The Mermaid Inn Happy Hour
My huge pot of soondubu jjigae (Korean soft tofu stew) with shrimp, clams, mussels, zucchini, onion, beef, and scallions.
I eat. I cook. I travel. And I blog about it.
I was nervous and excited about meeting my co-workers from China. Luckily, my co-worker Dion from my Hong Kong office and I got along really well. We discovered quickly that we both loved to eat, travel, and take photos. These photos were taken during our dinner together. We ordered way too much food which included soy sauce marinated duck, sweet and sticky ribs, spicy bean paste over jelly-like noodles, chopped vegetable with garlic, soup dumplings, and soy and honey glazed river prawns. Yum! I can’t wait to go back to Asia!
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Another great summer meal idea for you guys. The summer rolls are served cold and dipped in a peanut sauce. I used the same peanut sauce recipe from my cold sesame noodle here. The only hard part about this meal is the prep work for all the yummy ingredients you are putting inside the summer roll. The wrappers can be found at most Asian markets usually in the noodle aisle.
Chupe de Camarones - Shrimp Bisque at El Marino
This was my third visit to El Marino in just a couple of months. This time I brought along a bunch of friends after we had just finished a whitewater rafting trip. We needed a good and hearty meal after 5 hours in the water. El Marino with their super large portions and great tasting food was just the perfect place to take them. Nice owner lady remembers me by now, and gave me a big smile and welcome.
On this visit, I had the Chupe de Camarones or shrimp bisque. This dish might just be one of my favorites thus far. The soup was full of flavor and creamy enough to give it body, but not heavy. There was also a never ending amount of shrimp as well. I believe I counted 15 pieces! In the soup it also had a wedge of Peruvian corn, 2 slices of yuca, some rice, pieces of queso fresco (cheese), and fried yuyo (seaweed). This was so good!
El Marino never disappoints and my friends were stuffed to the point of food coma…Haha!
El Marino, 130 Mount Hope Ave, Dover, NJ 07801
La Salsa = Never Again.
We received a flyer in the mail for La Salsa’s new seafood trio special and decided to go try it because it looked/sounded really good. It included a shrimp, mahi mahi, and salmon taco with rice and beans.
This is a good place for those on a low sodium diet or those who have high cholesterol because everything, and I mean everything was so bland. The fish had no flavor, the rice had no flavor, the beans had no flavor, even the salsa had no flavor. I was obviously very disappointed. Okay, the mango salsa on the shrimp taco was good, but that was it. I was pretty much drenching my whole plate in salsa to give it some taste, but it just didn’t do it. This will be my first and last time eating at La Salsa. =(
My Aunt’s version of Bun Rieu Cua, Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup.
Shrimp paste, crab paste, dried shrimp, and pork flavors this wonderful noodle soup dish. It is loaded with tomatos and shrimpy meatballs, bean sprouts, and usually some tofu. Squeeze a dash of lime juice and sprinkle on some fried garlic for an extra kick.
Happy Lunar New Year!
It is tradition that on new year’s eve, the family reunites to eat dinner. My mom goes all out and makes a grand feast of 9 dishes (soup, chicken, fish, shrimp, veggies, noodles, etc…) when there is only the 4 of us. She cooks most of the dishes while my dad helps out as sous chef. Everything is so good…major food coma!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!