Show Me Those (Dim Sum) Buns

And another fun adventure in Trader Joe’s. I’m a kid in a candy store there. Two Fearless Flyers ago there was mention of some goodies that made you feel like you were having Dim Sum. Had to go find those. Well, come to find out I grabbed the wrong thing (after reading the flyer again when I got home). The flyer item was Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings. But, these are one of my favorite items at Dim Sum — Cha Siu Boa, a Chinese Style Pork Bun.

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You just pop these things in the microwave for about 45 seconds, let them cool and they’re ready to enjoy. I learned that you really do need to let them cool — yikes! The bread part is so soft, and the pork just has a nice sweetness. They also come on that paper that makes you feel like you’re at a restaurant, truly enjoying dim sum. Simple pleasures.

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Refreshing Cucumber Salad

Summer is finally here (temperature-wise) which means quick, refreshing salads are what the menu calls for.  Found a great one in a recent edition of Cooking Light that was super simple and delicious!

It was Cucumber, (Black) Olive and Mint Salad.  I put Black in parentheses because the recipe calls for Greek olives which are a totally different taste from black olives!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced English cucumber (I just used a regular cuke)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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The prep is real tough.  Slice the cuke.

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Then combine cucumber, olives, mint, lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper.

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It tasted even better after it sat for a bit.  It was served with pork tenderloin and quinoa.  Would also be very nice for brunch paired with smoked salmon/lox.

Japan #3: Korean BBQ

As we progressed through Japan we had to expand our cuisine beyond just local fare.  One night we opted to go for Korean BBQ.  My uncle asked his colleagues for recommendations and they gave him ‘the best place to go.’  So, off we went.  It was of course one of those hard-to-find, hole-in-wall restaurants – perfect!

So at the Korean BBQ, you have a grill in front of you, order raw food and grill to your liking.  So much fun.  We ordered basic food that we were used to — chicken, shrimp, pork, veggies, versus some options on the menu that we were either unfamiliar with or had heard of but didn’t want to take the risk of eating, especially on vacation.

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The marinade and seasoning on the meat were delicious and the mushrooms were just – WOW!  It was a meal that you take slowly and you can just kick back and relax.

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