Saturday, February 14, 2009
Skydiving into 1st Chinese BBQ
For my brother's birthday, he, I and some buddies went skydiving!!! I had been wanting to go for a long time and who better to dive with than my brother? By the way, that's not my brother to whom I'm attached, just in case you were wondering.
One thing about skydiving they don't tell you is that it's a lot like your favorite roller coaster. We were all excited, woke up before the sun rose, got there early just to wait. We waited for nearly two hours AFTER the instructional video. So from the time we got there to the time we jumped was nearly 4 hours. What a bummer. At least at Six Flags I could be munching on a corndog while I wait. No such luck here. By the time their little cafe opened, it was T minus 15 minutes on the launch sequence and I wanted to make sure the only thing projecting from me was the parachute.
So by the time we got back in town, it was well past lunch time and even the adrenaline rush couldn't fight off the grouchy monster and hunger demon. So we went straight to 1st Chinese BBQ for stuff our faces with roasted meat.
Their roast pork is tender, moist love wrapped in crispy happiness. It's slow roasted and then finished with a blow-torch to the skin. It's like a salty, meaty creme brulee.
Red is a suitable color for the sweet char siu (barbecued pork) since it represents the warmth the pork brought to our stomachs and hearts.
This is one of my favorite dishes, roasted duck. Unfortunately, this time they gave me mostly the bottom half of the bird so I didn't get to enjoy all that meaty goodness of the breasts. But at the time I was too hungry to send anything back.
To make ourselves feel better, we ordered a dish of ong choy (water spinach). Never mind that it was drenched in oil and possibly the fat drippings from all the roasted meat. It was green, leafy and teeming with garlic, which lots of health and anti-vampiric benefits.
So after waking up at 6:30 and fasting until 1:30, our skydiving meal was much like this blog...few words with the focus on the food.