So, I went to the T&T Supermarket (I believe the only Chinese chain supermarket in Ottawa) the other day and had a very hearty BBQ duck/chicken meal enough to feed a family. Big mistake. Wouldn’t do it again. Half way through I wasn’t actually even enjoying it anymore. Portion control is very important. If you do want to try, bring a friend. Sharing is caring.
Enough about eating out. Let’s talk about eating in. So while I was there, I decided to pick up a fresh sea bass and an all-raw-ingredients-included soup package. I chose the “Lotus Root and Seed Pork Bone Soup”. This making of this soup is really dummy-proof. Basically you just throw everything into a pot and let it simmer for 2 hours (boiling the pork/pork bone briefly beforehand to remove the “scum”). We ended up steaming the sea bass with some ginger and garlic and topped it with some seafood soy sauce and scallions. We paired that with some Shanghainese bok choy and jasmine rice and voila! – A very simple Chinese meal. The soup ended up nice and sweet from the dates and flavourful from the pork bone. It really reminded me of home. The fish was on the tougher side, so I was a little disappointed. The jury is still out in terms of the reason for this. It could be because this type of fish does not need to be steamed as long.
Speaking of Asian food, who is excited about Asian Fest this weekend?