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Yaki Soba

7 Apr

Yaki soba, aka Japanese stir-fried noodles, is a yummy dish that’s quick and filling. You can grab a whatever veggies you have in the fridge, chop them into pieces and use them in this dish. I think cabbage is typical. This time I used cabbage, baby carrots, baby sweet peppers and scallion. I like it with onions and regular carrots too. If you want some protein, fry an egg or cook some chopped meat marinated in a bit of soy sauce. Anything goes. Keep reading for a pseudo recipe.

My kind of fast food.

For the noodle, you can buy fresh yaki soba but I don’t always have that on hand so I use dry packaged ramen noodles. This time I used a Korean brand udon style noodle. Boil the noodles for 1 or 2 minutes, drain and place onto a large hot pan. Sesame oil works well here. Let it sit until the bottom side turns slightly brown, flip over and move it over to side of the pan. Add more sesame oil and chopped veggies/protein to the pan.

Meanwhile, make sauce: 1 Tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sake (or water). When veggies are slightly tender, mix with noodles and add sauce. Stir until well mixed and hot. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Bento Challenge update:

Not such a good day challenge wise because I ate strangely today. I blame it on stressing out about the exam I had tonight (it went fine).  Breakfast was a slice of apple pie! Lunch was yaki soba. Small iced coffee during the exam. Dinner was shrimp and veggie tempura donburi and 2 donut holes. It wasn’t too much food but not too healthy. Broke some challenge goals: bought junk food (a big bag of donut holes.. they weren’t that good either) and didn’t pack a bento when I could have. Granted, I spent that time studying and making lunch.. excuses. Didn’t eat after 9pm though so that’s good. Let’s see how I do tomorrow.

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Jap chae/Korean noodles (Bento 9)

6 Feb

Laptop lunch for dinner at work. I made jap chae after Wendy threw the surprise party with Korean food. I think hers tasted better but this was my first time making it so now I know how to improve my methods.

bento 9

Jap chae, salad, red pepper, cucumber, goddess dressing, avocado and tomato “guac” (which got really brown and gross – didn’t end up eating this), and dove dark chocolate.

I asked Wendy for her recipe and she pointed me to Maangchi. I basically followed that recipe but approximated the vegetable amounts. Some tips from what I’ve learned: add salt to taste because the recipe didn’t call for salt but I feel like it needed it; don’t skip the step where she adds soy sauce to the spinach because my spinach was bland; definitely marinate the beef beforehand (soy sauce, sesame oil, cooking wine, sugar), overnight is best; and don’t forget the green onions like I did. Otherwise, quite a delicious and flavorful dish.