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Monday, February 24, 2020

Asian Night

On Saturday we hosted a culinary trip around the Asian Peninsula from China to the Philippines, with several tasty stops in-between. I had this set of carp-motif dishes in a cabinet here since I moved in and had never used them. Until Saturday. Here are some shots:

The menu included:

A "Thai-inspired" soup, with lemongrass (grown in my own garden), shrimp, chili, coconut, and pineapple.

Appetizers of Japanese sushi, Korean kimchee, Vietnamese spring rolls, and homemade Chinese sesame noodles.

The main courses were a basic Asian stir-fry with chicken, black fungus, and mixed vegetables and a Philippine dish "escabeche"....cooked fish and vegetables pickled with vinegar and served room temperature or even cool.

Drinks included a good, cloudy sake, Japanese shochu made into various cocktails, and a couple of suntory whiskeys. I wished I had something boozy from somewhere other than Japan, still didn't suck. LOL

The table set with the first round of appetizers and soup. (BTW, that's Wally in the upper left hand corner.

Everyone had a really good time and no one even complained about the Japanese flute music playing incessantly through dinner. The reason for making the menu so ethnically varied is because not everyone on our guest list likes everything from one particular cuisine. So rather than an entire Thai menu, or entire Vietnamese dinner, it was just better doing a mix. was great to finally use these plates in this house!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Dan. An oldie, but one worth dragging out again.

  2. I love the bowls, and the cobalt blue of the fish!

    1. Thanks, Merry. They're pretty old. I think I got them back in the late 80's.