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Chinese BBQ Pork "Char Sao"

Chinese BBQ Pork "Char Sao"

This is my first attempt to make BBQ pork at home and it turned out pretty good both on the look and the taste. It’s easy to make. Try it out.

Chinese BBQ Pork “Char Sao” Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 lb shoulder-cut pork cut into 1/2– 3/4 inch thick, trim off the fat lightly
4-5 tbsp Chinese BBQ pork sauce (sold at Chinese grocery stores)
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp finely grated ginger– optional
1 tsp Chinese rice wine– optional

Method:

  1. Just mix all ingredients well and marinate the meat with the mixture at least 2 hours or even overnight– the longer the better.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place the meat on a rack and roast for 15 minutes. Then turn over the meat and roast for the other 15 minutes. Take the meat out and brush some honey over it and back to the oven for 5 additional minutes at 350 degrees.

Notes:

  1. To make your BBQ pork have some lightly burned spots like those selling at Chinese deli stores, don’t cut the meat too evenly.
  2. Lined your pan with foil underneath the rack to catch any burned dripping from the meat.
  3. When you put the pork back to the oven for the last 5 minutes, keep your eyes close to the oven because honey, just like sugar, burns quickly and it can produce lots of smoke in seconds.
  4. Taste the marinate before you put in the meat and adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

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Gathering in Vegas

picture of the ladies Say Cheeseee...

My former co-workers are really nice people. I remember we hung out quite a bit even outside of work. Well, They had a gathering trip to Vegas and I was invited. So I went solo (Thanks Richard again for taking care of the boys at home) and stayed there for this past weekend.

As you can see from the pictures, we all had a GREAT time! It’s nice to see everyone again and catching up on each other’s life. I got to eat some really good seafood buffet (btw, Bellagio’s is better in quality and cheaper than Rio’s), swam and experienced the wave at Mandalay Bay. And while you guys in the bay area were sleeping, I was at the nightclub with friends having some cocktails drinks (Mojito, Malibu Pineapple,  Kamakazie, Cabana Breeze– never have I had this much drinks before!), danced for couple of hours and then headed to the casino later on… pretty much staying up all night. It was fun and wild for me but hey, it’s Las Vegas! (don’t worry Richard, I got my ring on at all time :P). And better yet, I won some money so my dining and gambling expenses are pretty much covered.

It’s nice to have a little getaway and do things just for myself… I had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone. Looking forward to the gathering trip next year (cruise that’s what I heard…).

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Picture transferring-- Rainbow

Cake Decorating: Picture transferring-- Rainbow

I am taking cake decorating class and here it is– my first decorated cake. Not bad huh don’t you think?

I like the class a lot. There are only 4 students including myself and the instructor is very nice. She answers to all questions and tells us lots of tips and tricks on cake decorating. During the last class I learned about using tip #3 for writing on the cake, crazy strings along the top edge, tiny flowers and vines. Tip #16 for stars (small stars for filling up areas or big stars for edge covering), flowers and cake bottom covering (up and down motion). One more interesting thing learned: transferring pictures/drawings from paper to the cake– this really comes in handy when decorating cakes for the kids. I can’t wait to make a Thomas cake for Alexander!

Tomorrow is my 3rd session and we are going to make some roses and other stuff. Oh, I can’t wait… it’s so much fun! Come back to my blog to check it out… I’ll show you my 2nd finished cake.

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Why? Go ask him…

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Driving on highway

I HATE driving (especially on highway) and so I am not good at it. I am not good with directions and street names so that make it even worse. Once I was on my way to Oakland Airport to pick up Richard, I drove into the lane that wasn’t going to the airport– yes we go thru the route before and yes I saw the sign board but my mind just went blank at that very moment. So you can imagine how bad I’m with signs and how freaked out I was? That’s why I don’t like driving and only stay local with familiar streets. Occasionally if I have to buy something further away like in Union City, I would take local all the way and avoid the scary highway.

Today is different. I decided to make the change– driving on highway… by myself. I have been hesitated so many many times about driving on highway. I kept asking Richard, “I don’t know… do you think I can do it?” more than 10 times. He wasn’t sure at first but later said (he) was confident I can do it. Timing was good too I guess as the traffic was light on this early weekend morning (which boost up my confidence). I stayed in the right lane, maintaining 60-70mph most of the time, and I did make it OK to our friends, Nishihira’s house in Union City. On the way home I was hesitated too as more traffic on the highway, but I convinced myself that I can do it– and I did!

I know driving is easy and natural to many of you but it is the opposite for me. I am really proud of myself today for taking this big step. Keep it up girl!

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Cake Decorating

I went to my first ever cake decorating class yesterday and I LOVE it! The instructor MaryLou Groff is a very nice lady with lots of experience. It was only the first day of class and I had already learned lots of tips and skills for cake decorating. I walked out happy after the class. I even thought about cake decorating when Alexander woke me up middle of the night! This class certainly boost up my confidence in cake baking and hopefully my skills are good enough to be the cake lady for friends and family!

This is a 6 session class (one session each week) so that means I will have a decorated cake every week for the next 6 weeks. Since we are not a big cake eater family, so please let me know if you’d like to have some and I’ll save it for you. I sure will take some photos of the finished cakes too and post to the blog. Remember to check it out later.

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Busy October

October is going to be a busy month for me especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Why? Because I’m taking cake decorating class on Thursday nights, Polynesian dancing class on Fridays, and Saturday mornings are Alexander’s Chinese class so we have to get up earlier to get ready. On the top of all these classes, I’ll be on a trip to Vegas during the 3rd weekend of the month.

I’m excited about the 2 classes that I enrolled. I think it’s going to be fun! I have always enjoyed dancing (especially social dance). As for cake decorating, it’s interesting and I hope it will get me more into baking. After all, I need to do something to enrich my own life other than taking care of the boys. For so long I have been hesitated every time when I looked at the San Leandro adult programs. I am glad I made the move. Since the classes start in the early evenings, so you can imagine on those two days I’ll be busy in the kitchen preparing dinner after lunch… we’ll see. Come to the worse, there’re always hot links/sausages in the freezer for Richard and waffles/bread for the kids. 🙂

During the 3rd weekend I am flying to Las Vegas to meet all my ex-coworkers there. They are really nice people and more like friends than colleagues to me. It’s been a while since we last hung out together… I can’t wait to see all of them and catch up a little on each other’s life!We’re going to have so much fun in Vegas gambling and gossiping…and don’t forget the seafood feast!!!

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