Do You Yum?

Wed, Feb 3, 2016

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Yummly Publisher Page for Ginger and Scotch

Yummly Publisher Page for Ginger and Scotch

Someone posted last week on a social media site, “Do you Yum?”

And I thought:  Do I what? Is this a trick question?

Do I yum what?  You mean like coffee? Or tea?

You see, “yum” in Cantonese Chinese means “to drink” (as in “yum cha” which nowadays means to go and eat “dim sum”) so I was a little confused at this question.

But the query was related to Yummly – an online repository of recipes and also a recipe search engine that has been around since 2010.

If memory serves me right, Yummly was a very primitive website back in its early days. And it was confusing to navigate and I was never quite sure where the recipes were posted from. So I never really got into the Yum craze.

So to answer the question: “No, I did not yum. But I do now.”

Today, the Yummly website is slick and full of food porn squares a la Tastespotting and Food Gawker.

I took a look at the site again last week and was amazed at what the site can do. Not only can you search by key word but also by ingredients and by your own individual tastes, diets, allergies, and so on.

Yummly Search Page

Yummly Search Page

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Khanum at Tashkent Restaurant

Khanum at Tashkent Restaurant

I have been dreaming about fried lagman since that last time I ate at a Uzbek restaurant. Which would be early 2012 when I posted about Gulnaz restaurant in Dubai Marina. Lagman is a Uzbek dish made with noodles that reminds me of Chinese lo mein.

Uzbek teapot and cups @ Gulnaz Restaurant Dubai

Uzbek teapot and cups @ Gulnaz

Lucky for me, there is a restaurant called Tashkent (also the capital of Uzbekistan) that is conveniently located close to me in Al Barsha (next to Red Tomato) and very close to Wee Scotch’s school. I went on a weekday for lunch with my friend Diana and Li’L Ginger.

Upon being seated, we promptly ordered black tea to start but I was immediately disappointed that the tea set we were served with wasn’t the beautifully designed one that’s pictured on their signage which I had first encountered previously at Gulnaz restaurant.

But hey, I wasn’t going to let white ordinary teapots ruin my dining experience. Especially since the tea was good and served Chinese style with no milk nor sugar.

Black tea at Tashkent restaurant

Black tea at Tashkent restaurant

There was so much on the menu that we wanted to try but since it was just the 2 of us (and one toddler), we had to suffice with just the following dishes:

Beef tongue in a creamy sauce – Thin slices of (braised?) beef tongue that were very tender with a very unappetizing-looking sauce but actually tasted fine. I quite liked it.

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Potstickers with Pork and Garlic Chives

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

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Potstickers with Pork and Garlic Chives

Potstickers with Pork and Garlic Chives

So a lot happened in the last week.

Our LG washing machine of 8 years broke down and the quote to fix it was more expensive than a new machine so what to do next was a no brainer -> Buy a new machine YAY! It took me awhile to find a machine to my liking and during that time we had to send our laundry out because 2 kids and 1 klutzy mom makes for A LOT of dirty clothes. Laundering one load of whites and one load of darks costs us 600 dhs total ($180). Ouch. I miss the US system where they charge by weight instead of per item.

Then our Siemens dishwasher went on the fritz – the only way it will work is if we give it a few persistent kicks. Time for a new one too I think?

Maybe with all the stress of broken machines, one morning, I said something to my son (Wee Scotch) that just continues to put me in the category of “Bad Mommy.”

Me:  I don’t like that tone of voice you are using with me. If you don’t start being nice to mommy, then mommy’s going to stop being nice to you.

Wee Scotch:  (Crosses arms against chest. Sulks.)

Me:  That means mommy won’t take you out to restaurants and I won’t make your favorite foods.

Wee Scotch:  (Stares out window. Continues to sulk.)

The truth of the matter is that no matter how angry I get at him or how much he misbehaves, I will always make him his favorite foods and buy him his favorite toys. Because he may have moments of naughtiness (he’s only 6 after all and in kindergarten) but he is (for the most part) a sweet, loving, and caring boy.

And one of his favorite foods (it’s in the family genes :) ) are dumplings. Like me, he likes eating them AND making them.

Potstickers with Pork and Garlic Chives

Potstickers with Pork and Garlic Chives

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Moshi Restaurant – Momos, Sushi and More (Al Barsha 1)

Wed, Jan 13, 2016

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Moshi storefront

Sip, Dip, Roll.

That is the tagline in big poster print outside Moshi restaurant in Al Barsha.

And then in small print, “momo & sushi.”

The kids and I drive by it a few times each day during the school runs. And every time I pass the sign, I think, “I love momos!” and “I love sushi!”

So one afternoon, after picking the kids up from school, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I actually had no plans of eating at Moshi that day but as we drove past the restaurant, I impulsively swerved the car right (narrowly avoiding any angry honks or sudden braking from the cars behinds me) and managed to snag a parking spot overlooking Mall of the Emirates.

Because the kids thought we were going home, there was 5 minutes of tantrum throwing (mostly from Wee Scotch) before I managed to convince him (remind him actually) that he loves dumplings and sushi and, uh, well, this was our exchange:

Wee Scotch: “But I don’t want to go out and eat! I have a headache!”

Me: “But you love dumplings and you love sushi. And you absolutely love eating at restaurants.”

Wee Scotch: “But I have a headache!”

Me:  “Did you know that dumplings and sushi make headaches go away?”

Wee Scotch:  (Unconvinced angry stare.)

Me:  “Plus we have nothing to eat at home so it’s Moshi or nothing!”

Wee Scotch:  (Stomping towards the restaurant.)  “FINE!  BUT I HAVE TO PEE!

Me:  (Slaps *own* forehead.) 

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Chicken And Shrimp Wontons

January 3, 2016
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Short Version: Craved wontons. Made wontons. Ate wontons. Yum. (Click here for the recipe.) *     *     *     *     * Medium Version:  We are a dumpling loving family. Well, Li’L Ginger still has a ways to go in her dumpling loving journey but she’ll get there. It’s in […]

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Happy Holidays from Scotland

January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2016 brings you prosperity, renewed health, lots of adventure travel and scrumptious meals. I meant to publish this post last week but due to illness and jetlag, that didn’t happen . For the Christmas holiday, we traveled from mild Dubai weather to cold and breezy Scotland to spend the week […]

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Volunteering in Dubai: Helping Laborers Eat Healthy

December 22, 2015
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The end of year can be a wonderful time with many holidays to celebrate, gifts and presents galore, and abundant indulgent food. But let us also remember that some people are not surrounded by friends and families and can be overcome with sadness when they recall the loved ones that are miles away from them. Many expat laborers working in […]

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Nola Eatery and Social House – a supposedly New Orleans restaurant in JLT

December 19, 2015
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Oh how disappointed we were when Scotch and I left this restaurant. I really don’t like writing negative reviews but I feel it’s important to post about our good and bad experiences. We wouldn’t have wasted our money (over 700 dhs!) at Nola had we known how poor the food was. My husband and I really wanted to […]

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