I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We had a meeting for K’s playschool last week and she got to meet some of her classmates, teacher, and see her classroom for the first time. Parents were allowed to bring their kids and drop them off in the classroom with the teacher while we went to our meeting. We thought it was going to be a difficult time dropping her off cause she would be attached to us and wouldn’t let us leave. Well, total opposite guys! She was so impressed with all the toys that when we told her we’d be back soon, her reply was, “Okay, see you soon.” Neither of us were expecting that response. Where’s my daughter and what did you do with her? Anyways, 2 hours later the meeting was over and when we went to take K home, she didn’t want to leave. Long story short, it was 9 pm, we were the last ones there, and Dad had to carry a shoeless, screaming Cinderella (who refused to say bye to the teacher) out of her classroom. Oh the perks of parenthood (forcing a smile). Let’s talk about something more joyful shall we? FOOD!
Visited Pagolac in Chinatown again this weekend. I usually order the “pho tai” (rare beef and noodle soup) with spicy soup, but today I felt like having their weekend special, “bun rieu“. Pagolac’s version is a tomato based soup with shrimp, (faux) crab meat and ground pork with vermicelli. When I make bun rieu at home, I put in a lot more seafood. If you dislike tomatoes, I highly suggest you steer clear of this dish.
Topped with some bean sprouts, Thai Basil and hot sauce.
Gary, AKA The Hungry Hubby, ordered a large “bun bo hue” (spicy rice noodle soup with well done sliced beef).
It comes with the thicker noodles, which I’m not too fond of.
I can usually finish my dish, but for some reason I couldn’t finish this time. There was nothing wrong with it either. It was totally unexpected, and as much as I hated it, I had to stop and obey what my body was telling me. Do you always try to finish everything?
Here’s something else I didn’t expect, The Hungry Hubby finished his large bowl, my leftovers and the children’s leftovers. Now you know why he calls himself The Hungry Hubby.
After all that, a long stroll was much needed. We went and got K her very first back pack! I think I’m more excited for her than she is. I’m loving those double-decker carts the malls now have (and so are the kids).
Also had dinner at my parents’ house again so I’d like to share this quick and easy beef salad dish with you. Sorry for the horrible phone pictures; I forgot my camera that day.
Makes two plates, feeds 4 to 6 people.
- 1/2 an iceberg lettuce
- 2 tomatoes (sliced)
- 1 white onion (shredded)
- 1/2 lb beef (sliced)
- 1 Tbsp garlic (chopped)
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil
Before you do anything, you’ll want to marinade your sliced beef for about half an hour.
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
Start layering your plate with lettuce on the bottom, then the sliced tomatoes, then the sliced onions. Repeat this again with another layer exactly the same.
You can’t really tell by the next picture, but there are actually two layers of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.
Before you start cooking your beef, you’ll want to prepare your dipping sauce.
- juice of 1 whole lime
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
Next, heat up a wok with some cooking oil. Dump in the garlic and cook until they’re just starting to turn brown. Dump in your sliced beef and toss around until you achieve the doneness that you like.
Scoop up the beef and place on top of your salad.
Try to get a piece of everything and dip it into the sauce.
My Dad contaminated the sauce with a piece of something oily (I forget what) that he dipped in there so that’s why there’s a rim of oil; I was not impressed.
You can easily substitute the beef with chicken, shrimp, pork, or even fish fillets. This can be enjoyed as an appetizer or eaten with rice.
Here’s something else I wasn’t expecting from K:
Don’t ask. Just keep swimming……just keep swimming (anyone remember what that’s from?). Thank you for reading about my crazy life again. Untill next time friends and family :-D.