August 2, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson
Let’s take things a bit slowly, like Eat Drink Man Woman, this month’s WONDERFULLY chosen Food n Flix’s film by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.
Deb chose this film of when she was introduced to Ang Lee, “when I first moved to Hawaii and the arthouse theater I frequented before it closed held a retrospective of his first three films–Pushing Hands, The Wedding Banquet, and Eat Drink Man Woman. I loved all three of these films–which are referred to as his “Father Knows Best Trilogy”–but it was Eat Drink Man Woman that I loved the most.”
“Released in 1994 and set in Taipei, Taiwan, it is the story of the Chu family–patriarch Mr. Chu, a widower and semi-retired Chinese Master Chef with three very different daughters. Each Sunday, Mr. Chu cooks them an elaborate dinner, where the food is shared along with whatever is happening with the family–and plenty of tension and humor caused by the growing transition of the old ways into new, and gender, cultural, and generational identity. Food. Love. Family.”
I can honestly say, I did not know what to expect from this movie, but am a big Ang Lee fan and while I enjoyed all of his movies to date, I really enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
There is really something about this movie that “really touches you heart,” literally and almost right from the start!
Of the six basic human needs, Mr Chu had lost his significance; feeling unique, important, special or needed.
This loss of significance symbolically manifested itself in the movie with Mr Chu loosing his taste buds, his Joie de vivre aka joy for life.
Can you imagine what it would be like loosing your taste buds as a Chinese Master Chef?
Mr Chu shared he might have “lost his taste, but its the feelings that count!”
Every Sunday, Mr Chu “goes extraordinarily out of his way” with cooking the most extravagant dinner where, as one who appreciates cooking and preparation, I was in awe and kept asking, “How many is he cooking for?”
The casting was brilliant and I could not help but feel “genuinely sad for Mr. Chu,” not only in being so lonely, but his daughters Jia-Chien, the oldest a very professional minded career woman who has looked after her dad since her mum’s passing, and has sacrificed her life; Jia-Jen, the middle daughter, who is a high school chemistry teacher and devout Christian, decides it is safer to lead a life by herself to look after her father; interesting as to why she made her life choice!
The youngest daughter Jia-Ning is too busy in life trying to steal her best friend’s boyfriend thinking it is “true love!”
All three daughters are so “self-absorbed” in their own lives, they all took they father for granted and ALL I could think of was the time they were wasting in being able to appreciate their dad while he was still alive!
Image via www.cineplex.com
What I would give to have dinner with my dad just one more time!
Through a number of twists and turns in the plot, Mr. Chu knows his daughters must live their own lives, but it is difficult for him to “feel so alone.”
Will he always be so alone?
I don’t think so and what a surprise it is!
I’m not going to tell you, as I really think you would enjoy this movie like Chef Georgio and I did!
While some may perceive this film as “a tad slow,” it is never boring, as there is always something being said or other characters being introduced that add to the overall storyline plot in my opinion!
Interestingly throughout the film, Mr. Chu is unable to communicate with his daughters or they to him, but he connects with a little girl who just happens to be his future fiance’s daughter in making lunch for her daily in bento boxes!
Did I just give the plot away? lol
His food is so popular with all of her friends, that she ends up writing a list of what they want to eat daily for him to deliver; they are too young to recognize he has lost his previous Joie de vivre taste buds!
They make him feel wanted and needed every day!
I don’t know about you, but I am “more than hungry by now,” and created this Asian twist on butternut soup, as inspired by postmodernleftovers, which included making Leonie from Thermofun’s coconut milk, air fried spicy, “nuttiness” chickpeas, and air fried coconut flakes!
How happy and excited would you be if you grandfather delivered this “unique, combination soup,” to school in this FREEZING weather in Adelaide?
- Ingredients for the soup
- 1 large butternut soup
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, cut in pieces
- 1 red chili
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 spring onions
- 2 red onion, cut in pieces
- 1 carrot, peeled, cut in pieces
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 500 ml homemade chicken stock or store bought
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- juice of 1 fresh lime
- 250 grams homemade coconut milk or store bought
- olive oil
- salt and white pepper to taste
- fresh coriander leaves
- 100 grams roasted coconut (as garnish - optional but recommended)
- oil spray (optional but recommended)
- Ingredients for Leonie's from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe
- 40g of desiccated or shredded coconut
- 400g water
- Ingredients for Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas
- 170 grams fresh chickpeas, soaked in water over night, drained well (can use canned)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground garlic
- pinch chili powder
- If making your own coconut milk, place ingredients for Leonie's from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe in Tmx bowl; 1 min / speed 10; scrape down ; repeat if necessary; set aside.
- In a bowl, combine ingredients for spiced air fried chick peas with well drained chickpeas.
- Pre heat air fryer to 200C for 5 minutes; cook for 5 minutes or until desired doneness; remove and set aside.
- Increase air fryer temperature to 220C; add coconut flakes and air fry for about 3 minutes - watch as it will burn quickly; set aside.
- Pre heat oven to 180C; cut pumpkin in half and drizzle olive oil, salt and white pepper on pumpkin pieces place flat on lightly oil sprayed baking roast for 1 hour until soft. (see Notes)
- Remove carefully from oven.
- In a bowl, finely grate garlic, chili, onion, carrot and spring onion; see Notes.
- In a large pot on stove, heat pot, then add about 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauce grated onion, carrot, garlic chili, lemongrass and turmeric for about 5 minutes making sure garlic does not burn.
- Scoop of roasted garlic flesh; add chicken stock, fish sauce and lime.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- With a stick blender, puree mixture to desired texture.
- Spoon in bowls, top with roasted coconut, add spiced chickpeas or serve on the side; garnight with coriander and enjoy!
Coconut milk recipe -> Leonie from Thermofun's coconut milk recipe
Recipe for chickpeas can be baked in an oven as well as coconut flakes roasted under the grill.
Line flat try with slightly oiled baking paper for ease of cleaning.
For ease and to save time, grated onion, garlic, chili, spring onions in the Thx; 5 seconds, speed 5; scrape down; repeat;
I can say like Eat Drink Man Woman, Asian Butternut Soup Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas Air Fried Coconut, Chef Georgio and I really did enjoy!
What Spice Slipped Into My Asian Butternut Soup Today!
The spice of life!
Would you like to try Asian Butternut Soup Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas Air Fried Coconut right now?
Would you like it with air fried spiced chickpeas?
I think the combination of ingredients is warming and certainly does please!
I wish you good fortune today!
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