Homemade Food Comforts the Heart

Ferline Ayo, Reporter

Our House – Our Food

The food eaten in our household is usually homemade soup, stir fry, or any marinated meat put into the oven. Rather than eating out, we often stay home and cook traditional meals learned from either side of my family, Filipino or Cambodian. Homemade food to us is normal. You could say it’s a daily routine since we cook each day with the exception of just eating leftovers the following day if we’re too lazy to cook. Since it’s an Asian household, visitors who are new to this style of cooking are often satisfied with our dishes.

Good food, 7/5 because it was good food.

— Jorge Alcaraz

Where’s this house? – It’s a Secret

The location of our house isn’t too far from Chavez. At most, it is about 20 minutes walking distance. We’re very welcoming and often offer our visitors to sit down and eat. Our house was originally a KB model home in 2006. We didn’t move into the house until summer of 2009 and have been living there since. If you happen to be passing by our house while we’re cooking, you’ll be able to smell the aromas that spew out our open garage, backyard door, and front door. We usually crack those open a little while cooking so our house isn’t too stuffy with the smells from our dishes.

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Homemade Pork Stir Fry

We often use any type of meat to cook into our stir fry and cooked with a mixture of vegetables. We focus on texture when it comes to picking vegetables that way it goes with the tenderness of the fried pork. Its smell is sweet because of the hoisin sauce along with its savory flavor from the soy sauce and other seasoning added to it. The chopped green onions placed on top of the stir fry gives it a hint of flavor; it also adds a little more color to the stir fry. You have to wait several minutes after the dish has finished cooking because it is pretty hot and you’re likely to burn your tongue if you’re not patient enough. However, if you’re impatient and extremely hungry you can just blow each spoonful that way you can finally taste the deliciousness of some homemade Asian food.

Why Rice? – Not Just Any Rice… White Rice

Rice is always the secondary food. You would think it’s the main food considering we’re always eating it, but it’s NOT! There isn’t really a smell to white rice despite the light aroma from the steam of the rice that seems indescribable. The temperature is usually hotter than the actual dish itself. Therefore, it takes longer to cool down but you could always just blow it until it’s cool. Taste? Most people wouldn’t really say white rice has a taste. Which explains why it’s eaten with flavorful food such as stir fry or barbecued chicken. The texture all depends on how it’s preferred. For example, if you want moist rice add more water or if you want dry rice add less water. Us Asians seem to eat rice 24/7, yet it seems a little challenging when it comes to describing it.

A Hint of Modern-Asian

Of course at a family home, especially our family home, has hospitality. We assure that our guests are not hungry and often offer them food. It’s also common for most Asian households to continuously offer food to our guests even when they say they’re not hungry. The decor of our house isn’t anything too new but it is neither old nor vintage. It’s weird to say, but it is best described as any ordinary Asian-American home. We have a regular dinner table fit for four, along with a rice dispenser beside the island counter and a rack filled with sweets and potatoes. That’s as detailed as a our Asian-American house can get.

Come Over and Eat

We welcome most people who show great appreciation for being invited into our household, especially when it’s an invite to come eat. Whether it’s for a birthday party, holiday, or just a regular day we have so much homemade food most people would die for. I highly recommend the homemade food to anyone who loves food. If you’ve never had an authentic Asian homemade meal, why not come to my house and try it out? Or maybe just ask an Asian friend of yours. Just be subtle about it, not every Asian always cooks chow mein back at home. We rarely do.

I like to go over to Ferline’s house to eat.

— Sonya Jones