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Follow the Footprint
June 01, 2020

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Hi! Guys,

Happy Father’s Day!

I am glad that my husband is a great father to our only son. Growing up with an abusive father, it is difficult to wrap my head around it. It took me a long time to understand that my father's action does not define who I am or how my spouse is going to be.

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Grilling Rule of Thumb

Many American fathers love to cook on the grill. Here is a general rule of thumb which is super easy, but many tend to forget.

Whenever you cook the meat, including fish, it always starts with high heat to seal the juice inside. It doesn't have to be too long which takes about 3-5 minutes each side. Once the outside layer is cooked, turn it over. Finish the cooking process with lower heat. The meat sticks on the grill because it is not cooked. So, don't mess with it.

Fun Culture

Do Chinese Celebrate Father's Day?

Let's dive into the meaning of the Chinese words in the above picture.

It is in traditional Chinese writing.

The first 2 words in Cantonese pronunciation is "Fu Tsun" and Mandarin is "fu qin" which mean "father". The word in the middle in Cantonese is "je" and Mandarin is "jie". It means "festival". The last 2 words on the right in Cantonese is "fai lok" and Mandarin is "kua lie" which means "happy".

With the influence of western culture, celebration of Father’s Day is nowhere close to Mother’s Day in the Chinese culture. However, traditionally, father is the patriarch of the entire family.

Unlike in the western countries, with limited space, majority of Chinese families do not own a grill. So, you would rarely hear that a father loves to grill or buying grilling supplies as Father’s Day gifts. But it doesn’t mean that fathers are out of the kitchen. Like my late paternal grandfather loved to make his signature Chiu Chou Braised Goose during Chinese New Year. My Uncle Joe, my mom’s oldest brother, loves to roast prime ribs and serve his guests.

Most Chinese would dine out together with their fathers on this special day.

Featuring Recipe

Perfectly Grilled Steak

To honor one of the father-figures in my life, I highly recommend you this perfectly grilled steak recipe. My husband may not be the professional griller. But he perfected this dish throughout the years. Get Recipe

Product I Recommend

A Good Grip

There are some very long tongs for grilling. If you pay attention, the further away you hold that tong, the less strength you have. So, it lost its purpose.

Here is the tong that I highly recommend which has very good grid and durable.

For this specific brand and model of tong, I have been using the same one for over 10 years. It had never broken that I got to throw it away. Yep, I am still using the one that my hubby bought me 10 years ago. Amazing, huh? Buy It Now

Be Safe and Healthy

I want to end this month's newsletter with this Biblical quote from Psalm 127:3-5, "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." Be safe and healthy.

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