i was working from home on tuesday, and when L came home from work i realized i still hadn’t eaten lunch. i whipped this up with a quickness for us, ’cause we were both starving. not that pretty, but it was good, and we were excited to eat it.
you’re looking at steamed chicken & vegetable gyoza (frozen from trader joe’s – i think they call them potstickers or dumplings… i forget), steamed broccoli, shiso brown rice onigiri, grape tomatoes, hard boiled egg with soy sauce, pieces of fresh water chestnut, and a little bowl of gyoza dipping sauce (topped with some toasted sesame seeds).
i highly suggest fresh water chestnuts if you haven’t tried them. i get them at one of the markets down in chinatown; they look like little chestnuts wrapped in shredded dirty paper… you would never know that something so refreshing is inside!. i had them for the first time on a trip to laos a few years back… somebody was selling them at the side of the road, and they became my favorite on the road snack. a bag of these and a pocket knife and you’re golden. they’re crunchy – reminiscent of jicama, only jucier, and with a bit of a different texture… creamier, almost. i’ll try to remember to update this with photos of the whole ones.