Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lychee & Jung

And now, dear brother will demonstrate how to eat a lychee:

1. Take a ripe lychee (you'll find the green-ish ones are still bitter) and wash it.

2. Cut a circle around the stem with a knife. Pluck the stem off, then, holding the fruit carefully, squeeze it to pop the lychee right into your mouth.

3. Eat the grape-like fruit part that resembles a juicy tropical flower. Avoid the seed, as its slightly poisonous.

4. Discard shell and seed.

If you don't have a knife, or you're too lazy to use one, dig in with your teeth. They work just as well.

Source: wikiHow.

Would you like some jung with that? Jung (or zong, in Mandarin), is a traditional Chinese food made of glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo leaves. In the Western world, they are known as Chinese tamales. Typically, ingredients include mushroom, sausage, egg and pine nuts.

Great-Grandma's approaching the 101-year-old mark and she still pops out these babies like nobody's business. She doesn't even use a recipe: it's all in her head. Exceptional memory, no? Her other specialties include ha gow and tapioca starch cakes (kind of like the Chinese version of ddukbokki, but made of tapioca and not rice).

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