LA Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs + Fried Rice

Mister Bossam is a Korean restaurant known for their LA Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs. I’ve been wanting to try this for some time now, but I heard that the portion is big. So, this past weekend, I went with my sister and four other friends to try it out. There are two locations – one in Korea Town in Downtown Los Angeles, and the other in Rowland Heights, CA. We decided to go to the Rowland Heights location because Downtown LA is too crowded, and we might have to pay for parking.

They’re missing an ‘e’ in cheese…

 

We arrived around 1 pm on a Sunday, and surprisingly it wasn’t too busy. There was only 1-2 other party seated on the other side of the restaurant. This location is in the ‘Yes Plaza’ in Rowland Heights, and usually you have to spend some time looking for parking. Since it was Labor Day weekend, the plaza wasn’t pack and it was easy getting a parking spot.

After being seated, we asked the servers what the serving size is for the Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs, and they said it serves two people. Since there was six of us, we did two orders of the Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs (mild), and a Seafood and Green Onion Pancake. Continue reading “LA Grilled Cheese Pork Ribs + Fried Rice”

Quick & Easy Dumpling Soup

I decided to make a very quick and easy dumpling soup to bring to work for breakfast. I’ve been eating donuts and bananas for breakfast all week, and I’m tired of it. I didn’t grow up with eating fruits, cereal, yogurt etc. in the mornings. Instead, I ate rice porridge (Congee), Asian-style noodle soup, rice and fried eggs, or dim sum for breakfast. I made this for breakfast, but you can also make it for lunch. This literally took less than 5 minutes to make, and all you need is 5 ingredients. But if you have more time, you can always throw in some veggies to make it healthier.

Note: To make a larger portion, simply double the amount of ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of water
3-4 pieces of frozen dumplings/gyoza/pot stickers
1/2 tsp of chicken stock powder
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame

In a small pot bring the water to a boil. Once boiled, add in the dumplings and cook it according to the instruction on the package – mine states 2-3 minutes. After 2 minutes, turn off the heat and add in the chicken stock powder, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Gently stir it a bit, and try not to break the dumplings. Carefully ladle the soup into a bowl (to not break the dumplings), and you’re done (This is optional, but you can add-in some chopped scallions/long green onion).

Since I was making this to bring to work, I like to cook it less than the instructed cooking time because the remainder of the heat will slowly continue to cook the dumplings. I then carefully transfer the soup into a wide leak-proof thermos to keep the soup hot until I get to work.

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– Cindy

6 am Cooking: Stir-fry green beans

Another day of work, another 6 a.m. cooking. Well, on this day it was actually 6:15 a.m., because I woke up late. I decided to make some quick Asian-style stir-fry green beans for lunch. It’s a very simple dish that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. This version is very light on the seasoning because I didn’t want the dish to come off with a strong smell when heating it up at work. When bringing food to the office, I try to be courteous since there are people who are sensitive to smell. This took about 30 minutes to make. I’m sure it would take a lot less time, but I’m pretty slow at cooking.

First things first, cook rice! The worse thing that can happen is to finish cooking, and you realized that you forgot to make rice (I’ve done it before).

Ingredients:

1 cup of long green beans – cut roughly 1 inch
3 gloves of garlic – minced
1 long green onion/spring onion – chopped
1 tbs light soy sauce
1/2 tbs oyster sauce
1/2 tbs sugar (to balance out the saltiness from the soy sauce & oyster sauce)
1 tbs of sesame oil Continue reading “6 am Cooking: Stir-fry green beans”

Fresh Vegetables & Herbs – A Glimpse of my Parents’ Garden

A few weeks ago, I wrote a brief post about my parents’ garden (check it out here). I didn’t take many photos then because I was a chicken, and ran away when I spotted a bumble bee. On this day, I woke up around 8 am on a Saturday morning, let the dog out, and took more photos of my parents’ garden.

These cucumbers are so good, and I was very happy my mom had a few left for my sister and I to take back to our apartment. Before coming home to visit my parents, my mom told me that some of her relatives were asking for some of her veggies, and I was worried there wouldn’t be any left for my sister and I.

Next to the cucumbers are the long green beans. My favorite Chinese dish is Sichuan stir-fry green beans, so I’m looking forward to making that this week for lunch/dinner. Of course, right when I took these photos (of the cucumbers and green beans) a few bumble bees flew near my ear and landed on the flower. It took so much will-power to not scream, and wake up the neighbors.

Towards the back of their garden, they have a persimmon tree.

Of course, we have a lot of Thai basil.

They also grew some peppermints.

There’s also a Kaffir lime tree. As a child, I used to pick the lime leaves because it smells nice. As I grew older, I learned that the leaves are used in most Southeast Asian Cuisines.

Lemongrass, also used in many Southeast Asian cuisines.

Papaya tree.

In the front yard, we have a pomegranate tree. I think there was a plum tree next to it, and a banana tree too. I wasn’t sure because again, I saw a bee and maybe a spider – nope I’m not staying long (terrified of bees and spiders haha).

Before I left my parents house, mom packed some cucumbers and long green beans for my sister and I.

– Cindy

Japanese Hamburger Steak

This past weekend, I was craving hamburger steak, so I decided to go to a Japanese restaurant called Midoh Japanese Kitchen in Rowland Heights. When you hear ‘Japanese Restaurant,’ most people assume it’s sushi. This restaurant, however, doesn’t sell sushi – they have Hamburger Steak, Tonkatsu dishes, Curry, Udon, and many more. There was a long wait because they were short on staff, but in the meantime, it’s nice to watch some Hayao Miyazaki movies while you wait.

Their Hamburger Steak comes in the hot skillet during dinner time. I went to Midoh for lunch, so it’s served on a normal plate. The patty is made of pork and beef, and cooked well-done. It comes with rice, and some potato wedges, steamed carrots, and string beans on the side. You also get a small salad, and your choice of miso soup or corn soup. You also have four different sauces to choose from – Demi-glace, Onion, Teriyaki, and Ponzu. I went with the ponzu sauce. 

– Cindy

6 a.m. Cooking: Penne with vegetables in tomato sauce

Happy Monday! Today, I woke up at 6 a.m. to take the dog out and make lunch. This past weekend I went to 626 Night Market again, and ate a lot of (unhealthy) food. So to start off the work week, I decided to make some very quick and easy veggie pasta using tomato sauce and whatever vegetables I had in my fridge. I made this for my sister and I to bring to work, and my sister loves it! This meal is very light yet filling, so you wouldn’t have to worry too much about going into food coma after lunch. It took about 35 minutes to cook everything, and you can even make a large batch so you have lunch for the next day (I made enough for the next two days haha). I basically used whatever I had in my fridge.

Ingredients used:

1/2 bag of penne pasta
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 can Tomato sauce (15 oz)
1/2 onion (medium diced)
1 pack of shimeji mushrooms
1/2 cup of green beans
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano

  1. In a large pot, boil some water. Once the water boils, add some salt and dump the pasta into the pot (follow the cooking time on the pasta box/bag).
  2. When pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a separate pan, add in some oil, chopped garlic and onion, and stir-fry on medium heat. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Once all the ingredients softens, add in the tomato sauce. Stir occasionally until sauce is heated.
  5. After the sauce is heated, turn off the stove, add in the pasta and mix well.
  6. Optional: top it with some crushed red peppers and parsley flakes.

Yeah, I’m horrible at giving recipes. Most of my friends and family loves my cooking,  so I’m trying to make an effort at explaining it better for them by writing out my recipes on my blog. I hope I can improve, and remember to take more photos as I’m cooking.

– Cindy

Diving into the world of film photography

During my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to be a student assistant in my professor’s film class. I learned a lot about film photography, especially developing black and white film in the dark room. Being a student assistant in that class, gave me a new perspective in photography. When enrolled in the class, students were able to borrow a film camera for the entire quarter. This class really got me into film photography, but I never really went through with buying a film camera of my own. Two-years later, I finally bought my first film camera. When taking photos, I usually use my iPhone 7, and sometimes my Canon T5i (when traveling). Starting film is a bit nerve-wrecking because I won’t really know how my photos will turn out until it’s developed. But as a beginner, I’m not that afraid of making a mistake because every mistake I make is a lesson. I can’t wait start shooting, and learning more about film.

Canon AE-1

Monday Motivation – Bread

Over the weekend, I made the mistake of looking over some work related stuff. I started feeling a little stressed, and decided to watch a movie (Your Name) to get my mind off of it. This morning, my sister wanted to get some bread before we head off to work. We stopped at Paris Baguette, and I picked up some mini croissants, chocolate filled croissants, and a bread where it may or may not have any filling in it (no label).

Monday mornings is the hardest day of the week. You just had a relaxing weekend – sleeping in, or spending time with family and friends. But, by treating yourself to something at the beginning of the work week, you’ll feel a bit more positive and motivated. Whether it’s a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, or a favorite pastry, get something that will spark a bit of joy and happiness.

– Cindy