So the family gathered together for a dinner. Dad was cooking and wanted to impress us with his new skills. Sure, I was willing to be a guinea pig for one night.
To start,we had some soup. It was shitake mushrooms, dried scallops, and chicken stocked braised in a whole melon. I didn't get a pick of the melon before everything was scooped out, including the melon pulp. The soup was okay. The mushrooms actually made it quite bitter. Maybe he should have pre-cooked them first. Otherwise, it was a really rich soup with the homemade chicken stock and dried scallops. The melon taste completely disappeared. It would have been nice to taste the sweet pulp.
And on to dinner. First up, stir fried sliced beef and Chinese broccoli. I have never seen Chinese broccoli this thick! It was ridiculous. I know it was sliced on a bias but it was stick crazy. However, I was told that the thicker the stem, the better the Chinese broccoli is supposed to be. Unfortunately, I'm a leafy vegetable lover. I like the thinner stems and leaves better. This was too thick and thought that it was difficult to eat. The broccoli seemed either overcooked or old. The beef was good though. Tender and still juicy.