The other evening I had some guests over as I made my dad’s roast duck by myself for the first time.
The menu included:
Tom yum soup with shrimp – basically Thai hot and sour soup made from mix and chicken broth with shrimp, limes to garnish
Jellyfish with cucumber – a light vinegary salad
Mom’s pan-fried dumplings – Mmm… mom’s best
Roast duck – fun preparation and care in the oven, wonderfully delicious
Scallion pancakes – not as good as mom makes, but decent. Some were not friend in enough oil, so they weren’t as tasty
Potatoes roasted in duck fat – I was trying to emulate a Delia recipe, but I think the oil wasn’t hot enough
Spinach sauteed with garlic – standard dish
Coconut rice pudding with apricots and pistachios – sweet golden sunshine, but maybe a bit too sweet
I hate to pat myself on the back, but having roasted two ducks and preparing all the other food by myself, it was a pretty decent couple days work.