Friday, September 16, 2011

Asian Adventure

Last Sunday, Shannon, Nicki, Michelle, and I went on an adventure! We went to a place on Lamar that is a big Asian shopping and eating area. There are probably 30 shops plus one giant market there.

We started with lunch at TC Noodle House. We all ordered something that was new to us. It was fun to try and taste everyone's dishes. And we even got free dessert out of it, again, something we hadn't tried.

Here are pics taken on my camera of the meal!
Michelle and I taught Nicki and Shannon to use chopsticks!
One was filled with vanilla bean paste and the
other was red bean and coconut paste.
Very interesting!
The after-math!

Next we walked over to the Asian Market. We spent a couple of hours walking and looking and asking about all the unusual things we were seeing!
Outside of the market was a fountain and fish pond.
Michelle! We just got here! What are you buying?? Oh, wait, that isn't your cart? This picture was taken just to text to your husband to freak him out? And did it work? Oh, yes it did! I heard your phone ring right away! Too funny!Thought of Ed when I saw this! :-)
Fried puffy fish skin... no comment!
Noodles anyone? There was a full isle, the length of the store, with both sides full of noodle packages! If you could imagine it, they had it! I bought some purple sweet potato noodles. Michelle bought some pumpkin noodles.
Saw lots of shrimp in various forms. Dried shrimp is a big deal, apparently.
Produce, including my new love, fresh lemon grass!
(on the right of the picture below)
Not cucumbers!
Jack Fruit! Sharp to the touch. I don't know much about it but
I did see it once on the Food Network show, "Chopped."
Don't know what these are, but they are beautiful!!!Ice Cream!
There were four of us, four flavors, and four pops in a box, so we each bought a box and gave each other one. We were all able to try one of each flavor that way.

The Mango and Thai Tea flavors were sooooo delicious! However, none of us cared for the Ube+Bean or the Red Bean pops. Those two had actual beans in the ice cream! Messing with the extra creamy texture of the pops with whole stringy beans is not cool!

It was such a great day! We talked, stretched our comfort levels, explored, and laughed! The only thing that could have made the market experience any better would have been samples. There were so many things we had never seen, heard of, or tasted. Next time!

And there will be a next time for me. So far, that is the only place I know of to get fresh lemon grass which is a key ingredient in my Tom Khan Soup (Thai).

1 comment:

Shannon said...

It was a full-on sensory experience + fabulous!