Brother’s Reunion

It is an awkward time between now and March where I am waiting for all my school’s decisions letters. I’m anxious to know where I am going to live at the end of the year! My mom and I decided that we really wanted to travel to Japan this summer and I’m so excited to start planning everything. I have family living there and I’m so humble that I get to travel out the country. However, I need to get my school situation in place before we can start booking tickets. The last time I had this opportunity was two and a half years ago, when I went to China.

My grandfather was the first born out of twelve. Can you imagine having so many siblings? Most of them live in China, so he doesn’t get to see his family that much. It’s a special treat whenever the occasion presents itself. My great uncle Jimmy, who is the youngest of the twelve, had a layover at the San Francisco Airport so I arranged for them to have dinner.

I came down with an overnight cold and haven’t felt so congested and weak in a long time. It was hard to get out of bed, but I knew it meant a lot to my dear grandpa. Do they look alike?

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Left; Uncle Jimmy, Right; Grandpa

My grandma wanted to get into the shot as well.

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We ate at a Chinese restaurant close to the airport called Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae. My family has eaten here a few times before and considered the food decent enough to come back.

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We started with a traditional appetizer dish, jellyfish. This is funny because I do not eat any seafood besides shrimp, but I really enjoy eating jellyfish. The texture is crunchy and there is no strong flavor. I understand that it is not the most captivating picture to photograph, and it looks like something to pass on, but if you ever see it on the menu at a good Chinese restaurant, give it a shot!

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Our next dish was my favorite, a clay pot version of ox tail with red wine sauce. The meat was so tender and fell right off the bone. I wish there was more.

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Fish, tofu and mushrooms for my grandma, because her teeth wasn’t feeling the best. I didn’t taste this but it smelled really good.

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Dau mui, my absolute favorite veggie ever, is best stir fried with garlic, salt and oil. I tried looking up the English translation, but the images I get of pea shoots and snow peas don’t look similar. I think you can only get these greens in an Asian grocery store.

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These large oysters came to a disappointment to my family, they said there was very little meat. I didn’t try these, but they looked fun to eat.

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Last but not least, the inevitable XO beef. I also recommend this dish if you ever come across it. The meat has a lot of fat on it, which isn’t popular in Western culture, but it really gives the meat it’s flavor.

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After dinner, we brought my uncle back to the terminal and I drove my grandparents home. I luckily got to sleep in the next day, and I’m feeling a lot better. I have to register for my 1/2 Marathon before it’s too late, so I will have a post about it soon.

Until next time!

What’s your favorite Chinese dish? Any travel plans for 2013?

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