Asian Dishes, Japanese/Korean, Noodles and Pasta

Japchae

A few years ago I posted a very lazy version of japchae: just using the noodles but stir frying it like how SE Asians fry noodles.

Yesterday I tried doing it the traditional Korean way ie to cook each ingredient individually and mix them into the noodles instead of stir frying them.

For the noodles, after boiling them, season with 6 tbsp of light soy sauce, 1 tbsp is sesame oil and 1 tbsp of yondu sauce. This yondu sauce can only be found in Korean grocery stores. And because I can’t read Korean, until today I do not know what it is. My BIL who married a Korean said that it is simply ‘magic sauce’ 😂

For the beef, I marinated with light soy sauce and erm worschestershire sauce. Not so authentically Korean here but that’s my liberty as a cook! Lol

For the carrots, stir fry till soft but there’s still a nice bite to it with chopped garlic, light soy sauce and the yondu sauce. I seasoned the sliced white button mushrooms the same way.

Mix the cooked ingredients into the noodles gently and sprinkle lots of sesame seeds. And voila! Japchae.

Noodles and Pasta, Uncategorized

Penne Mushroom Carbonara Casserole 🥘

And so the June holidays have begun and my kitchen has opened. No more Mama’s cooking for the next four weeks!

So today, I’ve decided to cook a penne casserole dish. Now I know why Americans love the casserole. It’s easy to make and delicious. Just add your favourite ingredients, top with cheese and let the oven do the rest.

For this dish, I didn’t use any recipes but my gut feel.

Step 1.

Boil penne in salted water till al dente

Step 2.

Heat olive oil in pan, add sliced sausages and smoked paprika for added flavour. Add sliced white mushrooms and broccoli. Add a bit of chopped garlic.

Step 3.

Add bottled mushroomcarbonarasauce. I also do not like to waste ingredients so I added the leftover mushroomsoup from last night and about half a cup of cream from the fridge. Add penne and stir to combine.

Step 4.

Transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and parmesancheese. Sprinkle dried Italianherbs.

Step 5.

Bake till cheese melts and browns.

Step 6.

Serve hot with mesclun salad.

Asian Dishes, Noodles and Pasta, Singapore

Fried Bee Hoon

Or apparently, Singapore noodles they are called. That is how popular fried bee hoon is in Singapore that the world calls it Singapore noodles, haha. Every family has a variation of it. The Malays will put lots of ingredients and white pepper, the Chinese for breakfast keep it plain with just soy sauce, and the Indians here have it red and fiery. It even has a nickname here called ‘Mee Birthday’ because at every birthday event, these noodles are always served. The reason being, it’s easy to cook and delicious to eat.

So we were tickled again when we went to M&S in London and saw this…IMG_8128

So today, since I had bought a packet of brown rice vermicelli noodles (bee hoon, essentially thin rice noodles), I decided to fry them. Usually, prawns, sawi (Chinese leafy greens), tomatoes, squid, fishcakes, chicken or beef are added. I kept mine simple and healthier with more vegetables.

 

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First, in oil, fry minced garlic. Then add slices of beef. Season with soy sauce and white pepper.

Once the beef is cooked, add in vegetables and all the other ingredients. This is the best dish to get rid of leftovers! I added carrots, red capsicum, fishcake slices and broccoli. Oh, and some cherry tomatoes. Once everything is cooked, add in the boiled bee hoon, rice noodles and season with soy sauce, oyster sauce and lots of white pepper. Don’t forget to season with salt too!

The Malays love to eat this with picked sliced green chillies and fried shallots. Yums! It can be a very healthy dish if you use brown rice noodles, add lots more vegetables and use lean meat.

The Singapore noodles, momscancook style.

Noodles and Pasta, Uncategorized

Garlic Noodles (Spaghetti)

There’s apparently some famous garlic noodle dish in San Francisco by a Vietnamese family restaurant. Today I decide to make one, though with spaghetti, after quickly browsing through a few youtubers recipes.

Here’s my take on this garlicky carb laden meal.

Brown butter, like a whole lot then add like a tablespooon of minced garlic. Add a bit of oil to stop the garlic from burning.

Add a whole lot of garlic powder, some chicken powder and oyster sauce. Mix mix mix.

Add the spaghetti and then like a cup of grated parmesan cheese.

Mix mix mix. Add a handful of fried garlic slices. These I bought from the market. It’s easily available in my Little Red Dot.

And voila! I think my picture is upside down but the taste ain’t! Oh, don’t forget to season with some sea salt!

Delicious eaten hot. Enough carbs for today, though.

Noodles and Pasta

Shirataki noodles

I heard of these zero calorie noodles from watching The Hungry girl. After a quick google, I found that only the Isetan supermarket in Orchard road sells this.

Apparently it’s good stir fried dry and thankfully I did so. I must say that while the noodles themselves contain no calories, the sauce and all the other ingredients do pile the calories so be cautious if using these noodles to really lose weight.

The texture is really really really springy and it slides down your throat so be careful when swallowing and make sure the noodles go down the right pipe! I was so afraid that my four year old would not be able to take this and didn’t dare let him try some.

It’s a good try, and great fun to eat. The zero calories is a big draw but since its not easily accessible here, I’ll just eat regular noodles and walk more. 😁

I dry fried with the usual garlic and then seasoned with soy sauce and abalone sauce. I added tons of veggie like bean sprouts and baby spinach. I also added sliced fish cakes and lots of chillies.

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