Settling into life in PNW…

We are expecting Calliste to arrive in about 3 weeks, so in the meantime, we’ll make ourselves comfy around our temporary dwelling.

As I mentioned in the last post, we are staying at ESA Federal Way. This turned out well. We enjoyed having a kitchenette, the view was great, enjoyed the very nice 42″ flat screen TV and cable TV…. and the best part is, walkable distance to my temporary office… 25 mins in nice cool weather 🙂 … but who am I kidding… I drive to work everyday… so that I can drive back to the room for lunch 🙂

Only occasionally do we eat out. .. For lunch, I very much prefer to be back in the room eating leftovers or even cooking up a “out of this world” instant noodles 🙂 … and then watch some TV while eating. To me, this is more nutritional, cheaper and enjoyable than a quick meal at some loud lunch corner… unless its with some colleagues and we are bouncing ideas or gossiping 🙂

The beginning of a clam chowder in our little kitchenette.

The beginning of a clam chowder in our little kitchenette.

So where do I get ingredients and spices for my kind of cooking? Mostly Ranch 99! They have a amazing selection of fresh vegs, meat and seafood for very reasonable price. … and even frozen “Dodo” fishballs from Singapore! All ingredients for Chinese cooking is available and a great selection of instant noodle from every noodle eating Asian country! They don’t sell any of the cheap American junk noodle… if that’s what you were looking for… 😛

My Kway Tiao ... cooked in our little kitchenette with ingredients from Ranch 99.

My Kway Tiao … cooked in our little kitchenette with ingredients from Ranch 99.

Being here at PNW, seafood is abundantly available … but we like to get ours at the supermarkets 🙂 … maybe next time we’ll get the fishing license. .. but really… do we want to mess with fish flopping on deck? Fighting crabs with raised claws? …

Quite unbelievable to me, fresh “hor fun” (rice flour noodle) is available at Ranch 99! Its well made, really like back in Asian… Check out my soy sauce fried hor fun. Its not as good as Char Kway Tiao back home, but its just me that I dun use enuf oil and heat in frying. … well, its the healthy version… passable to my own taste. With practice it should get better..



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