22 (Sat) February 2020
Shrimp & Scrambled Eggs with Wood-Ear Mushrooms
-Dasmariñas Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with W and IZ, ES’s family
Inspired by the dish at Seafood Market & Restaurant (see for example 8.005 Scrambled Eggs with Black Fungus and Scallion).
In the Philippines, woodear mushrooms are referred to as “black fungus” – at least in American English, “fungus” doesn’t sound very appetizing.
ES’s husband is visiting from Korea. She proposed that we all go out for dinner.
Given the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in Korea, I had considered declining altogether but then compromised by hosting dinner at our home. As WHO staff, I didn’t want to be seen taking drastic measures. During dinner, I did ask him why he would take the unwarranted risk of boarding a plane during this sensitive time; his response: “Well, I was wearing a mask – hahaha.” Oh my god, I should’ve aborted the meal right then and there.