There are probably only two things in the world that I think I’m truly good at. First is sleeping. Second is eating. But you can’t just always eat out or else you’ll go broke and/or get super rotund. Thus, I frequently cook my own meals and here are just a couple dishes that I’ve made recently! String beans with bacon strips A real man’s salad – chicken breast on a bed of arugula Crabby Patties! Nah just normal beef patties from Trader Joe’sProbably one of my favorite dishes to cook – braised chicken wings. Pretty simple steps: 1. Heat up olive oil in pan and brown both sides of wings 2. Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce and flip the wings to make sure both sides get coated 3. Add 2 cups water 4. Add sriracha sauce to add a little kick to the wings 5. Put on light boil for 40 minutes Homemade mochi! Just kidding, these were store bought but they’re so beautiful aren’t they? Green tea mochi with red bean pasteWhite peach mochi so good
I actually really like this place, and given the relatively cheap prices, it’s not too bad. Especially on a campus where Asian restaurants have crappier food and 3 times the price. Like Han Dynasty. Or Handy Nasty.
Address: 3549 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours: Sun – Thu: 6:30am – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat: 6:30am – 11:30pm
The camera on this phone is seriously amazing. Lumia 920 FTW.
Aside from the ridiculous name, this little hole in the wall is actually pretty satisfying. Located in Rittenhouse Square, this place tops other ramen shops in the area, most notably Ramen Bar in University City. Prices are cheaper and the portion sizes are actually rather generous. There are 3 or 4 broths to choose from and you can add extra meat or vegetables for a small price. The only thing that was missing was it didn’t offer kae-dama which is essentially a system that offers you an extra serving of noodles.
From the Ippudo website, “When you have almost finished your first serving of noodles, order by saying, “Kae-dama, please”. In a few minutes the server will bring you another ‘ball of noodles’, and put it in the soup. At that time, you must have enough amount of the soup in the bowl to accommodate the new noodles, that is, you shouldn’t drink much of the soup if you are going to order the Kae-dama.”
The other thing to note about this place is that it accepts only cash or LevelUp. LevelUp is a mobile payment app where you store your credit card info in the app and then scan the QR code on your phone with a special LevelUp scanner that is provided by the restaurant. No need to pull out that credit card any more! Best part of LevelUp is that every time you use it to pay, you save money and by frequently revisiting the same restaurants or frequently paying via LevelUp, you can “level up” and get even more discounts. Mobile payments are the future…
Every once in a while, I like to eat crappy Chinese food. Today was one of those days. Stopped at probably the most overpriced Chinese restaurant on campus (why do I do this?) and grabbed a bite to eat. The food was extremely unauthentic but it satisfied my palette. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives with just as crappy food. 2 out of 5 stars!
Address: 3714 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Price: $15 / entree
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11am – 10:30pm
As the final winter break of my undergraduate career nears an end, (actually school started 3 days ago but I’m still bumming around at home), I can’t help but to look back at the last 8 years of my life in Shanghai, the greatest city in the world. Coming to Shanghai as a white-washed, narrow-minded 8th grader was no easy transition. The pushing and shoving on public transportation, the lack of hygiene, the pungent smell of public bathrooms, the hideous local girls, and the even the China man squat that I would later come to love and adore was all too much for me at first. Every day I could come up with a handful of different reasons as to why I wanted to go back to the States.
But as time went on, I found it harder to come up with reasons to leave Shanghai and easier to find reasons to stay. I had found a new home. A home that has met and exceeded any crazy expectations I’ve ever had. It’s no surprise now that when people ask me where I’m from, I say I’m from Shanghai, even though I’ve lived in America for longer.
I can go on and on about everything Shanghai has given me, but the one gift that stands above all is that it has given me a truly global view of the world. My biggest fear coming to Shanghai was that I would miss out on all the experiences my friends back in the States were having and that I’d turn super chinky and fobby and I would forget English and start peeing on the streets (I was really cool in 8th grade). Shanghai has done the opposite for me. Going to an international school allowed me to meet people from all over the world and opened my eyes to all the different cultures, not limited to just American or Chinese, and it’s given me the knowledge and comfort to interact with individuals from various backgrounds. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and just want to thank everyone who has made this journey extremely memorable and worthwhile.
Now, to thank you for bearing with me and listening to my rant, here is a shit ton of food pictures to look at. It’s all the stuff I documented this past break. Includes food from Bali, Singapore, and Shanghai. Enjoy!