Scallion oil noodles is my childhood favorite. The fragrant of freshly chopped scallions lightly fried in oil; the color of the scallions transformed from green to golden brown (back then this would be the edible gold foil); the process of mixing the oil with the noodles; and the smooth taste of noodles seasoned with soy sauce. Everything is just right, at the right place, at the right time. Reminds me so much of Shanghai.
Fried rice is nutritious and quick to make. It is among the first dishes I have ever made. You can get extremely creative with the ingredients. The base is always with cooked rice and eggs. Of course you can use other grains such as brown rice, black rice etc. Then, I add one type of vegetable and one type of meat and viola~ After stir frying all the ingredients, they are really to eat!
I have seriously missed the taste of this. Every time I went to my grandparents, they always made this so nicely. It was such a simple and delicious dish that I encountered so often. Beef steamed egg, 肉饼子炖蛋, is usually present at cafeterias in Shanghai. I never knew this is a Shanghainese regional dish until now, which makes it even more special. The original recipe calls for minced pork, but minced pork is difficult to find in the Netherlands, so I will go with minced beef. This is equally delicious!
One of my favorite dishes in autumn is a nice warm bowl/pot of noodle soup. It is comfy, filling and quick to make. You can be really creative with the ingredients, I usually have one meat, at least one vegetable, one carbs and a soup base. Today these things are in my comfy bowl:
Bubble tea in China are like Starbucks in the West. They are custom made and highly addictive. When you order bubble tea in China, you can specify the amount of sugar, ice, and what to order. After the ordering, the cashier gives you a receipt with an order number on top. The store will call out the number (in Mandarin of course) when your tea is ready.
When I was in Shanghai, I lived with one bubble tea/milk tea per day. There was such a wide selection of tea stalls and tastes that I hardly repeated my tea order. I will present you the ultimate bubble tea guide in later posts, stay tuned~
This morning, my bubble tea craving kicked in so I gathered up the basic ingredients for the base of bubble tea and started brewing. It is simpler than you thought! I also found packages of cooked chestnuts laying around in the kitchen, so I tossed these goodies in my milk tea oatmeal. Chestnuts are such a comfy food in this weather.
In a hot summer day, something refreshing is the way to go. Cold noodles are popular around Asia and depending on the country and region, they are prepared differently. Various noodle types, toppings and sauce are assembled together to create the ultimate refreshing meal! In Korea, cold noodles are called Naengmyeon where traditionally, buckwheat noodles are served in a stainless-steel bowl with an iced broth, cucumbers, pickled radish, boiled egg and or beef. In Japan, soba noodles are topped with green onions and dried seaweeds, severed separately with a dipping sauce. Mien tron, the Vietnamese take on cold noodles, uses glass noodles as the base and are stirred in with coriander, sweet onions, carrots and shrimps. In China, there are numerous delicious version of cold noodles. The famous ones are Liangpi from Shanxi, sesame cold noodles from Beijing, pulled-chicken spicy cold noodles from Sichuan and so on.