Recent Meals

I’ve had some pretty good meals recently and would like to share them here. First up, Vien Huong (aka VH), probably my favorite restaurant in Oakland Chinatown:

Chow Jew Ho Fun
Chow Jew Ho Fun
Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee from VH

My usual standby is Chow Jew Rice Noodle, but I got the Chow Jew Ho Fun (潮州河粉) instead on this occasion. Of course, gotta have the iced coffee as well.


Next, a homemade steak dinner:

Bone-in New York Steak with Baked Asparagus
Bone-in New York Steak with Baked Asparagus

My buddy from work took me to Ruth’s Chris about a week before this, so I was starting to crave red meat again. It wasn’t Ruth’s Chris, but it was red meat, and it was satisfying.


And now, Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodle with Beef from Seoul Gomtang in Oakland:

Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Beef
Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Beef

It was so hot that day, I had to get a cold noodle. There was actually ice floating in the soup. Add some hot mustard and vinegar, and what could be cooler and tastier?


Next up, Shredded Pork and Tomato Soup Noodle at Ba Le in Oakland Chinatown:

Shredded Pork and Tomato Rice Noodle
Shredded Pork and Tomato Rice Noodle

Tried this place for the first time and it felt pretty authentic. In the middle of Chinatown, a bit rundown, a bit dirty, but delicious food. Pretty authentic indeed. Of course, my rule-of-thumb when in a Vietnamese establishment is to always try and judge them by their iced coffee, and they passed with flying colors.


Finally, some more home cookin’:

Elbow Macaroni with a Fried Egg, Kalbi, and Veggies
Elbow Macaroni with a Fried Egg, Kalbi, and Veggies

My usual routine is to wake up, wash my face, and brush my teeth. Imagine finishing your morning routine and then being greeted with breakfast from your spouse, made with love. It wasn’t dessert, but it sure was sweet.


Life is short. Eat and enjoy the food, and enjoy the company of the people eating it with you.

Ribeye Roast in Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Ribeye Roast with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

My dinner tonight, shared with family. It was one of those meals where I spend hours preparing it, and then eating it seems anticlimactic because it’s over so relatively quickly. Also, with all the hustle and bustle in the kitchen, it’s difficult to just sit down and eat. I kept getting up for one reason or another. Maybe in the future I’ll rest myself as well as my roast before I start eating.

Note to self: the Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles was pretty good, in case you want to get another one.

How I Enjoyed Life This Weekend

I tried to enjoy life as much as possible this weekend, considering the busy week I had. Here are some of the things I did to maximize my life enjoyment:

  • Eat at Vien Huong, or “VH”, one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland Chinatown. I enjoyed a “Chow Jew” rice noodle, which consists of rice noodle, marinated pork, a single pork meatball, two fish balls, pork slices, two pieces of pork kidney, and two shrimps. I also had a coffee to go with it. Heaven.
  • Make a spirited run through the Berkeley Hills in my Acura TSX. The route from Memorial Stadium, through Grizzly Peak, to Fish Ranch and then 24 is one of my favorite roads to drive. The fear of flying off the road and down a mountain while speeding around the curves in second gear makes me feel ALIVE!!!
  • Enjoy a man’s night in. With the wife out to a party, I bought myself a bag of Jalapeno Cheetos, a ribeye steak, and a 6-pack of Sing Tao Draft Beer. Imagine drinking an ice cold beer while eating Jalapeno Cheetos and watching the movie “Spy Game”. Then, after getting hungry again, drinking a second beer while frying a Montreal-seasoned ribeye steak and then eating that steak while continuing to watch the movie. Argh!

Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

On June 25, 2007, my family and I enjoyed a buffet dinner at cafe TOO inside the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong. These are some of my selections from that evening.

Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO
On this plate we have grilled lamb, cheese-breaded chicken, salami, prosciutto-ham-wrapped asparagus, and pan-fried fish.
Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO
A hearty noodle soup (pork bone base) with sliced beef, bok choy, bean sprouts, and shiitake mushrooms.
Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO
Cream of tomato soup.
Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO
A selection of raw oysters, a crab claw, salmon and tuna sashimi, a prawn, and shrimp cocktail.
Buffet Dinner @ cafe TOO
Here we have an Indian selection: basmati rice, naan bread, various curries, and tandoori chicken.

Random Food

This is a collection of random food items that I have enjoyed.

Random Food
August 26, 2010: Chicken wings marinated in fish sauce, cilantro, lime juice, and some other seasonings, then grilled.
Random Food
August 16, 2010: A nice New York steak dinner that I fixed up. I was especially proud of the red wine sauce.
Random Food
May 24, 2009: Steak and eggs, a classic breakfast.