A couple months ago, a friend and I were in New York City and were craving Asian food. We decided to try this noodle place called Tasty hand-pulled Noodles Inc – not the most creative name, pretty much sums up what they are known for. They offer both dry and soup noodles. We shared one noodle dish – the dry duck pulled noodles. I love hand-pulled noodles because the texture of the noodles is different than your ordinary boxed noodles and much more chewy! The noodle texture and flavor was good! Unfortunately, they were too greasy for our liking. I know Chinese food can be greasy, but I had higher expectations for this please. I would definitely go again and perhaps try the soup noodles – maybe those would be less greasy.


Not a very original name


Way-too-greasy duck noodles

Hello!

Last weekend, my mom and little sister came into town for my graduation on Monday, so we got to do some exploring in the city. We visited the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, a display of hundreds of different types of lanterns. It would definitely be cooler to visit at night, when the lanterns are lit, but nighttime tickets can get pricey, and daytime admission is completely free! They still look pretty cool, even during the day. See below for just a small taste of the many different lanterns.

The famous Terra Cotta Warriors in lantern form

An underwater lantern world

A walkway with all of the Chinese zodiac animals as lanterns lining both sides

Panda lanterns – so cute!

My pictures definitely do not do the display justice. It was pretty cool, even though we did not get to see them lit up at night!

~attrace

It’s a bit strange that since I’m Asian you’d think I would eat more Chinese food. I mean, I do know how to make a fair amount of different foods, and especially living in San Francisco you’d think I’d eat more Chinese food simply because I have access to it all the time. In fact, eating Chinese food is quite the rare event for me. Recently, I finally did get a chance to try Wonderland, which is only about 2 blocks from where I live. I had heard that this place is pretty good especially since they have many tofu and vegetarian options (including meatless chicken). I will say, the food here was quite good and considering it’s so close, if I were someone who ordered Chinese food more, I would definitely have this place on my short list of favorites!


Kung Pow Tofu


Salt and Pepper Meatless Chicken

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. At my school, we have three huge celebrations throughout the school year: Latino, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Our last big one in May is Asian/Pacific Islander. Our theme this year was Out of the Margins, Into the Light, which I thought was very appropriate considering the current social climate in our country. My students did so much to prepare for this celebration/presentation in a short amount of time. We read four books and learning about character, setting, and sequencing of events. We watched various videos about cultural customs in a number of different countries. Then we put it all together in a video to show the school. I can’t show you the video here online, but you can see a small glimpse of what we did below!


Wall display of some of our work


Just the cutest class picture ever!

As part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, my class read Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park. We did a bunch of exercises related to their book and as a finale, I decided to actually buy some Bee-Bim Bop and share it with the class. I had to buy it the night before so we had to heat it up and mix all the ingredients before trying it out. We talked about what is socially acceptable to do if you don’t like the food and I was really impressed by how they reacted to trying this new food. Then as a response, the students cut paper to make their own Bee-Bim Bops!


So excited!


Mixing all the ingredients


More mixing


Trying some Bee-Bim Bop!


Making their own Bee-Bim Bop with cut paper