Hong Kong macaroni soup is surprisingly good

The Hong Kong food Katie described in our Cha Chaan Tseng episode sounded so good and so weird that I just had to try to make some. Above you see the macaroni soup which I was honestly skeptical about. It’s just some chicken noodle soup that’s made creamy with condensed milk… and then served with fried eggs and spam.

IT WAS SO GOOD. Tasty, satisfying and super comforting. I can see why this is Katie’s mom’s favorite midnight snack.

I also tried the Hong Kong french toast and that is one decadent dish. Loved it!

Listen to the episode here… but be warned, it might make you hungry!

Cha Chaan Teng: Hong Kong’s Bizarre East/West Fusion Diners

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In this episode we talk food and that gets Katie REALLY excited as she shares her enthusiasm for Hong Kong’s Cha Chaan Tengs – cheap informal diners that serve a bizarre but delicious Asian take on the western food that the British served in their restaurants.

Hear about the pineapple buns that contain zero pineapple, the deep fried peanut butter french toast and Katie’s mom’s favorite midnight snack: macaroni soup.

Katie even gets Alex to make some Hong Kong milk tea and try it on the show… hear if he likes it.

BTWs include:

  • The most disgusting food Anthony Bourdain ever tasted
  • Why you never drink the first tea they bring you in a Cha Chaan Teng
  • Impulsive tattoos
  • How to make straight people come out as straight

Moment Of Meta

In the Moment Of Meta we talk about the research that shows that enthusiasm is good for you and can lead to more happiness and a better sex life. Katie and Alex also take a test that reveals their top strengths and biggest weaknesses.

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And now we’re enthusiastic on YouTube too

In our quest to make the entire world more enthusiastic we have decided to also release our podcast episodes on Youtube – in addition of course to all the regular podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and so on.

That’s awesome because on YouTube you can see us while we talk. If that is not your thing, we perfectly understand 🙂

Also, in some of our earlier episodes, we hadn’t figured out that whole video thing yet, so those are only going to have sound… but NOW we have it. We hope 🙂

I think having video is especially awesome for something like the guest episode with Jonathan Stout where you can actually see his amazing 1920s guitars and watch him play them:

Watch Electric Enthusiasm on YouTube – and please consider subscribing.

Swing Guitar – Preserving A Legacy With Enthusiasm (And Spite)

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Swing music is amazing but real swing music that actually sounds like it did in the 30s and 40s is depressingly rare these days. Modern jazz musicians tend to look down on swing jazz and even when they do try to play it, they don’t do it right and it ends up sounding more like modern jazz.

Our guest enthusiast in this episode is Jonathan Stout, a band leader and guitarist specializing in pre bebop jazz guitar. He leads eight different bands, but is best known for Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five and the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, both of which he co-leads with Hilary Alexander. His bands have been heralded as some of the world’s premier swing dance bands.

Jonathan is incredibly enthusiastic about preserving the legacy of swing guitar and honoring the people who created and developed the genre.

Hear about:

  • How Jonathan went from heavy metal electric guitar to jazz music
  • His main idols in swing guitar, especially Charlie Christian who only ended up recording for two years
  • His incredible collection of vintage guitars and what “white whale” guitar he dreams of getting his hands on
  • The time he got the thumbs-up from Norma Miller, one of the original swing dance performers
  • Jonathan’s one simple trick for becoming the best in the world 🙂

Jonathan also plays for us and it’s INCREDIBLE!!!

BTWs include:

  • Racism in jazz
  • The producer who discovered Billy Holiday, Count Basie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and MANY others

In our Moment of Meta we talk about the fourth enthusiandment: Thou shalt not fake enthusiasm!

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Avatar The Last Airbender – The Cartoon That Will Save The World

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Avatar The Last Airbender is on paper a kids cartoon show… but it’s also so much more than that.

Over three seasons it tells a story that is poignant, thrilling, funny and – above all – hopeful. Pretty good timing of Netflix to get it onto their service in 2020, just when we all needed a dose of positivity.

Hear all about this amazing show, including:

  • A redemption story that beats even Kylo Ren.
  • Uncle Iroh’s life lessons.
  • Kickass female characters.
  • What kind of bender Katie and Alex would each love to be… but what they probably are instead.
  • Why the live-action movie sucked so badly.

BTWs include:

  • The Aristotelian world view
  • Whatever happened to M. Night Shyamalan?
  • The concept of redemption and the tragic story of an Amish school shooting.
  • Avatar sightings at the recent Olympic games in Tokyo.

And yes, we do end up ragging on Game of Thrones. Again.

In your moment of meta, we explain the 3rd. enthusiandment: Make sure to share your enthusiasms.

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Modesty Blaise – 1000 Times Cooler Than James Bond

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Modesty Blaise kicks as much butt as 007 but she does it with way more style and way less borderline rape.

Meet the coolest action heroine of the 60s who began her adventures in newspaper comic strips before making her way into novels and some shockingly bad movies.

Hear about how feminist the stories are for their time (or any time), including sex positivity, nudity and consent-based sex and how incredibly rare and awesome it is that Modesty was the clear leader and Willie was her faithful follower (not slave).

Alex also delivers a heartfelt plea for Netflix (or someone… anyone) to make a Modesty Blaise show. Both so he can watch it but also to annoy the hell out of all the Men’s Rights Activists and conservative pundits.

BTWs include:

  • Pulp Fiction and what Vincent Vega was reading on the toilet in Butch’s apartment
  • What Katie’s mom and Quentin Tarantino have in common
  • Shoehorned romance subplots and why they suck
  • Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • The trope where every time someone enjoys something, bad stuff often follows

In our Moment Of Meta, Katie talks about the doll called Electric Enthusiasm, which to Alex’s surprise is definitely not a sex doll.

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Don’t yuck someone else’s yum

Do you want to have more enthusiasm in your life? Here’s a rule we suggest:

Don’t yuck someone else’s yum.

In other words, if someone really likes something, but you don’t, never try to talk them out of liking it.

We talk about this golden commandment of enthusiasm (or enthusiandment) at 22:00 in episode 3 – The Banjo. We also do make a possible exception for Game Of Thrones Season 8, which no one should yum.

Listen to it here:

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The Banjo – Loud, Fun And… Sexy?

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People have a TON of misconceptions about the banjo and often dismiss it as the instrument of hillbillies or rednecks. But did you know that it’s an instrument with a huge history and tradition that can be both loud, fun and… sexy?

Our guest enthusiast in this episode is Daniel Rodrigues, a Portuguese jazz musician living in Copenhagen where he plays in several different jazz bands and he is VERY enthusiastic about the banjo.

Daniel takes us on a journey of the banjo, that includes:

  • Why it’s the most fun instrument
  • How to find success and fame as a banjo player
  • The weirdest song he’s ever played on a banjo
  • The best jokes people tell about the banjo

And yes, the movie Deliverance does come up.

BTWs include:

  • A fantastic connection between the banjo and Harpo Marx, the subject from our very first episode.
  • Game of Thrones.

In our Moment of Meta we talk about the most important rule of enthusiasts everywhere: Don’t yuck someone else’s yum!

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Enthusiastic podcast guests wanted

We are looking for highly enthusiastic guests for some of our upcoming podcast episodes. Are you super excited about something and willing to share your passion with us and our enthusiastic audience? Let us know in a comment here.

You get bonus points if your enthusiasm is for something unusual that people think could not possibly be exciting. Everyone can get excited about scuba diving in the Caribbean – but it would be even more impressive if you can infect us with your love of tax law, taxidermy or taxonomy (or other topics not beginning with tax).

And we’re still looking to fulfil our challenge of finding someone a guest can make us enthusiastic about accounting 🙂

Write a comment below or email us at hello@electricenthusiasm.com.