Sunday, May 1, 2011

Peepshi and Octodog

While in South Carolina last weekend to visit my family for Egg Day, I decided to try out a couple of food projects on my nephews, Gavin (5) and Max (2). For the main course I made octodogs (octopus shaped hot dogs) on a bed of macaroni and cheese. For dessert, peepshi (peeps sushi)...

I made octodogs for the first time a couple years ago. The process of making the second batch was much quicker, but unfortunately much like the first batch, no one ate them.

Pretend eating- he couldn't handle the eyes. It kind of looks like he is yelling at them.

Octodog with broccoli hair


A couple months ago, my friend Phoebe sent me a link on how to make peepshi. The second I saw it, I knew I had to try it.

The first step was to decapitate the peeps and cut 3/8" slices of rice krispie treats.

Rolling the sushi with fruit roll ups.

Not only did it get one Karate chop of approval...

Peepshi got a double Karate chop of approval.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Adventures in Asiatown

Phoebe and Ben

Samples from Park To Shop

Basil seed drink with honey, grass jelly drink, ferment red date bean curd, fried gluten (irregular) with peanut and soy sauce, wax gourd beverage, and durian pudding.
First course, Durian pudding and wax gourd beverage

The consistency was like hard slimy jello.
The smell was sweet with a side of bad.
It tasted truly awful. 
There were chunks of durian that were very hard and almost inedible.
The after taste was surprisingly sweet. 

Ferment red date bean curd with made in Taiwan caused a feeling of intense euphoria and bewilderment followed by involuntary facial contortions.

Ben was no longer smiling after ingesting this large chunk. 
The texture was like soft cheese
It tasted like medium spicy vinegar cheese
It expires in 1 year but when was it made?

Ben and I cleanse our palates with basil seed drink with honey. 
It smelled like bubble gum and had a sweet flavor. 

Phoebe sampled the red date bean curd on an onion and chive Sky Flakes cracker.

Phoebe said, "I think it's expired"

Grass Jelly Drink
Smelled like minty medicine.
The chunks of jelly were disconcerting but still drinkable according to Ben.
He said that it gets better the more you drink.

Fried Gluten (irregular) with peanut and soy sauce was not bad.


Sesame sweet balls
Sesame sweet ball, tree stump chocolate with a cookie center (very much like Twix without the caramel), and french cookies.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Egg roll eating contest at the Asian festival

My neighbor Bill and I rode our bikes up the street to the Asian festival yesterday. The main attraction for me was the egg roll eating contest. When I first read that there was an "egg roll contest", I thought it was an egg roll making contest. I would have been interested in watching that because egg rolls are one of the things I know how to cook, but was even more excited to find out what was actually happening.

It was a rainy morning and since I have been looking for opportunities to ride my new Peugeot, we waited until the sky cleared and headed out.

Spike kinda looks like an egg roll.

When we first arrived to the street blockade, a cop was yelling at a man to get out of the street over his car speaker. The man wandering in the street was completely oblivious to the fact that the loud voice coming from the cop car was talking to him. The cop said more specifically, " You in the white shirt in the middle of the street, get out of the middle of the street" then added, "And pull up your pants".

We walked through the booths that lined the street on Payne Avenue and made our way over to the food. First we tried an egg roll and pot stickers from Pearl of the Orient which were delicious.  I had a bowl of Ginger rice noodles with Shiitake mushrooms and Bill had Sweet and Sour Chicken both from Li Wah. I have been wanting to try Li Wah for a while and will definitely be going back.

The second stage was inside Asia Plaza where there was a martial arts show going on. Guys were kicking and chopping wood planks in half and showing off their skills to 80's metal. It was rad.

The Egg roll Eating contest was at 5:30 on the main stage which was under a tent in the parking lot of Asia Plaza. The winner would be the first of 11 contestants to finish 9 egg rolls. I envisioned a heaping platter in front of each competitor, but a styrofoam plate of 9 would have to do. They were given water, cups and condiments which were in nondescript yellow and clear squeeze bottles.

After everyone was was situated, there was a simple 3-2-1 countdown and the egg roll smashing began.

The large man in the blue jerseys technique was to pour the water in a cup and dunk the rolls into the water before stuffing them in his mouth. I have seen this done in hot dog eating contests to make the bread soggy. Hmmmm....

 I forgot to mention there was one female contestant.

Yellow shirt is down to his last roll.

Yellow shirt, who happened to be sitting in front of the trophy the whole time, was the first place winner by a long shot. The other contestants had at least 2 or more left when yellow shirt finished. Blue Jersey came in second and black shirt placed third. Most of the crowd did not stick around for the medal and trophy ceremony. Looks like dunking egg rolls may not the way to go and standing might be the key to getting it down quicker. These are just a few nuggets of information I took home with me from the first annual Asian festival.

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