7877

Enjoying our lovely flavorful meal tonight – steamed fresh fish, thai basil chicken and string beans with tofu. Making meals with so much flavor, I tend to make extra rice. Sure enough 2 big bowls of rice each!

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Feeling a bit lazy today, so didn’t try anything fancy for our meatless Monday meal. It’s the whatever-I-can-find-in-the-fridge kinda meal.IMG_7735

After dinner, even got to enjoy some down time with the boys. We played some Mancala and I totally crushed them when we played Monopoly! Wakakaka…

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