Monday, March 24, 2014

Shrimp Three Ways with OXO

I was recently lucky enough to be one of the bloggers selected to participate in OXO’s Shrimp Showdown.

We were given some OXO shrimp related kitchen tools along with five pounds of glorious shrimp from Eastern Seafood Company. OXO is also doing a very large raffle, with one winner selected amongst the participating blogs (I hope the winner is one of my readers!). The prize is worth $180 (including a $100 gift card), with more details at the end of this post. In addition, I’ll link to the other participating blogs so that you have more chances to win.

My mind was spinning with ideas after I received my shipment of shrimp. Should I do a fancy shrimp dinner with multiple courses? Or maybe a good old fashioned shrimp boil?

After much contemplating, I decided to do something in the middle. I didn’t want to completely stress myself out but I wanted to have a small dinner party, showcasing the large shrimp a few different ways.

Here’s the tools I was given:

Shrimp Cleaner, Flexible Kitchen & Herb Snips, Silicone Steamer, Wooden Lemon Reamer, 3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set, 12″ Tongs with Silicone Heads

Monday, March 24, 2014

Yu’s Garden Breakfast

One of the things I miss most about Taiwan is the breakfast.

There are very few options for Taiwanese breakfast, especially in San Diego. Yu’s Garden began serving Taiwanese breakfast a few weeks ago. After reading subpar reviews, I was a little wary, but I finally decided to give it a try.

Even though the restaurant has been opened a few months now, the staff still hasn’t figured out an efficient formula. We sat and waited for quite a while before finally helping ourselves to a menu. Throughout the meal we also had to ask for the very basics: water, utensils, and individual bowls and plates.

Once we ordered though, the food arrived pretty quickly.

Scallion Pancake

Most of the prices for breakfast seemed pretty reasonable, but I thought the scallion pancake was priced a little too high. I didn’t want to order it, but I had read good reviews on it and it seemed many other tables were ordering it, so I decided to give it a try.

We were both disappointed. Scallion pancakes are known for the strong scallion flavor and flaky layers. This lacked flavor and flakiness. It wasn’t horrible, but it was just average and I wouldn’t think to order it again.

Egg Pancake

The egg pancake consists of a Chinese-style savory pancake that is cooked with an egg. This was quite bland, with neither the egg or the pancake having much flavor.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shrimp Toast

I haven’t had shrimp toast since I was a kid. And even then, I’ve only ever had it at restaurants.

A few weeks ago when I was watching The Taste, one of the contestants made shrimp toast and I was suddenly reminded of this dish I hadn’t thought of in years, which made me want to try making it.