Om Sweet Om –> Home Sweet Home

July 30, 2010 § 24 Comments

Hello my lovely bloggettes!

I’m sure you’re glad that I made it safe and sound and in one piece to Taiwan.

The flight was actually pretty eventful–I slept a couple of times for a couple of hours each. The rest of the time was spent reading and watching some pretty darn good flicks.

Not a fan of Robert Pattinson, but this was actually not bad. The ending was pretty sad :(.

Cool effects and mythical creatures.

Hilarious movie, not to mention how hot Jennifer Aniston was in this film (actually, I can't think of when she ISN'T hot).

You won't stop laughing one minute in this movie. I've actually seen this in theaters already, but I couldn't help but want to have another round of chuckles on the flight.

Anyhooz, I arrived in Taiwan about 6am (local time) just this morning (Friday here). First thing I do? Go to a yoga class at my usual yoga studio. This is something I always do. While my high school friends, who come back home to Taiwan after the semester finishes, would either hit up their fave restaurants for some munchin’, I hit up the yoga studio. With style too. This is how I get through my jet lag and the time difference. I know if I spend the day at home just sitting around, I’ll be more likely to fall asleep, and that’s a BIG no-no when you’re trying to adjust Cali time to Taiwan time.

Okay, I did eat a lil somethin’ before dashing off to yoga. My appetite has been wonky since the flight, so my “breakfast” was a bowl of homemade silver fungus and lotus seed soup.

Okay I agree. The name itself is enough to make you barf a little in your mouth (sorry to those eating breakfast right now!). But you must remember, that mushrooms are a type of fungus too! Silver fungus (aka white tree ear fungus, snow fungus) contains…

much iron, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. The fat and gum like protein in it is especially nourishing to the body. It is considered a good supplement to the body. Stew white fungus with rock sugar lubricates the colon and stimulates peristalsis. Thus, it is a mild laxative for constipation patients. White fungus is also said to be effective in nourishing the lungs, healing dry cough and clearing heat in the lungs.” [Taken from this source]

This is a sweet soup that can be consumed warm (winter) or cold (in summer).

Lotus seeds, on the other hand…

“…in traditional Chinese medicine is said to be beneficial for the heart, tone the spleen and kidneys, prevent insomnia, and calm the nerves. Lotus seeds have astringent properties, which makes them helpful in relieving the symptoms of diarrhea and improving appetite. In Buddhist traditions, the ‘Sacred Lotus’ is a symbol of vitality and purity.” [Taken from here]

I guess enough of the fungus and seed talk here. So I dragged my jetlagged butt to yoga today, got some 90 min of sweating (boy did THAT feel good after being tied down sitting for 13 hours!), and SNAP! I was awakkkkeee! It was also nice to catch up with my yoga teacher and some of my fellow yoginis (whom I know since high school when I still lived here).

Post-yoga, my mom and I hit up the store for some veggies and bread. And this is also very typical of larger supermarkets in Taiwan. Now girls (guys), don’t freak out.

Prepackaged sushi of all sorts. AND fresh too!

For some reason my appetite’s been kind of off today, so all I had post yoga was this yummy fresh celery fruit juice I got at the food court.

Celery fruit juice that almost tipped over while I was trying to take a picture of it in the car. And no, I wasn't driving.

It was back home after our mini shopping trip. Both my mom and I were in an afternoon slump (Me because of jetlag kicking in again, her because she had to wake up early to come with my Dad to pick me up at the airport). So, we decided to whip out the present that I got her.

We do have Starbucks here in Taiwan, but I don’t believe they sold Starbucks Via here. I chanced that notion and bought one packet to bring back. She loved it! (As did I)

Guess what else we found?

Cheddar Cheese Kettle Corn. Y’all know how much I love kettle corn, and this company had all sorts of flavas! Flavas include: dark chocolate, caramel, strawberry, plain, cheddar, and seaweed. We tried all of ’em, and decided Cheddar was the one to come home with us! 😀

I hung out with my new-found love (I’m kidding, Dmitri!) with an indifferent kitty cat. What a great sport she is.

Hi, my name is Mei-mei (Little Sister in Mandarin), and I like to stick my butt towards the camera.

You know what? I think I like my new “reading blog” time. Usually I read blogs after dinner, which is when everyone (well almost) decides to post. And no matter how hard I try to keep up, new posts pop up faster than I can read. But now, because my evenings will be when all you guys are soundly asleep in your bed, I can check off reads on my Reader leisurely, without stress! Muahaha I’m down to 5 more to go :D.

Want to see the typical meal fare in our family?

Our food is usually served "family style," so this is what I grabbed on my plate.

On the left is a type of Chinese veggie which literally translates to "Dragon whiskers." Yep see those curly thing? Dragon whiskers! On the right is just sauteed Chinese cabbage.

HOME-MADE SUSHI ROLLS! a la ma mere 🙂

Another weird one but definitel one of my FAVORITE MUSHROOMS! Yes, literally translated, these are called "Monkey heads" mushrooms. They're a little fuzzy, and very chewy. A-to-the-FRIKKIN-mazing!

You’re probably wondering what those stuff in the homemade sushi rolls are. Well, they’re actually “Taiwanese” sushi rolls. In America, we eat “Americanized” sushi rolls. Nowhere in Japan will you find California roll, Dragon rolls, Hawaiian rolls, Some-other-crazy-named-rolls…Nope. The most popular roll in Japan is probably the “Maki Sushi” roll. They’re usually stuffed HUGE (about 2 times the diameter of your regular Cali roll) with steamed egg, some pickled cucumbers and veggies, and some sort of cooked fish. In Taiwan, we like to make our sushi with cucumbers, steamed eggs, pickled veggies, and dried pork floss (or rousong). My mom made cucumber avocado rolls, both with vegan dried pork floss rolls.

And voila. That concludes my first day back home. I’m sure most of you are still waking up to a beautiful Friday at this point, while I’m concluding my Friday. I almost feel like I time-traveled! :mrgreen:

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§ 24 Responses to Om Sweet Om –> Home Sweet Home

  • chelsey says:

    Have fuuun!!! I love to travel, but jet lag, in better terms, blows!

    I love all the interesting foods that Taiwan has to offer you!

  • Kat says:

    Thats so crazy that I am awake on Fridasy and now your in bed haha you are so far away!! It must be great to be home. Enjoy the time you have there! And btw, major props for hitting up your yoga studio!!

  • Kate says:

    Oh my gosh, your dinner looks amazing! I’m so jealous! 🙂 Hope you have a great trip! Long flights always take a toll on your bod, so good for you for going to yoga right away!

  • I am actually just waking up on Friday morning 😉 But I’m glad that you made it home safe and sound. Travelling is wonderful, but I really, really hate jet lag. The last time I travelled overseas to Europe, I ended up falling asleep like an hour after I got “home” and slept for the rest of the day and through the whole night as well. So I woke up in the morning, and adjusted pretty well lol.

    All of the food over there looks so interesting and unique… I can’t say I’ve honestly ever had fungus soup 😉 or celery juice, but I’d definitely be willing to try them.

    Hope you’re doing well, girlie! You’re lucky to be in the Google Reader “safe zone”… I hate reading after dinner and having new posts pop up faster than I can knock em down too!

  • Oh man, allmoosstt all of that food looks so so good. I love sushi. I get intense cravings for it all the time.
    I am glad you made it all in one peice and healthy. I am en route to Tibet and I gave myself food poisoning by under cooking chicken which has then led to me getting strep throat from barfing in the nasty airplane bathroom. Its so much worse when you do it to yourselffff

  • thehungryscholar says:

    Yay for a safe trip!

    I haven’t had kettle corn for a long time. Our local farmers market has a kettle core stand, so I should get on that.

  • Glad you made it safe and sound. And I hope you flew China Airways, because that means I too can look forward to such quality films haha. I loved getting a little preview of things I might be seeing/eating sometime in the VERY near future 😉 Very, very reassuring. You’ll have to let me know where your yoga studio is!

    Anyway, ENJOY your time at home!

  • actorsdiet says:

    i love seeing taiwan on food blogs! i haven’t been there since i was 18 – over 15 years ago! i know it’s changed a lot.

  • Tina says:

    I bet yoga felt amazing after a long flight! Stretching out all those muscles. Sounds really good.

    And I know what you mean about the Google Reader explosion at night time. It is too hard to keep up.

  • Monet says:

    This has been such a fun post! I love to travel and your pictures and words are making me want to book a trip to Taiwan! I loved seeing the unusual (to me) foods you and your family enjoy. I love Asian food, and I can imagine that I would enjoy every bite. How far is Taiwan from Japan?

    • It’s about an hour flight if you fly from the very northern tip of Taiwan to the very southern end of Japan. It takes about 3 hours if you fly to Tokyo. Hehe sorry I don’t have the number of miles at the top of my head 😛

  • highonhealthy says:

    Yuuuum! Your dinner, and even the fungus soup, looks amazing! I’m not even hungry but that makes me kind of munchy.

    I wish my timezone was really different so that I could read while everyone was sleeping. It’s taken me days but I’m almost down to ZERO on my reader. Phew. It’s been hard work.

  • April says:

    OMG, that sushi…I so wish there was that much variety of fresh sushi in grocery stores in NC!

    I’m glad to hear you got to Taiwan safe 🙂 Have fun! How long will you be there?

  • sophia says:

    I LOVE rou song! For me, I don’t know the meaning of jet lag because my sleep pattern is all messed up anyway, but exercise is key to snapping out of it, for sure. You’re the wise one!

  • Pinjing says:

    I’ve recently started reading your lovely blog but haven’t really commented until now . . . this post really made me homesick for Taiwan! I’m loving this series of posts; hope you enjoy your time!

  • Run Sarah says:

    The food there looks amazing! Love all of the fresh sushi – your mom’s rolls look so delicious, yum.

  • kaztronomic says:

    I hope that this doesn’t sound weird, but I LOVE seeing what people in other countries eat. I actually found this post to be very interesting and now I found new foods I want to try. 😀

    Mornings are insane for reader, too. I tend to read about 10-11 am California time, and it actually takes a couple hours to get them all read. x)

  • Carla says:

    Glad you made it home safely. Everything looks super delicious!..especially the sushi! YUM!!! I love that you went to yoga as soon as you got home. I haven’t practiced in awhile (probably a couple of months) and you’ve inspired me to do a lil downward dog right now. Thanx!!:)

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