Sorry again for the delay in posting, but I was feeling under the weather and on top of that, I had to travel to the US. August was a trip, a road trip, that is! My daughter and I spent about a week and a half together, driving from state to state visiting prospective college campuses, and trying not to drive each other crazy in the process. We couldn't reach a compromise, holding back the questions during the student-guided tours (me) or trying to stay awake and keep the driver company during those LONG hours on the interstate (daughter), but we survived.
One of my last stops before heading home to Tokyo, was LA. I was able to meet up with an old college buddy, who now resides there, and he and his hubby took me to a dim sum restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Empress Pavilion is well known to Los Angelites, and sure enough, when we arrived relatively early at 11am, it was already packed. The reality of being in LA was brought home when my friend mentioned that the guy sitting at a table across from us looked familiar. Turns out he's one of the stars of the TV show, "The Big Bang Theory." He won an Emmy later that evening for best lead actor in a comedy series and deservedly so; it is a wickedly funny and needless to say, smart, show.
Fast forward to the present; I am scouring the bookshelves high and low for my copy of Pride and Prejudice, per my daughter's request since she'll be needing it soon for her English class. Of course, the search came to a halt when I happened across some of my father's old cookbooks from Hawaii. I started leafing through one and my eye caught a recipe for fun (noodle). Boy, was I excited! I can try to re-create one of my favorite dim sum dishes I had at Empress Pavilion, cheung fun. After a miserable first batch (because I didn't follow the instructions of cooling the pan in cold water!), the rest came out pretty good. The recipe doesn't provide a yield, but I estimate about 6-8 rounds of noodles. I made my noodles smaller, in a 6 inch cake pan since my bamboo steamer is on the tiny side.