Photos by Hui-chen and MJ Klein
The other day I was sitting at Shao-hui’s place when Shao-hui herself came over to me and mentioned that it had been some time since we had a grill party in front of her place, and that she would like to have another one that week. Well, I don’t need a personal invitation like that, but it sure was nice hearing Shao-hui say it.
The day to have it turned out to be Thursday, and faster than you can say “mu tan” we had the charcoal lit!
I brought my mini kettle grill over and set it up outside of Shao-hui’s place.
Shao-hui did the marinade herself this time, and presented me with some huge slabs of what we call “fei ro” or “fatty meat” and we mean pork, of course.
I adjusted the air input on the bottom of the grill and then placed the cover on top. Remember, smoke is what flavors grilled food and the amount of smoke that was generated and cycled throughout the grill with the top on was considerable. The flavor of the cooked meat was awesome.
My friend John came down from Taipei to hang out and enjoy the food and drink (Sang Som of course!). Unfortunately his new bride Carrie couldn’t make it.
This is a shot of some of the meat, cut up on the serving plate. I’m a little light on the photographs due to the amount of alcohol consumed I think….
I love these late afternoon grill parties because then the evening descends and makes for a nice atmosphere.
I’m heating up my vegetable griller for the next course.
Hui-chen arrived, finally. She was busy with work.
John was busy with eating and drinking, and so was I!
Notice the jar on the table in front of Hui-chen. That’s Bootsy BBQ Sauce, and I’m going to do another story on that sometime. The Legend of Bootsy is making it’s way across Taiwan, slowly but surely.
Here I am, grilling vegetables right over the fire. The smoke flavored them quite well I would say.
Then, Saumen (right) and his friend John arrived. Notice the bottle of Sang Som – there is barely anything left. We ran across the street and got another bottle right away!
Not long after, our good friend Joanna arrived. It’s a rare treat to have Joanna hanging out with us because she is so busy usually.
There was so much food that we had to add another small table from inside. We’re working on the second bottle of the Royal Thai Rum here.
Left to right: Saumen, John, Joanna and Hui-chen (by this time Carrie’s husband John had to leave).
Number of bottles of Sang Som consumed: 2.5.
Amount of meat grilled and eaten: A lot.
Number of happy people: 6 (plus a few of Shao-hui’s customers and she herself).
Not shown: Drunken guitar playing.
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