I love to eat. I love to try new places, cuisines... everything that I'm unfamiliar with,but its too expensive to eat out all the time. So whenever I taste something fabulous, I'll go home and try to copy the flavor. I strive for authenticity, especially for foods from cultures different from my own. I'm from a family that loves to experiment with different cuisines.. plus I'm Chinese, I eat pretty much EVERYthing.
I absolutely hate ghetto-fusion foods like: gringo sushi (all the weird rolls), pseudo Chinese food, etc.
I try my best to make everything from scratch, stocks, pie shells..etc, but sometimes, life gets in the way, so I have to resort to using prepared stuff.
I wish I had a more sensitive palate, as opposed to this uber picky one i have now- makes it very difficult to be satisfied with food.
My favorite things to cook
Too many! My usual weeknight dinner fares can range from roast chicken to baked fish, grilled lemon grass shrimp, lamp chops, pork medallions with some kind of homemade sauce (cherry, apple, cranberries or prunes). Weekends or special occasions could be a roast leg of lamb or turkey (keeps me in check for thanksgiving)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Japanese, Korean,Thai, Vietnamese,Cantonese, Hokkien,Teochew,SzeChuan,Singaporean, Malaysian,Indonesian,Indian, Italian,German,Russian and French fare.
My cooking triumphs
I don't know.. I'm like a kitchen engineer. I normally search a bunch of recipes, imagine how it works, figure out what makes sense, the possible outcome, improvements I could make happen, then work on it...More often than not, my dishes turn out preettty great
My cooking tragedies
NEVER SUCCESSFULLY COOKED A STEAK- N.E.V.E.R.- Too salty, overcook, undercooked... Bleah..i give up.