question of the day

go to dance class or should i buy a whole chicken and make miến gà ?

in other word:

dancing – Pros 

dancing! it’s always nice!
get moving!
nice interaction with partner
boost self confidence + balance
get out of the house!

need to move again? i just done running!
i hungry!
i tired!
i want a quiet sunday evening at home!
miến gà–Pros 

noodle soups, yummmmm
noodle soups for the rest of the wk!

miến gà–cons 

need to buy a big pot NOW!
i starving!
i tired!

recipe for miến gà (chicken glass noodle soup)

from little sister

1 chicken (preferably fresh, else let defrosted for a couple of days in fridge)
3 brown onions
1 scallion bunch
1 cilantro bunch
fish sauce
1 bag of dry shitake mushroom
bean thread noodle (it’s very important to get the correct noodle here. packages look alike, but only 1 kind will give you the right stringy taste. all others will disintegrate and destroy the noodle soup!)


1) Fill water in BIG pot to 3/5 full, boil. Put ~ 1tbsp salt in.
2) Wash chicken + Peel 2 brown onions + soak about 10-15 mushrooms in a bucket of water.
3) When water is boiling, put chicken in gently, put 2 full uncut onions in.
4) After broth with chicken is boiling, lower the flame, but still let water boiling.
Scoop all foam floating at the top of water out.
5) Check when chicken is done by poking it with 1 chopstick.
If red (bloody) water flows out, continue to boil.
Try not to over cook the chicken. Breast done in ~1/2 hr.
When chicken is cooked, take it out and cut into pieces for eating later
6) Take soaked mushroom out of bucket, put in pot of boiling broth (should be gently boiling)
7) Marinate broth with fish sauce to *slightly* more salty than normal.

Slice 3rd onion into thin slices. Dice scallions and cilantro.
When ready to eat, use a smaller pot, take some broth in pot,
put 1 package of bean threads in, let boiling gently until bean threads
are no longer tough. Pour to large bowl. Add more broth as needed.
Put some warm chicken on top, some diced scallion and cilantro,
1-2 mushrooms, some thinly sliced brown onion.

If it’s not salty enough, put some fish sauce into a small bowl, and put in as needed.
Spicy sauce goes well with this. I prefer fresh chilly peppers.


Handel “Israel in Egypt”, part 2

wow, that was a niiiiice evening! i’m sold now on Handel, anything of his around here, i’ll show up!
before i get started, i just have to say the lead-violinist, woow, she (or rather her violin, or both…) owns me this night, just speechlessly amazing.

so, it seems i normally don’t have much to say after such a concert, except to perhaps provide a few links for listening. may be tomorrow i’ll come up with better words to describe my feelings.

The whole evening, the violin section got almost all of my attention (in addition to the chorus, but i was very close to the string, soo close to hear fully the wonderful sound of the baroque violins…) The chorus is absolutely amazing of course, especialy from the 7th row (any closer and i wouldn’t see the singers in the back.) but, let’s skip all the way to the 2nd part to hear Handel’s change of pace (just quite amazing to hear this within split seconds). This is the part where the Israeli were on their way, with Pharaoh and his people chasing behind:

vengeful mood: “He (God) smote all the first-born Egypt, the chief of all their strength.”

to tender mood: “But as for his people, he led them forth like sheep

now skipping to 3rd part for now because that’s what i still remember and because that’s where there was a ton of exchanges between violin and soprano duet, violin and woodwinds, cello+bass to bass duet, and everything else in this 1 clip 🙂