We woke up early this morning wanting to cross the border to Bellingham for some shopping and food. Nanzaro wanted more stylish summer clothings. He is a big boy now and Old Navy is not going to cut it anymore, not to mention WalMart. I have absolutely no idea what he wanted but something tells me his taste is getting more expensive. For me, I NEED the humongous baby spare ribs from Costco and also, the minivan needs a change of tires too. The tires are almost bald. While there too, we wanted to also try the KFC Double Down Chicken Sandwich.
So we woke up early with a big day planned ahead of us. First thing we did was to check the border wait time. 15 minutes. Not too bad. We thought that not many people will be going over the border since the currency exchange sucks lately and people would have done all the travelling over the July 1st/July 4th long weekend. Alright, Suanne and I decided to sit down and watch Le Tour de France on OLN. It is the first of the mountain stages and we were hoping for the remote chance that Lance Armstrong will start mounting a fight here (he did not quite do it but he’s up there). After the race and as we are about to go out, we checked the border line up again.
It is now a 1.5 hours wait!
So, here I am writing this Weekend Musing. Oh well, I might as well stay home and watch the Germany-Uruguay World Cup game on the television.
Oh, talking about television, we switched our TV-slash-internet-slash-phone provider to Telus. The new package came with a PVR and Arkensen had been recording almost everything on it … and he had been deleting MY recording to make way for his. See? I am being muscled out of the technology stuff at home. I heard that you can easily upgrade the harddisk on the PVR at home yourself. Anyone ever done that before?
A few days ago, Suanne and I went to S&W Pepper House (again!) and since then I could not get this out of my head. We had this wonderful Fried Peanuts with Cilantro and Chili. We love it a lot. It looked simple to make and we were thinking that we could easily make it at home.
While the fried peanuts and cilantro is a no brainer, we couldn’t find the recipe for the chili sauce. Does any know how to make the sauce? Does it come in a bottle that you could buy from the stores?
Thinking of it makes me salivate.
Shopping in Osaka
Janice was reading our post about the Instant Ramen which is closest to Kintaro’s Ramen. She was telling us of a ramen she think is even closer to what Kintaro’s Ramen taste like. Well, she even went out of her way to buy it and took a picture of it!
So yesterday we went to the Osaka Supermarket in the Yaohan Center on No 3 Road to look for it. It was a long time since I went grocery shopping with Suanne and boy am I surprise to see the new stuff they have in the supermarket. Instead of going in buying just the frozen ramen, we ended up buying a number of stuff.
The above is the ramen that Janice was raving about. It is about $2.50 each. Remember, this is frozen ramen and so you won’t find this in the normal instant noodles aisle. Instead it is in the freezer section. We wouldn’t have found it if not for the picture that Janice sent. [Thanks a lot, Janice!]
The whole packaging is in Japanese but there is a sticker at the back that tells you what the flavour is. Guess what we are having for lunch while watching the football game today.
Oh wow, we also found out that there are a lot more types of frozen ramen. The above is a bigger pack and is meant for … three people.
Or at least, we think it is for three people because of the number “3” printed at the bottom right of the packaging.
We bought the chili sauce above. We were wondering if this is what is used to make the Fried Peanut with Cilantro and Chili sauce above. It looked the most like it from among all the other bottles. We’ll try it and let you know. Too bad we can’t read Chinese or it will perhaps clue us in as to what it is really for.
Suanne also picked up the noodles above. The reason she got this was because she said that it has tong kwai herbs that I like a lot. She thinks it could be close to the Drunken Chicken Hot Pot that we had in Jubilant, especially with some wolfberries added and a dash of cooking wine.
Here is another frozen ramen we picked up too.
Wow, they even now have Xiao Long Bao sold in the supermarket. He he he … let’s see how this turns out. It’ll be nice to have XLBs at home for a change.
I had always wondered how these type of herbal soup will turn out but we had never bought it for obvious reason. When I was young, my mum makes a lot of these kind of soup but us being Chinese illiterate we don’t know where to start.
At least, there are English instructions. We’ll try it and let you know too.
OK, I rambled enough for today. There are a few more things I wanted to let you know but I’ll leave it for some other time. Got to head out to buy some Roast Pork (from Parker Place, no less!) before the football match starts. I needed the Roast Pork to go with the frozen ramen.
Have a great weekend. And eat well.