This year, we're not having our yearly BBQ of crap (which I love). Oh yeah! Normally, we would head off to the beach, where we could have all-you-can-eat (oh, this sounds soo me) BBQ, everything prepared, all you need to do is holding your BBQ tongs on top of the fire, stuffing yourself silly from noon til dawn....and trying not to get too drunk and accidentally BBQ your friend's toes or something. In such BBQ places, we'd eat mountains after mountains of processed food...hot dogs, various meat/fishballs and dodgy looking marinated meats (which I also love).
However, this year, we're preparing our BBQ from scratch at A & The V's terrace (a terrace which can fit 9 mad eaters, in the middle of the city, is really rare in Hong Kong, so we were thrilled!). Foodaholiv, Sir A and Ah A were kind enough to turn their culinary visions into reality and let us be the guinea pigs...and we happily obliged ^_^
Our seafood chef of the day, Foodaholiv, prepared these skewers of red and green peppers, pineapple chunks, and shrimps wrapped with bacon. Oh my!
...and juicy skewers of eels and fish meat! Fancy!
Our mountain of bread, honey, sauces, and spices...
The boys were working on the fire...how macho! We were secretly praying...please don't burn the flat down...
...and we also had fresh shell fish and juicy scallops. No wonder the normal supply of processed food such as hot dogs and balls weren't as popular as before. Hehe
Fireeeeeeeee oh flamin' fire! Well done, boys! Sweet potatoes (orange and purple) and butter rubbed corn with italian herbs are a-roasting too.
People were really hungry. It is noticable from the amount of hot dogs being barbecued. Hot dogs are our quick fix....they made waiting for the good stuff more bearable. Ah A prepared chicken wings with four different marinades: Chinese red fermented beancurd sauce (lam yu), Thai lemongrass and chilli, salt and pepper, and Italian rosemary and lemon. I am proud to announce that I've downed at least 8 pieces of wings...and all tasted brilliant!
Foodaholiv worked the succulent scallops by sprinkling them with garlic and soy sauce...pure genius! The cuttlefish pieces were also grilled to perfection. She did an amazing job running the grill (if it wasn't her, we would just ruin it and might end up having to eat instant noodles hehe).
What happens if we need to refill the charcoal...lift up the grill (with barehands??!!! Yes, Joe the Superman wasn't afraid of such a little heat. But boys and girls, unless you are a superman, please don't try this at home. Hehe) and hold your breath to prevent the boiling hot shellfish juices from drenching your toes, then carefully balance the grill back on fire. It's an art, really.
Sir A created this super creative Japanese sticky rice sticks wrapped with bacon....
....and topped with TORCHED mozzarella cheese...oh my! Imagine the sticky and chewy rice sticks...with crispy ends...and tasty bacon...and melted and scorched cheese...it's just so unreal!
After we were stuffed to our eyeballs, we had an intense session of gift exchange and polaroid photo taking. We modified the usual "Secret Santa" to our own game of "The Perfect Gift". We were supposed to give our santa hints...so that he/she could get something that we wanted. Most of us ended up telling our santa exactly what we want...or...to Sir A's extend...going with the santa (me) to the store and just buy the gift then and there.
Many thanks to Ms. A & The V who let us wreck and ransack their beautiful home.
Anyways, it was more than a great BBQ...it was fun-freakin-tastic! Now, tell me about yours ^_^