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Last night, I checked out a drum festival at our local community college.

Sign

Of all the instruments, drums are one of my favorite. Not only can you hear the sound but oftentimes feel it too.

Eisa Performers

These performers were getting ready to go on stage.

Taiko Drummers

In addition to the Eisa performers, Taiko performers took the stage as well.

Taiko Drummers

Here’s a better shot.

The plan was to pick-up dinner at the festival (see link above), but the food was in the cafeteria. It was so crowded, the people were packed liked sardines with no end in sight. I couldn’t even take pictures of the food. Sigh.

The alternative was here.

Meow

One of my favorite. First time for dinner though. Ordered the two dish teishoku dinner.

Hamburger Steak and Tonkatsu Teishoku

All of this food for one price, what a deal.

Hamburger Steak, Fried Egg, Demi-Glace Sauce

Tonkatsu, House Made Sauce

The hamburger is Japanese style, very fine ground, which is okay by me. If the whole dish was thrown on a big bowl of rice … loco moco! The tonkatsu was tender and juicy.

Fried Egg, Demi-Glace Sauce on Rice

You know I had to do this. Didn’t do a good job transferring the egg over to the rice, a little messy, tasted good anyway.

I missed out eating from a paper plate and some of the performances. That’s okay, the dinner more than made up for it. Food or drums, hmm, let me think about that. ;-)

On a related unrelated note, just picked up my new pair of eyeglasses.

New Eyeglasses

I think it makes me look like an anime character or something. :-)

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Oh Happy Day

At first I was like

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And then this happened

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Because

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Let the eating begin!

Enjoy (you know I will)!

The Mouse

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I found two packages of chicken bones at the market the other day.

Chicken Bones

I would have preferred chicken feet, but the market was out of them. Sometimes I don’t find the ingredient, the ingredient finds me. I think these were thigh bones.

Very simple, chicken bones, water, ginger, Shao Xing wine. Simmer until fragrant.

Chicken Stock

I was going to just toss the bones but being Chinese, I took off the meat and stored the meat with a little bit of the stock in the freezer. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and some frozen vegetables and “voila” chicken ala king.

Chicken Meat with Stock

In its first incarnation, I used some of the stock to simmer turnip greens from the previous post.

Turnip Greens in Chicken Stock

On a somewhat related note, I got a new kitchen toy.

Soup Skimmer

It’s made to skim the scum off of soups. Works like a charm. It also cleans off the fat pretty good too.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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I always thought food tasted better from real utensils than the disposable take-out variety (I hope that doesn’t make me a food snob).

One of my pet peeves is when the disposable chopsticks doesn’t separate cleanly and the sticks are uneven or worse, I end up with one short stick and one long stick. Another pet peeve is when the edge on a plastic utensil has extra plastic that cuts the inside of my mouth when I eat. :-(

For a while now, we bring our own non-disposable chopsticks and forks to restaurants that we know use disposable utensils. As  rule, I carry a spork in my backpack, just in case.

 

My Spork

 

I didn’t want have to carry a set of utensils (fork knife, and spoon). The spork is a good compromise. We’ve even brought our own Pyrex containers to carry home our take-out orders from some restaurants.

I recently learned about the “my hashi” movement where people are encouraged to use their own non-disposable chopsticks. Hashi is Japanese for chopsticks. The goal is to help the environment by reducing the use of disposable chopsticks. Now we have a reason to bring our own utensils without people looking at us strangely.

Here’s some statistics to consider: http://shanghaiist.com/2010/08/17/disturbing_statistics_about_disposa.php

The statistic about unhygienic conditions is scary. Where else is this a problem? I’m sure the problem is not only in China but other places as well.

We found these chopsticks at our Japanese warehouse membership store they were under two dollars each. We don’t really have to worry too much about them if they get lost.

 

The Mouse's Traveling Chopsticks

 

 

The Cat's Traveling Chopsticks

 

My chopsticks are stainless steel. The Cat’s chopsticks are six-sided to prevent them from rolling.

Who knows, maybe the “butterfly effect” really can work.

Getting off of the soap box now.

By the way, Have a happy and safe Halloween.

The Mouse

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Japanese Green Tea

The last time we were in Shanghai, our friend D re-gifted us a Japanese tea caddy with green tea. Someone gave it to her and she thought we would like the caddy (I posted a picture previously, see 08-July-2010).

Japanese Tea Caddy

What’s interesting about this caddy, the design changes slightly as the caddy is turned.

Japanese Tea Caddy, Alternate View

So, getting to the tea. We don’t know specifically what kind of tea this is except “Japanese green tea.” There’s no indication on the package.

Tea Package

The texture of the tea leaves are very thin and fine.

Tea Leaves

Because the leaves were so thin, I used more than usual.

Japanese Green Tea

The taste was very “grassy” and bright. There was also a bit of nori aftertaste, in a good way. The also smelled like grass, very fresh. I think the tea would go very well with sushi and poke. I’m not too sure about this tea and sashimi.

Too bad we don’t know the variety of the tea.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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