I finally noticed that it’s June. It only took me like, three whole days. How is it already June? It’s getting pretty damn close to August, which is when I have to move. Three problems:
1) No apartment.
2) No apartment.
3) No apartment.
TC keeps telling me that it’s still early, which I guess it technically is. I’m trolling Craigslist all the time and I see a bunch of ads for July move-in dates, so logically in July I’ll start seeing a lot of August move-in dates. But that little scary nervous voice inside me keeps telling me you won’t find anything in July and then you’re going to be screwed in August. And ugh I totally believe that little scary nervous voice! I can’t be cutting it so close like that, it’s just too stressful.
To keep myself busy preparing, I’ve already picked out all my new furniture and things I’d need, down to the 2-pack Clorox wipes and the Swiffer starter set. I’ve already made TC go through with me what stuff in our apartment he’ll keep and what stuff I’ll take with me. Poor guy’s kitchen is going to be so beyond empty... It feels like a very friendly weird divorce situation, except I’m just going to school. TC has already started stocking up on extra hangers for all the closet space that he’s going to gain. He's clearly anticipating enjoying my departure, that jerk!
I guess I am slightly looking forward to Boston, even though it's Boston and not New York. For starters, I'm going to have passable bubble tea and ramen and char siu pork over rice again - it's a city with a sizable Chinatown, I'm sure they have those three things right? It'll never be Tenren's, Totto Ramen, or Big Wong's... but I'm sure Boston has their own thing. I mean at least it'll be better than what we have here in New Haven, which is just about nothing. I've already taken some meticulous notes on where I can eat/what place delivers at 3am/what will be within walking distance of my future apartment, and there is a Bonchon thank the lord!
But there's still 2 months so I won't get ahead of myself. Until then I keep making my own skinny version of char siu pork and my own bubble tea. If only I knew how to make a halfway decent tonkotsu ramen...
Skinny Char Siu Pork
What you need:
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp shoaxing rice wine
- 1.5 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp five spice powder
- 1 star anise, broken into pieces
- Optional: 3 drops red food coloring
- 1 piece pork tenderloin, around 1lb-1.25lb**
How to do it:
- Mix everything besides pork tenderloin. Combine the mix with pork tenderloin in a large ziplock bag. Squeeze out all the air and seal tightly. Allow pork to marinate for 6-24 hours, preferably overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place marinated pork tenderloin onto a roasting rack with a tray to catch drippings. Roast for 20min.
- While pork is roasting, pour marinade into a small pot. Bring to a simmer and allow marinade to cook until thickened.
- After pork has roasted for 20min, brush thickened marinade onto both sides of the pork and flip. Roast for another 10min on the other side.
- At the end of 10min, turn the heat up to 400 degrees and roast for another 5min. Remove from the oven and allow tenderloin to rest for 10-15min before slicing and serving.
** Pork butt will taste better and more authentic, that's just a fact of life. But the tenderloin is pretty darn good too and gives me guilt-free indulgence points for bubble tea! Swap in the pork butt according to preference.