You know why? Because after finishing his dinner, my dear Hao Re came to hug me real tight and said: "Thank you, Mama, you always cook healthy food for us. The food made us very healthy. And it tastes nice!".
I know Hao Re is one little man who can really sweet-talk. But I can tell that this time round, it comes from the bottom of his heart. Nothing can be better than receiving his "testimonial" on my cooking. It's totally, totally worth the effort of cooking for them every day (almost) for the past few years!
I think my hub is right, he always is (but sometimes I pretend not to listen, but I know most of the time, he is right, so I listen to him, hehe). A couple of years ago, I was so tired of the cooking, and I was very grumpy about the daily mundane. My hub pointed it right to my face - he said if I don't do it with love, might as well don't cook anymore. 如果没有用心去煮，那还倒不如不煮！What he said woke me up! I adjusted my thoughts, my feeling, I put away the big "me", I fill up my big tank of love, and I started to cook with love, again, since, no more complain. I have learnt to take a break when I am really tired, to dine out or to get take away, once in a while, it really doesn't hurt (their health) :-P
Back to this dish. It's a simple dish but the kids love it! Probably it's because it's a non-soup based noodle, so it's kinda a novelty to them. And also because they are allowed to choose which ingredients to pick to go with the noodle (though I have known exactly what they would choose, haha).
- Wanton noodle or spinach noodle (available from most supermarket, near where the toufu is)
- Vegetable, which can be any type
- Others - choose what your kids like or what you want to offer to your kids. For this particular one, I used - fresh mushroom, fish balls, sliced pork, fried shallot, and freshly made pork lard
Left - For Hao Re, who doesn't eat fish balls, but who loves pork lard and fried shallots.
Right - For Xi Yu, who doesn't eat mushroom totally and don't like fried shallots (still would eat), but she loves fish balls.
For the noodle
- Boil a big pot of water.
- Open up/loosen the noodle into strands (if not, the noodles would lump up).
- Put the noodle into the boiling water, let it boil till noodle starts to turn soft
- Quickly drain the noodle and drop them into a cold pot of water. Let it cold down thoroughly and then drain.
- To be continue.......
For the ingredients
- (Optional) For pork lard (can get from the wet market, just tell the butcher you want some pork lard, a small piece would be enough), cut the pork lard into small cube. Heat up the wok and leave it to medium fire, and then put the pork lard cube in (need to put any cooking oil). Oil would start to ooze out. Continue until the lard turn golden brown. Scoop the crispy lard out. Use the oil to coil the rest of the ingredients.
- fried shallot till golden. Scoop out and set aside.
- Lightly toast the fish balls till turn golden, Scoop out and set aside.
- Add in the mushroom and fried till golden. Scoop out and set aside.
- Other ingredients that can go well - fried eggs, char siew, etc.
Continue cooking with the noodle......
- Boil a new pot of water.
- Add in vegetables and boil for a short while.
- Add in the cooled noodle for a short while (10-15 sec or till the noodle warmed up).
- In a plate or bowl, add a it of soy sauce (start with 1 tablespoon), a bit of dark soy sauce (start with 1 teaspoon) and some sesame oil (start with 2 tablespoons). Mix.
- Add in the warm noodle and toss the noodle to color the noodle till even (add more soy sauce or dark soy sauce or sesame oil till achieve the taste you want).
- Once satisfied with the taste and the look of the noodle (evenly colored), add in other ingredient, and ready to serve!
Yeah, finally get a recipe up after a long hiatus :-)
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