Saturday, February 09, 2008

Feast at Giao's Aunt and Uncle's House

Whole, Steamed Crabs

Blackberry Tart
The blackberries available in LA were not as sweet as those in SF these days, so this tart was a bit more, well, tart, than expected. However, those of us who don't eat a lot of refined carbs really enjoyed it. Giao's grandma, however, recoiled at first bite.

-3 cups blackberries
-1 cups plus 2 tb flour
-1 stick cold butter, diced

With your fingers, incorporate the cold butter into the flour until the mixture resembles course corn meal. Then form into a ball, adding 1 tb water at a time until you can do so. Press the dough into a pie pan and bake for 10 minutes on 350. Then add the blackberries and bake for about and hour, until berries are bubbly and crust is golden.

Blueberry Pear Tart
Same recipe as above, but substitute 1 diced pear and 1.5 cups blueberries.

Mangos, Strawberries and Oranges

Baked Fish with Coconut Milk and Ginger

The above fish, rolled up with lettuce in a rice paper wrapping.

Snack of Rice Flour Patty with Dried Shrimp Sauce

BBQ Short Ribs
These were a little sweeter than ours, but were still very tasty.

Quail Egg Wrapped in Shrimp Paste, Deep Fried
Wow. These were awesome. This little, hard boiled quail eggs were encased in shrimp paste, then rolled in panko, then deep fried. They were so good. Pictured above and below.

This was quite good, although oddly not spicy.

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