What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Color of Food: Egg Drop Soup! Treat yourself to a Chinese favorite. Using only a few items, you can prepare a festive bowl of chicken broth flavored with green onion, plus a hint of ginger spice. Check out the silky ribbons of beaten eggs and curly wonton strips. Isn’t it pretty? You can do this.
EGG DROP SOUP
2 teaspoons corn starch
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups chicken broth
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup mushrooms, sliced and sautéed (optional)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 green onions
Fried wonton strips for garnish
In a 2-quart pan, combine corn starch, ground ginger, white pepper, and sea salt. Slowly pour chicken broth into the pan, stirring constantly to dissolve lumps. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. After two minutes, reduce heat to simmer. When the broth has thickened, place a whisk over the pan. Slowly pour beaten egg mixture over the whisk, swirling in a clockwise motion to create silky ribbons. Add sautéed mushrooms. Heat through. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle with droplets of sesame oil. Sprinkle green onion snips over soup. Garnish with fried wonton strips.
Dining Outside the Home: JJ’s Broiler in Lihue, Kauai. Even if you’re not a sport enthusiast, you can still get a healthy meal with an oceanfront view of Kalapaki Bay. Portions are generous, so sharing is encouraged. Order several menu items for a taste explosion of flavor. For starters, Crispy Won Tons with two dipping sauces is amazing: salty soy or hot mustard. Double-dipping allowed, as long as your partner doesn’t mind. The Cobb Salad is practically a vegetable garden on a platter. Crispy romaine lettuce provides a bed for chunks of turkey, ham, and bacon. Add avocado slices, chopped tomatoes, sliced eggs, and bleu cheese crumbles. Now you’re talking. Smother it with salad dressing, toss, and eat. Life doesn’t get any better than this.
Dining Outside the Home: House of Noodles in Old Kapaa Town, Kauai! Ever get a craving for a sweet and savory dish with a kick of spicy chili sauce and the crunch of cashews? If so, look no further than the House of Noodles in Kapaa. Inside you’ll find everything from classic Thai food, with just the right amount of fish sauce, to popular island pork, bathed in fresh herbs. Let your palate be the judge. For starters, check out the crispy pork wontons paired with a sweet dipping sauce. Mmmmm. It’s not only sinful, it’s delightful. Move on to your choice of homemade noodle soups, fresh salads, stir-fry vegetables, or buttered entrées. Whatever you choose, one thing’s for sure. You won’t walk away hungry!