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Name: toan
Location: Maryland, US

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Beef Masala

One good thing about laundromat is that I can wander around the strip mall while waiting for your laundry. The other day, while my laundry was going through delicate cycle, I went next door to a Pakistani grocery store. I bought basmati rice and 3 boxes of keema curry, seekh kabab and meat masala spice mix. There were too many spice mixes to pick from. I have to make another visit to the store on my next laundry day.

So last night, I made beef masala. Though the recipe (in the back of the box) didn't have potatoes, I added anyway. I also added fried red onion. I cooked for about 2 and half hours, not long enough as required but I was so freaking hungry. It was really tasty. The meat was almost tender. The starchiness of potatoes and the masala sauce created a real nice flavor.

I had the leftover today for lunch and it tasted even better. I am strongly recommend this masala spice mix.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Steak Dinner

I made steak dinner tonight. There is nothing much to it: broiled steak, stir-fried broccoli and seasoned steam rice. First, I seasoned the steak with black pepper, salt, dried chili pepper and lots of garlic. I broiled it for 6 minutes and let it rest. Next, I cooked the broccoli with some garlic and dried red onion. Serve with rice. And of course, steak dinner is not complete without tasty Czech beer.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Jury Duty

I was summoned for jury duty today. Like any good old law-abiding citizen, I tossed the letter in the trash and went back to bed. Ok, I think that was my dream. Anyway, I went to the courthouse this morning not knowing how long the whole judicial process would take. The security officer took my camera so only picture of the building is available. I went upstairs to the jury lounge. There were over 200 people in the room. Judging on the look n their faces, 90% of those didn't want to be there. To cut the story short, the fucker pleaded guilty. I was dismissed around noon. I also received a check in the amount of $15.00 for my civic duty; $9.00 went to pay for parking. That left me $6.00. Nice.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Austin Grill

My buddy, John had a show at Austin Grill the other night. I went out to check it out. I also took my new camera along. It was so dark inside that I had to shoot at 3200 ISO 1/30 sec. I was very impressed with little noise/grain. Click here to see more pix.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Bún Bò Huế (Spicy Beef Noodle Soup)

No, I didn't make it--way too much work. Anyway, once in a while, I have a craving for this soup. It is not as popular--here in the US-- as pho (beef noodle soup) but equally as good. Originated from Hue city (Central Vienam), it spred throughout Vietnam like a plague. Like pho, it comes with varieties of toppings. If you want to try this noodle soup for the first time, choose your toppings wisely--some are a little exotic for some of you. For me, I only like it with thin sliced beef.