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Fighting a cold out here, which lends itself well to a pack of strange new foods I got from H-Mart the other day. I got dried pollock strips, which I saw on a recipe blog and thought would be quite tasty, as well as a bag of dried brown rice cakes. The pollock strips are exactly what they say they are, which is dried fish, no salt or spices on top. This is a bit unusual for me, as almost all the dried seafood I've had in Southeast Asia is usually salted or fermented half to death. The reconstituted pollock (used in soup) has a crumbly texture not unlike salt cod (another big favourite of mine, which I haven't yet been able to find in SF), and the flavour is that of clean white fish. Again, since there is no salt, it depends on the broth it's cooked in for taste. The brown rice cakes were supposed to have a texture like udon and do, but with that vague gritty brown rice mouthfeel I really like. I also got a bottle of anchovy stock, which tastes like a milder form of the anchovy granules we get in Malaysia, also used in soups and sauces.

All these ingredients are put together in a kind of Korean hangover soup. I don't know about hangovers, but it works a treat for a cold. I'm finding that I actually get cravings for the pollock. Since I am deeply fond of cod, and pollock is one of the relatively safe substitutes, I would like to try finding it at local fish markets fresh.

I also got three different kinds of naengmyun (cold noodles). There's the dark, rich arrowroot one, which I like, the sweet potato version, which is what I had when I was in KL, and a straight buckwheat version I actually found quite pleasing, akin to soba, but with the springy bite of Korean cold noodles.

The cat seems to be having a urinary tract infection, the poor bird. She exploded in a leak on one of our chairs yesterday evening, onto two of Seth's coats and part of the floor. I couldn't figure out which creature's pitiful cries I wanted to comfort more, Sif's or the spouse's. She's clearly still having some pain today, but has gotten enough rest and liquids. We have her scheduled for the vet on Friday, and will be watching her in case we do have to take her into ER. Sif seems happy enough with a tiny amount of dried pollock treat, which she asked for -- rare for our cat -- and she is every bit the lovable pudding she always is.

I'm sure Seth's leather jacket will be fine.

I kind of want to boil up some bone-based beef soup. It is rainy. I am too sick to go out in this weather, and someone needs to watch the cat. Sigh.


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Jun. 29th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Want me to smuggle you some sun-dried salt cod the next time I visit the US?
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Nah. I'm sure I'll be able to find it eventually. But thanks for the offer!
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I would love to just spend a week with you in the kitchen. :)

Poor Seth. Poor Sif!
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
also, that'll teach Seth to hang up his coats. XD
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
Har. I want to make jokes about being the obedient Asian wife here, but that would be rude. XD

Sif appears to still be infected. We're still trying to figure out if she's clearing up, so her Friday appointment will be okay, or if we have to take her in early. She's perfectly spoiled rotten otherwise.

I suspect if we are in the same kitchen together, there will be kitchen madness?
Jun. 30th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
But...but...the cat likes to sleep on my coats, usually! I'm doing her a favor by throwing it on the chair by the entrance!
Jul. 1st, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
This is true! We can't spoil Sif enough, and she looks adorable on your jackets. So we'll just have to take those inelegant moments with a pinch of salt.
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
"gritty brown rice mouthfeel" really made me laugh. I knew EXACTLY what you meant.

Hope you rebound quickly from the cold! The summer ones are the worst!!
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The first few months of summer in SF are chilly, then it's sore throat-causing warm for a few weeks.

Isn't the gritty brown rice mouthfeel awesome though? :D
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