Asian style Thanksgiving

01 Dec

Knock, knock, knock,  anyone here?

I know it’s been a week since Thanksgiving and I haven’t had a chance to post about my Thanksgiving *boo*
We were totally having an Asian style Thanksgiving – no stuffing, no bread, no sweet desserts, no mashed potatoes.

Anyway I’ll just use pics to tell the stories.

Thanksgiving lunch with my family

Overall view of the lunch

Vegan mixed stir fry veggies - ear mushrooms, carrots, celery and tofu...yummm!

Vegetarian stir fry noodles (my aunt's homemade noodles from scratch) stir fried with some of the vegan stir fry veggies

Minced green beans with scrambled eggs...I LOVE this thing!

This dish was actually for the dinner gathering at my aunt’s place. It’s called tekwan(pronounced: ték-wun), an Indonesian dish from a small town called Palembang (pronounced: puh-lam-bung”). Basically it’s a shrimp, fishballs and shredded jicama soup. It’s a simple dish but lots of work. Maybe in the future I might post the recipe here 🙂

Tekwan (pronounced tek-wun) - an Indonesian dish that my mom made...pretty much shrimp soup with fishballs

The soup

Fishballs made from fishcake (ground fish)

chili sauce to go with it

I ordered a Chinese style turkey from 99 Ranch market which had to be ordered 1-2 weeks before. It tasted pretty good, just a little bit on the salty side. Totally different from American style turkey. Just imagine those Chinese roasted duck and you’ll get the idea how Chinese turkey taste like 🙂

Cut it into pieces and brought some to my in-laws for dinner

Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws.
Can’t you believe my father-in-law cooked all of these? He’s amazing.

Only got one overall shot because we were late and I didn't want to make everyone waiting for me taking individual picture of each dish

Sticky rice dish

Went home with these organic fruits!

Persimmons! Fresh from K

Lemons! From my K's brother's fiance's parents' backyard

BLACK FRIDAY – I had to go to work but K had a day off. So he gave me a ride to work and later we had lunch together at Furaibo.

Miso soup and salad - part of the lunch specials.

My fun way eating the cold salad - mixed them into the warm miso soup..Yumm!

My dish - Originally I asked for New York steak dish but they ran out..BOO! So I asked for the broiled fish instead with more salad to sub the rice

K's dish - Korean BBQ dish

While I was working, K went to his parents’ place to chill. Better than walking around in a crowded stores or circling around the parking lot.

On our way back home, we stopped by Albertson’s to pick up some stuff. Gotta use that gift card 🙂

I ran out of Almond milk and too lazy to make them and wanna try Greek yogurt for the first time and I LOVE IT!

My mom got a chiffon cake recipe from my aunt when they were having Thanksgiving gathering so we made Chocolate Mocha Chiffon Cake during the weekend. I’ll do a separate post for this since this one has gotten quite long. But for now just enjoy the pic 🙂

Chocolate Moccha Chiffon Cake

What’s your favorite holiday foods?
I don’t have any particular favorite food because I am not a picky eater (as long it’s not overly salty/sweet/greasy). But for sure I like the stir fry veggies that I made on T-day.

What type of persimmons do you like? Do you like persimmons?
There are 2 types of persimmons: Fuyu (the ones that I have in the pic) and Hachiya (more oval shape).

I personally like Fuyu ones because they don’t get mushy when ripe (unless overripe). Hachiya ones on the other hand have to be really ripe to consume, otherwise you’ll get this nasty chalky taste in your mouth (I had that before..eww). I don’t like mushy fruits so Fuyu persimmons for me.

How different are you with your significant other?
K and I have lots of similarities in terms of food and lifestyle but we still have differences on some other parts.

Fashion: Believe it or not K has twice or three times more clothing than I do. LOL, very rare I know. It’s usually the other way around. He even occupies my walk in closet and another closet and still has some boxes of clothes in the garage. Heck, I’m even wearing one of his sweater because it’s a little too small for him. Seriously I need to shop more clothing.

Books/Stories: K likes the Twilight Sagas while I don’t even bother. On the other hand, K doesn’t get Harry Potter as I do as well.

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Since I started working at my current place, I can’t take a day off on Black Friday because that’s our busiest time (retail business). The only time I lined up early morning for Black Friday was 4-5 years ago in front of Best Buy. However, now I don’t even bother to go shop during the Thanksgiving weekend. It was waaay too crowded and I hate being in a crowd. It gives me headache. And I don’t have the patience to search for that particular clothing and go back and forth the fitting room to try it on. That explains why I don’t have much clothing..LOL.


Posted by on December 1, 2010 in food


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11 responses to “Asian style Thanksgiving

  1. Magic of Spice

    December 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The photos saw so much…everything looks so delicious 🙂
    Great Q n A 🙂

    • Jos

      December 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm


  2. Sagojyou

    December 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    OMG the noodle’s made from scratch?!?! 😯 Okay, that, I need a recipe of. And sure, put all the other recipes on here, will ya? 😀

    Yum yum…all the food is making me jealous here~! D:

    And about your recent post; they may be wrong sometimes, but don’t underestimate them too much 🙂

    • Jos

      December 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Yup noodles from scratch but they’re not vegan tho (used at least 6 whole eggs, that’s why I went easy on those) My aunt has the recipe and you need a pasta machine to do it…takes a lot of time, but I’ll make sure to post other recipes hehe..

  3. Hayley

    December 2, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I also do not like Twilight. I don’t understand why people think it is so genius, but I’ve given up trying!
    That looks like a very unique and beautiful Thanksgiving spread- glad you enjoyed!

    • Jos

      December 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

      Thanks 🙂

  4. squigglefloey

    December 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Haha your husband is into Twilight? That’s too cute! I can’t stand it!!! Neither can my boyfriend. Maybe we’re too old to get into it…? Not tweens anymore.
    Believe it or not we didn’t have an Asian style thanksgiving because my mom invited her sisters and brothers over for our thanksgiving dinner — and the next day my parents had dim sum with my dad’s family hehe.

    • Jos

      December 3, 2010 at 6:16 am

      LOL, seriously when he first listening to Twilight audio book (he’s not a book person btw) almost everytime he always told me what was happening in the story etc etc. As for me, Twilight is a little too childish but if I’m still in my teen now, I might enjoy it as well 😛

      Dim sum is good too..that’s definitely Asian, lol.

  5. lequan

    December 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    What a thanksgiving feast you guys had. Although I love holiday food, it doesn’t always have to be the traditional holiday food everytime. As long as I’m able to spend family time together, that’s the most important thing to me.

    I love fuyu persimmons. In fact, I just had 4 yesterday. I like them crunchy though.

    My hubby and I are the complete opposite. Guess that’s what makes us so great together.

    • Jos

      December 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

      Yup, I like fuyu ones as well for the same reason.

      And I guess the old saying opposites attract is totally true 🙂

      Have a good weekend!


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