Draw Me A Dragon!


whelp, my first ever exhibition, From the Mist, of my thirty Nihonmachi Street Fair posters at NJAHS is coming to a close.  It was a successful five month run and we’re going out with a big bang.

Draw me a dragon!   That is what Warren Hom used to say to me all the time.  Of course I never drew him a dragon.  I always wonder what happened to him.  Last time I saw him he was sitting on the corner of Sacramento and Grant Avenue laughing to himself.

On Saturday, in the spirit of Warren Hom, I’m gonna be drawing dragons on shikishi boards at NJAHS starting at 2pm.  And if anyone wants to have one can have it.  Then after 3pm I’m gonna be cooking a big batch of Yakisoba with my electric skillet.  Yakisoba is actually Chow Mein.  But since we’re gonna be doing this in J-Town, we’ll call it yakisoba.  To make it authentic, I will be using yakisoba noodles which I will be buying in Japantown earlier in the day.  There is a slight difference between yakisoba and chow mein.

The day before I will be buying pork, cutting it up and marinating it with mirin, soy sauce, sugar, garlic and garlic powder.  I will cut up cabbage, onion, garlic, carrots, and green onions.

Here’s the procedure;  I will first fry the soba in the electric skillet, making the soba toasty and parts of it crispy.  Then take it out and set aside. 

Oil the skillet and begin browning the onions and garlic.  Add the pork (or chicken) and brown that.  Add the cabbage, carrots and fry that till tender.  Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and soba sauce.  Mix it around in the skillet and add the fried soba.  Mix it around.  add some sesame seed oil.  Top with seaweed flakes, bonito flakes and red ginger.

Then it’ll be time to fold gyoza around 3:30.  Gyoza is actually jiaozi.  Same kanji and all.  But to make it authentic gyoza, I’m gonna be buying the skin in J-Town.  Japanese gyoza skin is actually thinner that the Chinese style skin.  Hopefully I will have some help wrapping the gyoza.  I will fry it on the skillet, add glutinous rice flour water and steam.

Don’t know how many people are gonna show up.  But in the past, there’ never was a lot of people showing up at NJAHS art events.

Come on by!  Hope to see you there!



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