It’s been a good news-bad news kind of week. Although, I think most weeks in life are like that. I can’t think of a week where I had only good news – or bad.
This week the good news is that I no longer need to be on a kitchen hiatus. I now have a perfectly functional kitchen again that has lots of space to work and the basics that I need to make a meal. (No pasta machine yet though).
The bad news is that without Uncle Richard around, I don’t really feel like cooking a lot. It’s kind of like that age old philosophical question, “if a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one there to hear it, does it really make a sound?” If I cook dinner and there is no one there to give me lots of positive feedback, does it really taste as good? For me, sadly, the answer is “no.”
The other complicating factor, of course, is that there is just so much good food available all over the place in Bangkok. It makes it easy not to cook. You can really find almost anything you want here. This morning I was watching a TV show about dumplings and I decided I needed to have some. So I set off to a tried and true dumpling destination, Din Tai Fung. Just two short sky train stops away from our apartment and I was there!
I was planning to order the Xiao Long Bao, better known to Americans as soup dumplings. Sara Z. introduced these to me during a trip to NYC a few years ago and I love them. They are filled with soupy, porky goodness.
But I screwed up and ordered regular pork dumplings with no soup inside. Oh well, more bad news. But the good news was that the dumplings I got were still delicious. I doused them with Chinese vinegar, soy sauce, chili oil and ginger and made them even more delicious. That was very good news indeed! And the spicy cumbers that I ordered for the first time ever, were a knock out.
The other piece of bad news though, was that it was just me at the table, all by myself. Without Uncle Richard around I could only order about a third as much. Which meant I didn’t get to try as many things. But then, the good news, was that I could eat everything at the table ALL BY MYSELF!!!!