Haven't you always wondered what "ethnic" people eat on Thanksgiving? Do they eat turkey and mashed potatoes? Or weird things like duck and fish eyes. Well, my family eats both, kind of:
Mi mama made this to hold us kids over before the real food was ready.
Fried Japanese Tofu with Dried Shitake Mushrooms
Lobster Fen Si with Chinese Cabbage
This is my favorite. All of the fen si (glass noodles made of green beans) sucks up the lobster juices and mixes with the cabbage to create the most delectable flavor and texture combination ever.
Garlic Sauteed Asparagus
Grandma's Fen Si
My grandma's recipe involves carrots and dried squid.
Four Kinds of Mushroom
Normal, shitake, golden needle, and baby portabella
Shrimp with tomato sauce
Uncle #5's Sticky Rice
This is always a big hit - sticky rice cooked with pork, dried shrimp, and dried shitake.
Lions head are basically Chinese meatballs. They are cooked with Chinese cabbage in broth.
Mei Cai Kou Rou
I really can't translate this. It's a very fatty pork with stewed with fermented cabbage. Hans Tang's favorite as a child.
Chinese Vegetable Sauteed with Garlic
I wasn't able to take a picture before it was attacked.
It's more of a symbolic turkey, since no one really ate it.
But Uncle #1 is really good at making it!
We ate a lot of dessert when we were standing around waiting for the food:
I made cranberry-white chocolate chip cookies
My little cousin is a vegan, and she made vegan treats:
and Green Tea Cupcakes
Someone's neighbor made homemade pumpkin pie
And Aunt #5 made sweet black sticky rice with coconut milk, which is delicious, but I was too full to have more than a bite. I thought that was okay because my mom brought home a quart of it. Unfortunately, she, surprise surprise, didn't put it in the fridge so it went bad the next day. She didn't feel like it was a waste, though, cause she just gave it to Duke, who didn't seem to mind at all. My mother is an odd one. Very odd indeed.
Well that's it. That is all we ate (almost - a few things were able to escape the glare of the camera). My cousin Edith was worried it wasn't enough food, which says something about how much one Pei family can eat. I am very proud of my kinfolk and myself, and am already anticipating the gluttony that is sure to come during Christmas!