right now i am hungry for some mi xian. its impossible to get in nebraska for sure...and pretty much impossible to get stateside, though i know there are a few yunnan restaurants out there somewhere.
its been a while since i made some. the main problem is getting the right rice noodles. typically i use the dried guilin rice vermicelli when i "attempt" to make something like mi xian - which is fine enough, you could use fresh round vietnamese rice noodles. the real troublesome ingredient is decent, FRESH jiu cai (aka chives). i really love to use the jiu cai hua'er (the chives with flower bud).
as it has been a while - since summer last year for the real thing, i am salivating over some old pics of version of mi xian i have made in the past here in omaha:
(un)fortunately we have a political and cultural field (i am talking of the heidegger type of field) of homer simpsons (as much as i love the simpsons) who have put crayons up either their left or right nostrils....and when you cram the goddamn thing up there it is damn hard to tell which one...not to mention what the difference is.
|a few pix from 798 factory in beijing
following are a few photos i shot at 798 factory, dashanzi, chaoyang district, beijing. the first 4 pix are at 798 photo gallery. pictured is my friend "ye zi" (aka kurt ye, ye xiang) whom works in the photo gallery - mainly in the photo lab, but also on the floor when an english speaker is needed. at present he is a young photogragher endeavoring to find his own visual language. he is a childhood friend of xiao rong, the lead singer of the seminal beijing punk band, brain failure. the last 3 photos are of the 798 gallery space.
in the past two days i have made giant bowls of mixian for lunch. damn, i miss kunming food. there's actually a fairly new restaurant (guangzhou style - btgweb.com) here that has guoqiao mixian on their menu. i wish i hadn't tried it on sunday - it totally sucked (i should have had dimsum type stuff). anyway, i prefer just ordinary mixian.
i was chatting with a waitress (at btgweb.com) who had just come over to the u.s. from guangzhou 8 months ago. at some point i brought up the topic of chinese rock (what a fucking surprise). funny enough, i mentioned wang lei (and that i chat with him on the net from time to time) and she said that she actually had met him and went to one of his previous bars.
this blue and white marble we call earth is indeed a small world. i went to lincoln for the unl cssa spring festival party in january. one of the performers was a guzheng player (a grad student in music education) who studied at the china music conservatory while wang yong was teaching composition, etc. etc. strangely, that is the second guzheng musician i have met (that was a few years ago) in nebraska who studied at the china music conservatory and whom knows wang yong.
i started a cui jian yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cuijian/
) today and joined about 100 other yahoo groups to begin spreading the word of cui jian's upcoming u.s. and canadian tour. i had no clue there were so many chinese student groups on yahoo nearly fried my eyes searching yahoo groups and joining them. after staring at the computer monitor for hours and not eating for 9 hours i had to get out of the apartment: went to korea king for a big meal with the intention of taking home leftovers.