Lazy Cook's 3 Healthy Fast Food Ideas

Friday, 27 December 2013
ducknoodles
Ramen noodle tossed in mixture of sesame oil, dark soy sauce and sweet soy sauce (ABC kecap manis) with slivers of cucumber, spring onion and roast duck. Served with duck soup. QUACK.

Here are snapshots of what I call my idea of "proper" fast food. We had roast duck and pancakes on Christmas day and two days later, we're still trying to finish the bird. Waste not, want not. BUT.... God forbid if I have to eat this beast on the 4th day. I'll be quacking instead of talking.


dumplings
Boiled dumplings (pork mince & grated carrots) in chicken broth and sprinkled with spring onions.

I make dumplings in bulk and freeze them. I'm lazy enough to use stock cubes (use Kallo chicken stock. They're the best). Chuck the dumplings into the pot of chicken broth and 5-10 minutes later, you've got yourself a pretty balanced meal.


porridge-samsung

This photo brought back nostalgic memories of my paternal grandmother who used to cook porridge for me in the morning. There will be an array of condiments along with the most dreaded chicken/duck essence (the black gunk all Asian kids must drink in order to magically increase our IQ and become more nerdy than we already were). There's preserved tofu, salted duck eggs, pickled lettuce or even leftover meals from the night before.

I'm too lazy to boil the salted eggs in a separate pot so I dump them into the rice cooker along with the rice (shortcut, my friends). My version includes kimchi which I'm rather addicted to. The whole point of this exercise is to do as little cooking as possible and preferably, 1 or no pots to wash. See? You can't get lazier than that. And if any self righteous food Nazi accuse you of not feeding your kid properly......send them to me.

9 comments:

  1. Looks lovely. Can you post the recipe of the ramen?

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    1. Hiya! Sure, it's actually really simple so I'll just type them out on the comment for you. The trick is to find really good ramen noodles that's chewy, springy and doesn't dissolve into a soggy mess when you cook them. My favorite is dried ramen from this brand - Jinmailang (http://starryasianmarket.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2678). Boil the noodles for 3-5 minutes until al dente.
      Meanwhile, add a dash of sesame oil, dark soy sauce and sweet soy sauce (use ABC kecap manis) and mix well in a bowl. Toss the cooked noodles with the mixed sauces. You can add a julienne of vegetables (cucumber/spring onion) and meat if you wish.

      Let me know if you need further instructions. I tend to guesstimate when I cook and I taste along the way.

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  2. You make dumplings? Well hello there…

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  3. Thanks very much. This should work. Gonna try it soon!

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  4. The dumplings look delicious! I laughed my head off when I read how you cook your eggs! :)

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  5. My mum cooked the salted egg the same way like you did. And when I saw the ABC kecap manis (I seldom paid any close attention to the sauce brands we have here!) at a convenient store during the weekend, I smiled and thought of you. - I Ying

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    1. So much easier to dump everything into one pot unless if you're like a friend of mine who finds washing up therapeutic (!!!!). ABC kecap manis has to be the Indonesians' staple food or something. Every household buys it in these huge plastic containers.

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  6. Marlene. You are human and I love you. You use stock cubes. There is a god.

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    1. When it comes to cooking, I use every imaginable shortcut known to mankind.

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