We also got 10 hot wings and 10 medium wings. They probably would have been crispy, but these sat in the styrofoam container longer than they probably should have. If you eat them in, I bet they’d be good.
“Hot” is also a subjective term. We thought that we were first eating the mild wings, but when we started on the second batch of wings, uh, nope. They were orange, but that was about it. Red Front, turn that heat up on them wangs!
Since it was New Year’s Eve, the Captain made an appearance.
The boys in action! CVS did some kitchen time first, and Albany John prepped.
And either I forgot to take a picture, or Blogger decided not to upload it, but… his second dish was a mixture of shrimp, long peppers & fresh shiitake mushrooms. This was my favorite of all of his dishes. Hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The fresh shiitakes were a treat – much lighter than they are when reconsituted from dry, but much meatier than a portobello could ever be.
It was an interesting two dishes, since they were both so opposite of eachother – one very sweet, the other salty and spicy.
Briny and sweet, it was love at first bite. The shrimp almost popped in my mouth. The carrots and cukes were seasoned with rice wine and rice wine vinegar and a bit of water. The miso shallot sauce rounded out the veggies and the shrimp giving this dish a deliciously even flavor profile – evenly salty, sweet, and richly vegetal.
His second dish was a shrimp soup that also decided not to upload, but it was also good. A chicken broth base with thin slices of beef, shiitakes, and soy bean sprouts. A wedge of lime was included, which really rounded out the flavors. Without the lime it was a little bit busy. A very Thai dish – sweet, tart, savory, and spicy.
The mister’s third dish was probably the clunker of the night. Shrimp, green baby eggplant, potatoes, and carrot on top of millet. The flavors were flat and oddly incongruous with each other. I mostly picked the shrimp out of mine. I think the eggplant could have used a little bit of salting or something – its blandness might have been what was overwhelming the dish and draging the flavor down. Manhattan Maka and I loved this dish of lightly stirfried shrimp with white pepper, bok choy leaves, and shallots. This was a much-needed cleanser dish. It was so light and refreshing – everything was so very complimentary. Shallots were lightly cooked and true to flavor, which really enhanced the simple preparation of the shrimp. The shrimp being cut into bits was also cute!
A dessert dish – custard with lychee-mango syrup with a fried custardy shrimp dumpling and fried dumpling skins.
Holy crap, I never knew Albany John could bake custard! It was delicious – lightly sweet and eggy. Very smooth. The lychee syrup had me flipping out! He was pulling out a secret card – the Albany-Jane-
While I loved the syrup, the shrimp dumpling was a little out of place. It would have been best on its own. Actually, about a dozen of them would have been even better.
CVS hopped in the kitchen to create his final dish – Shrimp, snowpeas & peppers. HOLY MOTHER, this was freaking H-O-T! It was very spicy and very salty, even for me. The saltiness, that is. Overwhelmingly salty.
CVS also brought out a dish he did not want ‘judged’. It was shrimp he’d poached in oil earlier, which were a bit overcooked after sitting for a bit. A good choice on his part -these were pleasantly salty, but also overcooked.
The result – two incredibly stuffed girlies who took a good 20 minutes to deliberate a… DRAW!
They both cooked up such great meals we honestly could not decide. You might be thinking “Sure, riiiight. You two just didn’t want to play favorites, or voted for your own guy!”. To which we’d say, “Nope, do you think we play favorites when it comes to food? Oh, come on. We care about them, but we’re not going to baby anyone.”
How they put up with us, I’ll never know.
So yes, brother against brother, these two were raised well. Really well. With both highs and lows from both of them, they matched up to a draw. Man, and Manhattan Maka and I were really hoping to declare a winner! We need a 3rd person next time.
Also, now I know why multi-course meals are so filling! Sure, it looks like a little bit on the plate, but damn are they ever filling! We ate almost all of the shrimp by the end of the night (6 were left) and Manhattan Maka and I had aching tummies as we plodded off to bed. I even had a dream that Albany John and CVS were still cooking, giving me more shrimp to eat. I woke up clutching my stomach going “Oouuuhhhh. Nooooo.”
And because we’re awesome like that – we were drinking bubbles out of plastic cups. Don’t let Manhattan Maka and me anywhere near bubbly. We’re like bottomless cups!