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  1. Fruit

    Well, given that bananas are native to S.E. Asia (which, to me, includes where I live In China), I'm a lot more surprised they showed up in Mexico! We get many varieties here. Once they are in season. I'll try to post em. But thanks for the "sprouts" name.
  2. Fruit

    Yes, they are not the only small bananas I've seen and more "rotund" as you say. They do tend to be sweeter, too. I've eaten the red skin ones, too. In Laos or Cambodia. I forget which..
  3. Fruit

    Today, I picked up a small bunch of these. As you can see they are small bananas. I'm wondering if they have a standard or common name in English. I know the local Chinese name, but Mr.Google is not helping. I bought some ripe ones to eat now and some green ones which will hopefully be ready when I get back from a two or three day trip I'm setting out on in the morning.
  4. Silky Smooth Chicken Breast

    I too am sure that velveting is not at all appropriate or even possible in this instance. Soy sauce chicken is made from the whole bird, intact. You can't velvet a whole bird. I've never heard of anyone making just a soy sauce breast, either. Not have I ever heard of this repetitive in-and-out, reboiling, and re-inserting method. Can you link to any such recipe? But whatever, such a method is unrelated to anything sous-vide.
  5. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Linguine with a spicy pork ragu (pork, tomatoes, onions, chilli, anchovies, Chinese chives, black pepper). Seconds and thirds were had.
  6. One Click Butter Cutter

    I have a zero click butter cutter. . . . . . . . . . . It's called a knife. Works every time.
  7. The Dish Towel

    Indeed. Dishwashers are all but unknown in China. My friends think it's a great joke when I try to tell them such things exist. Not that I'd want one anyway.
  8. The Dish Towel

    Around 20 terry towelling, regular size but I almost never use them for drying dishes, though. Also have about 12 small (8"-10" square) ones for minor spills and occasional hot pot lid picker-uppers. Always one of each hanging from the handles of the cupboards below the main prep counter.
  9. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Tonight's dinner was a blatant, but ultimately failed attempt to pretend it's still summer. It tasted fine, though. Pork in a lemon, coriander, garlic and olive oil marinade/sauce. Rice and spinach salad.
  10. Breakfast! 2018

    This morning, I had my wontons in a more conventional manner. In a spicy broth with spinach. THe wontons contained pork and shiitake.
  11. Fast Food Localisation

    Indeed. The best pizza I ever ate outside Italy was right here in town. The place was operated by a local who had lived in S. Korea for many years. S. Korea knows its pizzas. He had come home to semi-retire and made stunning pizzas (without corn or Kewpie). No one bit. The place was near empty every time I went and, inevitably, after about a year it closed down. Three months later, Pizza Hut opened and there were long lines down the block to eat garbage. I wept.
  12. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Another winter warmer - steak and kidney (-pie) with carrots, onion and a chilli pepper which happened to be lying on the counter. Boiled spuds and cabbage. With a drop of fermented Italian grape juice.
  13. Fast Food Localisation

    Yeah! Corn on everything. I hate corn! I've given up eating any kind of pizza in China. They have no idea what it is. Even when I insist on no corn. I get corn! I lied and said, "I am allergic to corn and I will probably die from analectic shock if you serve me even one tiny fragment, then my family will sue you for everything you will ever earn in your miserable life," I claimed "Oh, you mean you only want a little corn." No! I want zero corn. Less than zero" "Maybe you prefer a durian pizza slathered with ridiculous amounts of sweet Japanese mayonnaise, instead" At that point, Yum Foods! and I parted company. I mean "Yum Foods!"? Apart from being a blatant lie, does anyone over 11 years-old use"yum" as a real word?
  14. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    Generally, I prefer the smaller ones, given the choice. Sweeter without being sweet, if you know what I mean. MY neighbours won't forgive me though. They are all convinced that clams may only be eaten with mustard greens in soup or they well spend eternities in hell, if they are lucky!
  15. Fast Food Localisation

    If it does, it'll be a first. I have standards. Astonishingly low standards, but standards nonetheless.