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Saw the picture of this dish from a cookbook, but don’t quite remember the recipe. I made it up using similar ingredients – chicken with red onions and red bell peppers. This turns out beautifully and the boys loved it. Ah Lo, of course, didn’t care for the onions. He’s so lucky that I’m “forcing” him to try out different food.IMG_3801

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Now that I have chiropractor appointments during lunch time, I don’t spend time running to chinatown buying groceries. Therefore, I’m going with what’s easy (store bought pesto sauce) on our meatless Monday meals.IMG_3576

Tonight is one of those whatever-it’s-in-the-refrigerator kinda meal, at least it’s colorful!IMG_3341

Ah Lo, our picky eater, was glad to see we’re back to the “basics,” food he grew up with. Stir fry and steamed eggs for dinner. My quest to try new recipes will still continue, but we’re taking a break today. He ate two bowls of rice!

I finally mastered the technique of steaming eggs that they are silky smooth. The trick is to cover it when steaming, and exactly 8 minutes in low medium heat. This is a popular dish in our family.

While the boys are watching the Warriors playoff, I’m in the kitchen preparing tonight’s dinner. I make Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese dish of rice batter crepes, filled with a savory meat filling) on a weekend because it really does take 2 hours to make (more or less). I prepped the filling earlier today. Rolling these takes tremendous patience. Normally, people roll these in an envelope style. However, I think rolling these up like so don’t seem so doughy, which I prefer. I’ve made these before and vow not to make it again. Same with this time, but after the meal, I’m already thinking what variation I can play with next time.IMG_2962

Garlic noodles! Meatless Monday? Yes! I threw in whatever vegetables in the fridge (snow peas, bean sprouts and shitake mushrooms). Can’t have it any other way!IMG_1417

Made my own beef chow fun (乾炒牛河) for the very first time. All 3 boys love this dish, and it’s almost always an ordered item when we eat Chinese food. The ingredients are simple: beef, wide rice noodles, bean sprouts, onions, green scallions and optional Chinese chives. Making it is also easy. The trick to a good plate of beef chow fun is of course, how to marinade the beef and stir frying the rice noodles. I’ve made it before but was not successful (the noodles tend to clump together). This is my first time making it with fresh noodles. Basically I need to constantly stir to get the noodles to separate.

Homemade beef chow fun lacks the very high heat from the wok, but the flavor is there and it’s a lots less oily! IMG_1365

Ah Lo wanted mac and cheese for our meatless Monday, so mac and cheese we will have. He went “cheese” shopping with Mr. Piggy last night. He watched one youtube channel to see how it’s done using instant pot. And he did it (with little supervision). It was not too bad for the first time. I thought we will definitely have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Nope, all gone.

Glad that the boys can now make simple meals on their own. IMG_0530

Our meatless Monday meal…

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Steaming the winter melon with diced five spiced tofu, carrots, mushrooms, lotus seeds and snow fungus.

Skipping our meatless Monday today and made Hainanese chicken rice for the first time using the new toy – sous vide. Mr. Piggy bought this new tool almost a year and I’ve never gotten a chance to use it. He raved about it when he brought it home, but never touch it. Of course, he was waiting for me to do something with it. Finally today using the sous vide, we tried making the Hainanese chicken. Luckily he’s working from home so I can cook “remotely.” I prepped all the stuff last night and gave specific instructions for Mr. Piggy. Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry (they’re from Mr. Piggy’s phone). There’s not much cooking involved. Instead, just need someone to get it in the pot and remove it.

Chicken is cooked 3 hours at 75 degrees C using the sous vide.

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When done, give the chicken an ice bath and then air dry it for a good 3 hours.

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Voila! When I came home, I just need to cook the rice (using the chicken stock) and stir fry some greens. Dinner is served! The chicken is tender and juicy. My boys gave it two thumbs up and they claimed this to be ‘one of the better dinners.’

IMG_0001Though this doesn’t require much attention as the tool will cook to precision, however, you still need someone to “do the work.”