Turnip cake fail, mushroom lasagna win ;)
This is the quintessential Asian American experience: things don't go as planned, but you make do.
I celebrated Lunar New Year by trying to learn how to make a dish I haven't had since childhood. I modified the recipe because it traditionally contains shrimp and scallops, which I'm allergic to. It didn't exactly turn out how I wanted, but it's salvageable as its own thing -- like my AAPI identity!
Happy Year of the Tiger! Thanks for reading.
[3-panel autobio comic of a girl with a bun attempting to make a traditional dish from her childhood for the first time. Panel 1 is full of the ingredients that make up the dish, like daikon radish, rice flour, and shiitake mushroom. She's wearing an apron and is "so excited" to make the dish for the first time, which is a "childhood food memory." An arrow pointing at the girl indicates that she "studied recipes online for a week." In panel 2, it's "hours later" and she is holding a knife, looking at a flipped casserole. Caption reads, "Classic mistake: too much liquid in the batter" and that it's "too soft to slice neatly and sear." In panel 3, she's fixed herself a plate and sits down to partake: "Oh well. Still tasty." Text reads: "Turnip rice cake FAIL; mushroom lasagna WIN."]