Jogger: Friday is badminton night and the food options nearby are getting slim. This is my 4th visit to Pho99. I can’t say much about their pho since I only had it the first time I went there (disappointed by the amount of meat in the special) but the rest of the stuff is pretty good/decent. I don’t have much experience eating non-pho noodle dishes because I rarely order them in Vancouver since the pho is the main draw but with Pho99’s extensive menu (they even have frog and eel dishes!) I just had to try out some other dishes. Yesterday I tried the Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho (Hủ Tiếu - type of rice noodle; Bò kho - braised beef stew infused with star anise and lemongrass - thanks gastronomyblog.com) for the first time. It came a bit different than what I expected seeing as the Chinese description my friend translated came out to be “Ketchup (tomato) beef tendon noodle soup.” The taste itself is similar to the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup seeing as they both feature braised beef tendon but the noodles (like pho noodles) added a very different texture.
Memory: In Vancouver, Taiwanese beef noodles is present in all sitdown bubble tea places that offer food. I usually ordered this dish because it is a staple and was usually #1 on their menus so I assumed that it will probably be decent-tasting. Normally it is edible so no complaints there. In past years the interest in beef noodles rose and a famous Taiwanese chef opened up a ‘higher end’ beef noodle soup restaurant in Richmond. Their offerings were pricy but didn’t exactly live up to the hype and cost imho.
Once I went to Taiwan, the first thing we had to do was to eat BEEF NOODLES. My friend and I wandered the city of Taipei and found beef noodle places on the fly or through the tourist books we had with us. We only had the chance to try two as there are many other food choices in town, but they were both very goood. The one pictured above was a random place in one of the underground malls. Ordering was easy if you knew how to read Chinese as it was a simple tic tic tic of the type of noodle, soup, and beef you wanted in your bowl. I chose the thick noodles (so chewy!), dry soup (concentrated goodness!), and regular beef tendon. There are a lot of beef noodle places in Taipei - if only I could have tried them all!
Jogger: It’s raining. A pickup passed by and the water came up like a giant wave and hit me. It’s still raining. This isn’t Vancouver rain that just persists lightly…this is windy-get-all-your-clothes-wet rainy.
Memory: Singapore is notorious for rain -sudden, crazy thunderstorms. I remember once I was talking to my sister on the phone, but I had to go ‘speak up!’ because the thunder was going BOOOOMMMMM BBOOOOOMMMMM RUMBLEEEEE in the background. Walking around in this type of weather really sucked because then all your legs would get wet. Of course, people are walking around in flipflops and shorts all day so that isn’t that much of an issue but it is not very fun going through huge puddles in flip flops -think of all the germs!
NB. The video shows the rain falling on the stairway/walkway at my old Hall dormitory. Excuse the ending when I go ‘oopss’ when someone comes down and I hastily put the camera away to not look as creeper.
ETA. the rain tonight has been frightful. Wind + rain = scary.