Last weekend, we went to 886, a Taiwanese restaurant that opened last summer in East Village. We’ve walked past the place before on a weekend night and the place can get packed, especially since it’s quite small like most restaurants on St. Mark’s, so we made a reservation beforehand.

The Sausage Party was a Chinese-type of sausage, and instead of a bun, they used sticky rice, the type of stuff you’d find inside of those Pandan leaves. I think that one was my favorite dish. The Lo Ba Beng was marinated pork belly, with a marinated egg, and bamboo shoots over rice. It really reminded me of the Vietnamese dish, thịt kho, except with a lighter flavor.

Lastly, we got the Drunken Clam & Thai Basil. For an extra $3, we also got instant noodles with it, and I’d definitely recommended adding that on. The noodles did a good job of soaking up the flavor from the soup that the clams were in. The dish is also pretty generous with fresh clams.

The flavors are a lot lighter than what I’m used to, but everything was fresh and the service was great. I definitely recommended checking it out if you have a chance.


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  • Last week I turned 29 😱! Instead of doing anything big or going anywhere, I had a nice dinner and spent the weekend with my family in Virginia.

When I was young, I thought I’d be married with kids by 25, have a house with a nice yard, and have my own cubicle. I’m not married, I don’t have kids, I can’t see myself buying a house (maybe a condo), and I can’t believe my vision of success back then was to have my own cubicle 😂 (tbh, open offices aren’t great, so I wouldn’t mind my own cubicle now). Maybe I haven’t achieved my old version of success, but what I have now is so much better than what I would’ve ever been able to imagine for myself. I’ve lived in Japan, I live in New York City, I get to travel the world with family, I run marathons, and most importantly, my relationship with my family is the best it’s ever been.

I used to think 29 was old, but it feels like my journey has just begun ☺️
  • Happy Mother’s Day to the most badass woman in my life. No amount of words can fully portray how much love and respect I have for my mom. My mom has sacrificed so much and worked so hard to raise me into who I am today. When I was a kid, my uncles told me to grow up and marry someone rich. My mom, on the other hand, told me to become rich myself. Don’t worry mom, I’m still working on it.
  • Forever a wallflower 🌼
  • We went to Ashikaga because it’s always been my mom’s dream to see the wisteria gardens in Japan. We went to Kawachi Fuji Garden last week but we were a bit too early since they weren’t in full bloom yet. Fortunately, we got a second chance today at Ashikaga! This park was gorgeous, so be prepared to be spammed with a ton of photos from there *_*
  • Feeling like royalty at the Osaka Castle
  • Celebrating six years of friendship 🤗! It’s amazing to see how much each of us have grown since we first met. We might be getting old, but we’re still young at heart. (The picture on the right is us from six years ago 😂🙈)