I woke up this morning to the sound of something being slammed against a hard surface. Thwack! Thwack! I opened the bedroom door and found Dyson 2000 hard at work, working one-handed on some dough. I guess we'd be having some homemade bread for breakfast!
We were told that as it was kinda late, they only had 1 bowl of beef noodle left. The owner recommended that we share 2 large bowls of noodles plus a bowl of soup. That sounded OK to us...
Our next stop was Ximending (西門町), since it was on the way back to my place. In fact I live just across the river from here. Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken (繼光香香雞) was a convenient place to stop and grab some popcorn chicken. Deep-fried meat that you poke with a sharp stick, dunked in some spices. Mmm mmm good.
Since we're only a few steps away - accessible through a small back alley - there was no reason not to stop at Ay-Chung Rice Flour Noodle (阿宗麵線). This is one of the most famous street food stalls in all of Taipei, and I think the ladies were impressed. After grabbing some bubble tea, we headed back home to finish the lessons.
Dinner time, and we all got the enjoy the fruits of the ladies' labors. No doubt mom did the bulk of the heavy lifting, but J and Dyson 2000 both spent a lot of time sharpening their knife skills (pun intended). We all sat down in my dining room, and used the space (and furniture) for the first proper meal since I moved in.
a while ago, and our lunar new year celebrations are never without this essential dish. Tonight my guests got a glimpse of just how much effort was needed to come up with a dish that, all too often, could be easily dismissed as just another vegetarian starter. Try cutting up 10 different ingredients into thin shreds, stir-frying them separately, cooling down each ingredient so that they retain a crunchy texture, and gently mixing them together so that the texture of each bite is reasonably uniform. No small feat.
A pretty fulfilling day, I think...