Some occasions require a party. Three years ago I first arrived at Stanford and began taking Japanese language classes. In the first year I took classes, there were about three classes full of students. The next year, there were probably not even half that number of students as some dropped out, others lost interest, and still others had fulfilled their University language requirement. By the time I got to Advanced Japanese, there were only about eight of us left, some of whom had been there from the very beginning, and others that I’d met more recently on the path. Somehow studying a language together creates more camaraderie than other types of classes, and it only seemed right as our time together drew to an end, with some graduating from Stanford and others simply running out of language classes to take, that we commemorate the occasion with a meal together. Although I live about twenty minutes from Stanford, somehow it was decided that it would be at my house, and I tried to put together a meal that would celebrate our experiences together and commemorate our graduates. Saying goodbye is never easy, but somehow, enjoying this feast together made our last time together *sniff* more fun and certainly tastier than usual. The entire meal was gluten free, with the exception of two dishes, Gyoza and Curry Rice, that two of our guests brought for everyone to enjoy.
China- Lettuce Wraps with Tofu and Veggie Crunch Served with GF Hoisin sauce
Thailand- Summer Rolls with peanut sauce OR sweet chili garlic sauce
Japan- Edamame (fresh soybeans)
Japan- Potato Salad with Cucumber, Carrot, and Lettuce
Japanese Sweet Curry Rice (not GF)
Korea- Grilled Sesame Tofu, marinated overnight
China- Gyoza (not GF)
Chilled Green Tea, chilled herbal tea, Wine, Pear Cider, GF and other Beer
Kakigori Shaved ice with strawberry sugar syrup and condensed milk
OR lychee OR green tea ice cream
Recipes to follow.