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  • Recipe for Sri Lankan Coconut Sambal | Tony Wu Underwater Photography
    my genes It s so important in fact that it s a determining factor in where I spend time as well as how long I can stay Yummy food I can stay a while Not so yummy I want to go somewhere with yummy food During my recent visit to Sri Lanka I was fortunate enough to sample a lot of great cuisine courtesy of my new friend Chef Champika Suffice it to say that I scarfed down everything he made no matter the quantity Delicious food in Sri Lanka Of all the dishes I tried my favourite was coconut sambal It s not too difficult to make so I got the recipe both so I can make it at home and also to share with anyone else who might want to give it a try Ingredients 1 freshly grated coconut 6 cloves garlic 8pc small purple shallots bawang 1 1 2 tsp salt 2 tsp chili powder Juice of 1 1 2 limes Procedure 1 Roughly chop garlic and shallots 2 Put into a pestle add salt Pound the mixture 3 Add chili powder and pound again until quite fine 4 Add a handful of the grated coconut and

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  • 2011 Humpback Whale Season in Tonga
    Photos for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Back in Tonga I ve just arrived back in Tonga after a really long trip to get here It was raining when I arrived in Vava u but the weather has cleared up My head is still foggy from the journey but fortunately I didn t have any issues with jet lag I slept 12 hours last night Though my settling in process has just started it s been great seeing friends and saying hello For example the photo below is of little Moses one of my friend s sons We grabbed lunch together in Nuku alofa just before I caught the flight to Vava u He s a precocious little tyke as you can see from his exasperation with the talkative adults Little Moses telling the adults to keep it down And of course I went to the Chinese restaurant in Vava u last night to check in and say hello to my favourite dish fried roasted eggplant Roasted eggplant at Golden Lily restaurant in Vava u I m delighted to report that dinner was delicious Friday Aug 5 2011 Life Food People Places Adventures

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  • Making Food with Fresh Bamboo Shoots
    a privilege and pleasure it is to be able to eat fresh produce year round Fresh locally grown food inevitably tastes better than store bought stuff and the nutritional content can be much higher as well In fact this is one of my favourite aspects of spending a lot of time in Japan where there is a long history of knowing what to eat and when best to eat it Take these bamboo shoots for instance Fresh bamboo shoots from the bamboo forest next door One of my neighbors owns land with a bunch of bamboo trees on it and each year around this time the family picks fresh bamboo shoots and shares with the neighborhood If you ve never seen fresh bamboo shoots they don t look like much more than hairy stumps But when you peel the fuzzy covering off and get to the tender succulent part inside yummy So much tastier than canned bamboo products We ve made a couple of dishes so far the first being a simple stir fry of bamboo shoots fresh green peppers and garlic Stir fried bamboo shoot with green pepper and garlic And just now we made steamed rice with bamboo

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  • Akihime Strawberries in Izu Peninsula, Japan
    scientiae Strawberry Fields Forever After waking up just before 06 00 to catch the sunrise on New Year s day I visited a strawberry farm in Atagawa just south of where I m staying in Izu to pick and eat Akihime 章姫 strawberries Delicious Akihime 章姫 strawberries in Izu Japan You can t really think of these simply as strawberries They re sweet succulent morsels of ambrosia that infuse your mouth with sensuous delight Yup really that good Me eating Akihime 章姫 strawberries on New Year morning 2011 In fact if you ve never had fruits in Japan you ve led a deprived existence Quite simply the flavours are out of this world There s no comparison anywhere else I ve ever been Anyway it cost 1500 Yen to go into the greenhouse and eat as much as possible in 30 minutes straight off the plant I didn t count but I m pretty sure I scarfed down at least 75 strawberries probably more The strawberries are big and juicy so that s a lot It was worth every penny or in this case Yen How s that for a delicious and decadent start to the new year Surrounded by

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  • Toshikoshi Soba in Izu Japan
    Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Toshikoshi Soba Having noodles specifically toshikoshi soba 年越しそば on 31 December is a time honoured tradition in Japan The process of eating these long buckwheat noodles symbolises crossing from one year to the next Here s a snapshot of the delicious handmade soba I just had at my favourite soba place in Izu Toshikoshi soba to bid farewell to the passing year and welcome the new

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  • Delicious Colo Colo Sauce in Ambon
    specialty called colo colo pronounced cholo cholo Dewa one of the chefs at Maluku Divers made the sauce for dinner a few nights ago yes Colo Colo sauce made with chili tomato red onion lime juice sale hot water and fresh basil The best way to describe the flavour is probably to say that it s somewhat like salsa with a Southeast Asian flair Not quite accurate but at least you get the idea Pak Dewa was kind enough to make some more today and even to write down the ingredients for future reference to stop me from pestering him no doubt Pak Dewa and his delicious colo colo sauce Ingredients for Colo Colo Sauce Chopped red chili Sliced tomato Sliced red onion Lime juice Hot water Salt Fresh basil If you visit Ambon make sure to try this sauce which is primarily served with grilled fish Be aware that it carries a bit of a punch from the chili peppers Pak Dewa cutting chili for the colo colo sauce Incidentally there s apparently a similar sauce in the Manado area called dabu dabu with the primary difference being that colo colo is made with water while dabu dabu is

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  • Fresh Mandarin Oranges in Izu Japan
    Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Munching Mikans To work off some of the calories from indulging in far too many new year treats I spent most of the afternoon yesterday helping out at a friend s citrus farm a place called Suzuki en 鈴木園 There are acres and acres of citrus trees with different varieties in season throughout the year Mandarin oranges known in Japan as mikan 蜜柑 ミカン or みかん are the main fruit right now Since I spend much of my time in tropical climates with white sand and palm trees it took a while to acclimate to the single digit ºC temperature and winter wind but it was certainly refreshing being outside breathing in the crisp clean air while I raked up leaves and fallen citrus bits emptied containers hauled stuff around etc My body ached a bit last night from the manual labour but I had so much fun that I m heading back after I post this to lend a hand again Of course I sampled a few mikans here and there throughout the day and took some back as natural Vitamin C supplements for the cold winter evening which is to say I ate

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    2006 July 2006 June Posts in Food Monday Apr 20 2009 10 Great Places to Eat in Phuket In case it s not completely obvious I love the fact that I get to try lots of great food in many of the places I travel to especially in Asia When I was in Phuket last year we spent two entire days eating at local food stalls and restaurants places not on the tourist map This is a short video summary of 10 recommendations for places to try which goes together with this Continue Reading Life Food Video Multimedia Thursday Apr 16 2009 Secret Soba An integral part of the pleasure of travelling in Japan is the food Izu for example is famous for fresh seafood as fishing is one of the primary pillars of the regional economy and society Fresh fish and other marine products are available each day which means awesome sashimi sushi and other traditional Japanese seafood dishes Perhaps less well known outside the country is the long standing noodle tradition in Japan You may have heard of a Continue Reading Life Food Wednesday May 21 2008 Pad Thai Finally I managed to have Thai food for dinner We went to a place known as pad thai pratuphi for Continue Reading Life Food Musings Sunday May 18 2008 Tea Twister There are other shows going on in the same venue as the dive show including one devoted to food I couldn t resist taking a quick video of this unique method of making tea Sure makes a plain old tea bag seem dull I wanted to spend some time taking photos of this talented tea twister but had to run for a photography seminar I was giving along with a couple of Thai photographer friends flv http www tonywublog com videos 2008 teatwister flv 480 270 Continue Reading Life Food Musings People Video Multimedia Saturday May 17 2008 Culinary Irony Despite my constant whining about wanting to go out for Thai food we ended up eating a late dinner at a Japanese restaurant last night the obvious choice given that I d just travelled all the way from Japan to Thailand for the dive show Everyone else was happy so I made the best of it even managing a smile for the obligatory group photo Hmmm now I can t wait to get back to Japan to go out for Thai food Continue Reading Life Food Musings Tuesday May 13 2008 Hi Tech Sushi Finally made it to Narita the international airport near Tokyo It s incredibly inconvenient For a 09 30 flight I had to get up at 04 30 but I overslept til 05 00 For all of Japan s hi tech achievements it can be an awfully inefficient and illogical place I m sitting in the airline lounge now laptop computer out hooked up to the net via wireless compact digital camera in hand card reader to transfer files to my laptop all this whiz

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