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Lobster with Cheese Yee Mein~
Fresh Lobster~ I love seafood!Another comfort food receipt, I really want seafood tonight, but the fresh fish didn’t look very good so I decided to go for Boston Lobster. The meat is very tender and sweet. The only hard part is chopping the lobster, but I have a wonderful husband take care of that~ Enjoy!IngredientsBoston Lobster - 1 pcs
Onion - 1/2 pcs
Garlic - 1 tbsp (table spoon)
Butter - 1/2 pcs
Sugar - 2 tsp (tea spoon)
Corn starch - 2 tsp
Chicken soup - 1 can
Yee Mein - 1 Disc
Kraft Velveeta Cheese - 1/3 block of the 16oz size (This cheese has the flavor but it’s not the best ingredient I could find, I will recommend replace other cheese with that.)
#1 - Wash the lobster and use chopstick poke the bottom bally and release the pee pee (It takes out the acidic taste from the lobster.)
#2 - Chop the lobster into pcs. (Take the head off first then chop it in half, chop the body in to 6-8 pcs depends on the size of the lobster.)
#3 - Sprinkle 2 tsp corn starch on the lobster, then raise it in the “HOT” oil for 2 min, separate the oil and set the lobster aside.
#4 - Pre-heat the wok in HIGH heat for 2 min, melts the butter and add the garlic and onion.
#5 - Then, add the cheese, sugar and chicken soup to to wok. Wait until the cheese melt then put the lobster in for 6 min.
#6 - Boiled a pot of hot water, and dump the Yee Mein noodle to cook for 2 min. Once the noodle ready, take the noodle out from the boiled hot water. Next, mix it with the cheese and lobster sauce, cook for 1 more min.
#7 - Ready to serve

Lobster with Cheese Yee Mein~

Fresh Lobster~ I love seafood!

Another comfort food receipt, I really want seafood tonight, but the fresh fish didn’t look very good so I decided to go for Boston Lobster. The meat is very tender and sweet. The only hard part is chopping the lobster, but I have a wonderful husband take care of that~ Enjoy!

Ingredients
Boston Lobster - 1 pcs

Onion - 1/2 pcs

Garlic - 1 tbsp (table spoon)

Butter - 1/2 pcs

Sugar - 2 tsp (tea spoon)

Corn starch - 2 tsp

Chicken soup - 1 can

Yee Mein - 1 Disc

Kraft Velveeta Cheese - 1/3 block of the 16oz size (This cheese has the flavor but it’s not the best ingredient I could find, I will recommend replace other cheese with that.)

#1 - Wash the lobster and use chopstick poke the bottom bally and release the pee pee (It takes out the acidic taste from the lobster.)

#2 - Chop the lobster into pcs. (Take the head off first then chop it in half, chop the body in to 6-8 pcs depends on the size of the lobster.)

#3 - Sprinkle 2 tsp corn starch on the lobster, then raise it in the “HOT” oil for 2 min, separate the oil and set the lobster aside.

#4 - Pre-heat the wok in HIGH heat for 2 min, melts the butter and add the garlic and onion.

#5 - Then, add the cheese, sugar and chicken soup to to wok. Wait until the cheese melt then put the lobster in for 6 min.

#6 - Boiled a pot of hot water, and dump the Yee Mein noodle to cook for 2 min. Once the noodle ready, take the noodle out from the boiled hot water. Next, mix it with the cheese and lobster sauce, cook for 1 more min.

#7 - Ready to serve

Food journal #11 - Kalesa Restaurant (Filipino food)

After the gourmet food truck experience, I am curious about Filipino food. This restaurant was used to be a Thai town restaurant, and they changed ownership and switch into Kalesa. I was trying to go to my favorite dumpling restaurant that day, but it was closed, so we drove around and convince my husband to try something “NEW”. We look at the to-go menu, and decided to dine in. After flipping the menu couple times and both of us don’t have any clue to order. I decided to have the appetizer crispy tofu fries and fresh Buko juice (Coconut), also with Pork ribs Adobo. My husband order the Pancit Malabon and garlic rice. The crispy tofu is great, the shape is like a french fried, very crispy with nice texture and light on salt. Great dish and easy to chew. Then, we have the pork rib adobo and pancit malabon. The pork rib has a lot of soy sauce flavor and comes with fried potato. It was huge in portion, but too salty. The pancit malabon was really amazing, it looks beautiful, with lots of different seafood, special noodles and the hard boiled egg, very tasty. It has a nice touch with deep fried pork and dried shrimp. The garlic rice didn’t have too much flavor. And, the Buko juice was a nice dessert and refreshing drink, you can use the spoon to scoop out the tender coconut meat. I think this is a nice experience for different ethic food, definitely will try other menu items next time. (4.0 Stars) 

Address: 1783 N. Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035

Phone: (408)957-7777

Food journal #10 - Chef Salad from awesome VMware cafeteria 

I am not the typical Asian, I don’t bring food to work, so I only rely on the food from the surrounded area and the local restaurants. This chef salad is one of the best lunch treat for me, it’s healthy, cheap and with lots of ingredients. It comes with Romaine lettuce, chicken breast, roasted turkey, ham, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, tomato, hard boiled egg and ranch dressing. It’s from VMware cafeteria, the price tag is only $6.00. Where can you find a deal like this? The color is beautiful, the ranch dressing is perfect, and the best thing is the hard boiled egg. OMG, I think this is my favorite lunch item! (4.95 Stars)  

Food journal #9 - Union City Food Truck Mafia (Gourmet food trucks)

10 Gourmet Food trucks roaming to Union City every Thursday night from 5pm-9pm at Walmart parking lots until the end of October 2011. If you never have the food trucks experience, this will be a good start. It is because the crowd is not as crazy as “Off the Grid San Francisco”. There were plenty of parking spots and chairs available, also DJ playing Hip Hop music while you enjoying your gourmet food. The atmosphere were great, I totally enjoy the outdoor eating experience. The price is reasonable and the food is above average. I highly recommend to try out some of the special items at the events. Me and my husband try 6 out of the 10 food trucks.

BBQ Kalbi - We try the BBQ Spicy Pork Taco $2.50ea, good house made sauces. Must try their special sauces on the side table. (4.7 stars)  

Five Ten Burger - N/A  

Grill Stars - Beef and cheddar sandwiches $9.00ea, it comes with a side of thick fried potato chips. The sandwiches was nice and juicy except there were fat at the beef brisket (I personally don’t eat beef, this comment is from my husband.) (4 stars)

House of Siam on Wheels - N/A

MoBowl - MoBowl Wings $4.00. The wings are lightly fired and topped with sweet and spicy sauce, the wing is bland, the sauce is not sticking out. (4 stars)

MoGoBBQ - Pork Taco $2.00ea. I will choose BBQ Kalbi over this because the meat flavor is lightly sweet Korean marinade, personally I think that is too light for my taste. It comes with a slice of lemon to enhance the flavor. (3.7 stars)

That’s Sweet! Dessert Truck - The longest line for all the trucks, and most of the items sold out, this is definitely a popular vendor. Chocolate Vanilla cupcakes $4.00, Kiwi Swiss cupcakes $4.00 and Southern peach pie $6.00 to go, I will post the rating tomorrow, still in the refrigerator. 

Twisted Chill - $4.00 yogurt per cup, unlimited toppings. Really good deal. (4.5 stars) 

Whole Bowl - N/A

Yumsilog - $6.00ea great food and reasonable price, I tried the Sisig Silog a traditional Filipino breakfast, the garlic rice and the fried egg, great combination. (4.7 stars)

The whole experience was pretty good, the food is above average but not Best of the best. Do not put too much expectation!

Bruno Mars - Lighters 

Food journal #8 - Kalbi Korean BBQ TACO (Gourmet food truck)

It’s Friday, Friday… I went to lunch with my buddy at work, when we decided what to eat that day, we passed by Kalbi Korean BBQ food truck, this bright color food truck and long waiting line catch my eyes, so I decided to make a turn and try out this gourmet food truck and see what the dealio? haha~ It was parked at AOL parking lot at 397 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA. I am reading the menu, Korean/Mexican fusion food. It’s the new thing I never heard of. The idea is pretty cool! Korean BBQ wrap with Taco or Burrito, very interesting idea. I ordered the BBQ pork with rice. You can see from my photos, the BBQ pork looks yummy and it comes with asian salad mix with sesame on it, taste great too! The side table is fill with different sauce, there were Spicy Mayo, Sweet Spicy Mango, Sweet Leechi(Lychee), Sweet Wasabi, Hot Pepper Paste and SRIRACHA. Fresh cucumber and Kimchi at the side. I tried Sweet Leechi and Sweet Spicy Mango with my order. I like the Sweet Leechi sauce better than the Spicy Mango sauce, the mango sauce has a gentle mild kick. The portion is right, I didn’t waste any drop of my food and didn’t have a food coma after lunch. The only complain is the price, most of the item is around USD $7.50 to USD $8.50, if they can offer some online coupon discount, I think it would attract more customer to try their gourmet BBQ. Also, they only work from Thursday to Saturday, it’s not very accessible during the week.  (4.7 Stars)

Address: http://bbqkalbi.com/ , http://twitter.com/#!/bbqkalbi

(Find out their serving locations and menu from their website or Twitter account)

 

Food journal #7 - Phil’s BBQ

I went to Comic Con 2011 at San Diego this week. Before we go, I saw Phil’s BBQ on Food channel and I really want to try it. We went to the restaurant on a Wednesday night. it’s located next to the Sport Arena and inside is nicely decorate and very easy to find a seat.

I order BBQ baby back ribs for myself and my husband have the Beefy Rib & Chicken Dinner ( 2 Beef Rib and 1/4 Chicken BBQ’d), and we also order a side of corn on the cob and fried. The baby back ribs are very tender and juicy, and the sauce is very sweet and the meat is full with the BBQ sauce favor. 

I think it done well on the BBQ meat, but both of the side is very disappointed. The fries is not hot and crispy. The corn on the cob is using the grainy corn, and it’s very chewy, and the potato salad on my husband’s combo is not season, very bland. I would go back for the baby back ribs but I am not recommend to order the extra side. It’s not worth the money. (3 Stars)

Address: 3750 Sport Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92078

Phone: 619-226-6333

Dinner tonight… DIY Japanese style cooking =)

1) Tempura broccoli and mushroom

2) Lobster and Salmon sashimi

Yummy!~

Food journal #6 - TLT BBQ (Meat Lover Paradise)

This store is for the meat lover, the chinese style meat kebab/meat skewer. The price is very reasonable, they also served beer. I recommend go there with more people. I was surprise with the eggplant kebab, a lot of people don’t like eggplant soft and mushy texture, but this store is totally different. You can see from the picture, it’s firm with a lot of favor. Highly recommend!

BBQ takes time to make so be sure you don’t have plan after dinner. It will take at least 15min before your first order arrive. The store is locate at the quiet corner of the strip mall, so be careful at night. Get their early, around 6:30pm then you don’t need to wait too long.

We did order the mix chow mein, which is chow fun noodle with chicken and sausage. A good item to fill up your stomach. Lamb kebab, chicken wing kebab, and beef kebab are the must try item. 

But don’t order the “A” vegetable kabeb, the texture like a wet paper towel dry up with burn edge.  (4.7 stars)

Address: 39257 Cedar Blvd., Newark, CA 94560

Phone: 510-494-1008

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