Wednesday, April 29, 2009 ;
12:13 PM
15 Apr

Evening time, my parents arrived in Tianjin!
We quickly had dinner because Dh had to go for Bible study at another member's house. My dad was very tired so they didn't go and rested at home.

It's so nice to have a full table of people having dinner together, especially if they're your loved ones.

They were in time to try several new dishes ayi taught me. One of them is this brinjal/ eggplant stir-fried in miso. That explains the brown paste-like gravy.

And ds1 happened to bring home a "sculpture" as he called it.

As our house is getting more and more cluttered, I tend to take pics of the kids' works and then ask if I can throw the works away. So I did the same for this one. Didn't expect ds1 to have so much feeling for this particular piece, as he begged me not to throw it away. Ok, so we will keep it for a while then.

This is the other new thing ayi introduced to me. When I first saw it (she bought it for me), I thought it was plastic or a piece of cloth. But it is edible! And nutritious! It is dried beancurd flattened and rolled into sheets.

Ayi said this is a Dongbei favourite. Or rather, people there like to cook this very often. So we wash it and then place it in boiling water for a minute or so for it to soften, and also to further clean it.

Then we apply a layer of minced pork that has already been marinated to suit your tastebuds (I used garlic, onions, carrot, some green pepper, soy sauce, corn starch, sesame oil) as if you are making sushi and applying the rice.

Make the meat layer very smooth and flat then start rolling the beancurd sheet up, just like a sushi roll. Place it in steamer.

Steam until it is cooked. Again, ayi doesn't rely on timing. She just checked the thing in about 20min and pronounced it done. Then she sliced the roll. It's done~!

She had another beancurd sheet, so she showed me another way of cooking it. This is a stir-fry dish, no steaming involved. Cut the beancurd into strips. Fry with garlic an green pepper. That's it! I like this one better actually. Easier and very tasty, and eats like noodles.

My parents brought us a lot of goodies. Most of them are for the kids, but we benefit as well. I love having visitors from home. Remember, my home is always open for you to stay when you want to tour this area, but you need to jot down a long list of things to bring over for me too! :-)

I have a couple more lined up already. My in laws are next, then my sis' family. I will have a constant supply of 7D dried mangoes, Milo, 3-in-1 instant coffee sachets, Prima Taste packs etc etc. Yay!

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