Jun 22, 2009
Mienh-style liang fen is fun!

After exhausting the search for any mention of Mienh-style liang fen (translated from Chinese means “cold noodles”), I decided the burden was up to me to document one of my favorite home-cooked dishes.

If you do a search for “liang fen” through Google (or Yahoo, sigh), you can find a variety of ways the originators prepare it. Make sure you use the image search for a better idea of the diversity. Apparently, the Chinese don’t eat the liang fen with a soup. It seems they prepare it with a sauce, a dollop of flavor. Methinks that Marco Polo missed this treat so much on his trip to “the Orient” that when he returned home, sa-pa-ghe-tee was born.

Anyway, here’s an idea of similar dish from Southeast Asia:

I’d provide the recipe, but I have no idea how to make it. Only how to eat it. Har.

Jun 20, 2009
Yeo’s Soy Bean Drink: Authentic Asian Drink

I want to avoid calling “thuppo wum” “soymilk” because if my memory serves me correctly, Ming Tsai explained the difference between soymilk and soyjuice distinctly. I can’t quote him on it, but soymilk is when the soy bean is grinded back in with the boiled juice. On the other hand, soy juice is the byproduct of boiling the soy beans in water, then discarding the beans. And having tasted Yeo’s versus the craptastic “healthy” soymilk, I would think that Yeo’s doesn’t serve me any benefit besides satisfying my sweet tooth and that is the one I prefer.
I don’t want to call Yeo’s Soy Bean Drink soymilk because, for the obvious reason, Yeo’s doesn’t call it soymilk. It might technically be processed as soymilk, but that stuff goes down smooth so I don’t think there is a high ratio of beans in there if any. Unlike that nasty Silk, which looks like baby formula and tastes like a mouthful of glue, Yeo’s is sweet and light.
And to make a reference to another Asian drink I enjoy, there’s Vitasoy’s Coconut Soya Drink, which is a blend of cocunut and soy. It’s a creamy, sweet and even blend and for the American taste buds, it’s a refreshing tropical flavor that isn’t too alienating. Is it better than Piña colada? Sometimes. I’m a sucker for either one, as long as you’re paying.