Tags: braces, congee, jello, mango, root canal
Hello friends! How’s it’s been?
It’s been such a long time since and I do sincerely apologize. Some of you have missed me and some of you are craving my food adventures. How do I know? When friends see me eating or equipped with a camera (or both), without hesitation, they ask ”So how’s your blog?” or “You’re putting that on your website/blog, right?” and “When/Where’s your next adventure? Let’s go!“
I’d admit that I felt guilty putting my blog on hold. To be honest with you, I was a bit hesitant about writing this entry as well.
What happened PetiteFoodie!?!?
A few things happened during the year that made it one HELL of a ride.
I had a root canal that was to be completed earlier in the year but took ages because the endodontist canceled 5 appointments on me and did a half-assed job for my root canal. I’m a really patient person and the thing that ticked me off was when he canceled on me when I walked into his office. That was the last appointment that I had with him. Ever.
Braces was the next chapter but was a life changing experience ever for me. It was quite a humbling experience for me. Auntie M was really supportive and made me fish congee & turkey congee and mango Jello (with little mango chunks) on the first day I got braces. <3 you! After a few weeks of eating soft foods, she told me to suck it up and eat normal foods. HAHA That’s when she gave me a pair of scissors to carry around so I can cut up my food into little pieces. Having no shame, I went to town (even at restaurants) cutting up steak, dim sum foods, chicken, vegetables, etc. I had to do that for a few months since my teeth were shifting from a slight underbite to a normal bite. Nowadays, I can eat normal food, except for biting into an apple and using my teeth to crack the crab.
Loss of a good friend
Losing someone that you care about is the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with. To my dear friend, I just wanted to tell you this:
Thank you for all the wonderful memories we shared. Thanks for all the laughter and the tears. I’ve never met anyone that shares soo much in common, and I’m glad it’s someone as unique as you. It’s too bad that certain circumstances had led to this loss. I miss you and will never forget you. I never got a chance to say goodbye…Goodbye till we meet again.
“There’s this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your hugs still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It’s the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me.”
I was driving in Richmond when it happened. Like most motor vehicle accidents happen. Thank goodness the passenger and I was okay. It was my first accident and it totally shook me up to the core. With a lot things going on at the time and feeling like the world was crashing down, the first thing I did was burst out crying. After that, I felt much better. However, I’m stuck with dealing with ICBC.
After all the bumps and bruises, sweat and tears throughout the year, I am thankful to be alive. I am thankful for all my supportive friends and fellow bloggers (you know who you are!) for being there for me and helping me get through all the tough times. Thank you!!!
On a side note, I admire people with humble beginnings and how they overcame hardships to become the successful people they are.
Farewell 2010! It has been one HELL of a year.
Happy 2011! Happy New Year to you all! Are you ready for some new dining adventures?
Tags: black sesame, congee, dim sum, durian, durian puff pastry, egg tarts, har gow, HML, rice, siu mai
One of the things that Grease Monkey’s family likes to do is to go to HML Seafood Restaurant for dim sum and family dinners either when they feel like it or for holidays or celebrations. I’ve been invited there so many times than I can remember. We’ve been there so much that the owner/manager Tommy Zhao knows us by the first name basis, especially with Auntie M.
HML is a big and well kept restaurant. It was very busy when we arrived around 11am. Thank goodness we made a reservation.
On this visit, it was during the holidays and we all wanted to get together. It was when LightsOut was introduced to us. He’s quite an awesome guy. He’s willing to try anything once! Being politically correct here, LightsOut is a westerner with an adventurous appetite. He’s even tried the Phoenix claws (aka. chicken feet) and durian!
As our party of 6 sat down, we started to order items from the sheet. Please be warned, even though we are a party of 6, we ordered a total of 22 items on the menu! (plus more because some of them were multiples) That’s a lot of food! Maybe that’s why Tommy loves us. HAHA
After giving our order in for the savory items, and chatting for a bit. Our food arrived.
I call these the usual suspects because these are the items we usually order at dimsum. From left clockwise, the items are Steamed Shao Mai Dumplings, Superior Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow), Rice Rolls with Dried Shrimp & Green Onion (with hoisin and peanut dipping sauce), and Congee with Shredded Pork & Thousand Year Eggs. The har gow and shao mai were plump and had a nice spring when you took a bite into it. As for the rice rolls, it was quite nice. The congee was delicious.
The other items we ordered as well are (from left clockwise) the Fried Rice with Dried Scallops & Egg White, Taro Cake with Dried Shrimp & Preserved Sausage, Steamed Pork Dumplings, and Steamed Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce. The fried rice came in a plentiful portion and was a nice “filler” dish. The taro cake was delicious as it had a nice crisp from the pan fry. The pork dumpling, I can’t quite remember except that it had a lot of filling. Ahh…and let’s not forget the chicken feet. The chicken feet is an acquired taste, as it’s just skin and cartilage. LightsOut tried it and thought it was okay.
The next items that came were the Steamed Rice Rolls with Shrimps & Chives and Steamed Rice Rolls with Beef & Vegetables (watercress). These taste really delicious with the sweet soy sauce poured over top.
Another family favorite is the Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf (Lo Mai Gai). The rice was fragrant from the lotus leaf and had an abundance of filling. One thing I would like to let people who are not familiar with this item is not to eat it like a dolma. I have heard some of my friends’ friends have made this mistake and thought that it didn’t taste that great.
Once you open the Lo Mai Gai (as in the picture on the right), you will see an abundance of tasty fillings such as Chinese sausage, minced chicken and a salty egg yolk enveloped in a fragrant sauce on the glutinous rice.
Now on to dessert! YAY!!!
For dessert, we ordered (from left clockwise) Egg Crepe with Honey, Shredded Coconut, Deep Fried Yam Rice Flour Balls Topped with Shredded Peanuts, Baked Tapioca Pudding stuffed with Taro Paste, and Chilled Mango Puree with Pomelo Pulps. The crepe was nice and light and not too sweet. The yam balls had a nice light yam taste to it. Not to mention we had a great time making jokes about the balls. HAHA
As for the tapioca pudding and the chilled mango puree, both tasted good on its own. CorCor, Dick’s cousin suggested that we mix the two together (he’s a foodie known to mix different food together). OMG, this is the best combination ever!!! Slightly salty, sweet, crispy and hot from the baked tapioca pudding and the sweet coolness from the chilled mango puree, it was delicious. I totally recommend you order these two items and put them together!
The next items that we ordered for dessert were the House Special Baked Egg & Milk Tarts (Dan Tat) and Rice Flour Balls with Black Sesame Filling. The egg and milk tarts were served hot. The crust was nice and flaky and the egg and milk filling was really creamy and smooth. As for the rice flour balls, they had a nice soft chewiness with a slight sweetness. The black sesame filling was fragrant and slightly hot as when you bite into it, and it oozes out like molten black sesame lava. YUM!
The last items we ordered for dessert were the Chilled Mango Pudding and Baked Durian Puff Pastry.
The chilled coconut pudding and was light and had a nice coconut flavor.
The baked durian pastry had a nice flaky crust and the filling was smooth and creamy. This is when LightsOut and I had started our love affair with durian. Durian is known for its distinctive smell, and it’s creamy flesh. People are known to either love it or hate it. In this case, LightsOut and I loved it that we ate everything durian such as fresh durian, durian candies, and durian shakes. Mmm…
HML is a nice place for dim sum and for dinner. The staff are quite diligent and friendly and Tommy is hilarious!
By the end of this meal, we were stuffed to the point that we needed to be rolled out. HAHA
Happy Holidays Everyone!
HML Seafood Restaurant
#200-5890 No. 3 Rd
Value: Decent. Has good selection of dim sum.
Ambience: Busy bustling restaurant during dim sum hours. Has a nice ambiance during dinner.