on the menu: deluxe ramen






 Ramen is so ripe for improvement, the brands you can find at Asian markets especially so. I add all manner of enhancements and it seems I cannot go wrong. The most flexible dishes are often the most reliable, too, I think.

Prime candidates include: egg, cabbage (a lot), scallions, ginger (a lot), garlic, lemongrass, sesame seeds, sesame oil (a lot), bouillon, miso paste, mirin, hot pepper (whole or flakes), soy sauce (a little, maybe), carrots, celery (a lot), any other vegetables that seem amenable…


on the menu: pho!


Pretty pleased with my first pho attempt. Used this recipe, roughly. I had with it that kind of pseudo-success that gives me the impression I can do much better next time. I am so sure of this that it is almost as if I have already done it so well as I soon will.

Of course I would like a dish that is almost wholly made up of garnish.