November 28 marked yet another year of my life – how quick time flies! I’m one year older…and none the wiser! haha!
It wasn’t a big celebration – just a simple dinner of noodles at home. Remember my family’s tradition of treating everyone to dinner on our birthdays? Well, Dad is currently overseas (in HK! so jeaaaaalous..haha) so I’m delaying my dinner until he gets back this Saturday. I decided to just have a simple noodles dinner tonight, and it was actually perfect because the weather has been crazy in Perth these couple of days! Gale-force winds and rain so a nice bowl of noodles in hot soup was very comforting!
When I saw Jessie’s spinach and carrot noodles, I immediately bookmarked them and reserved them for this day. What was 2 bunches of spinach became delicious home-made spinach noodles =) They were great! Chewy, bouncy and very Q. Don’t you think home-made noodles are just the best? I used the pasta machine we have at home, just like last time.
Do you all know what ban mien is? I had the pleasure of being introduced to this dish while in SG and it’s amazing! I love it, because I love to eat noodles and the soup broth is so ching and you actually feel pretty healthy eating it =P haha. Oh, and who could forget the crunchy ikan bilis and creamy egg? hmmm..
Anyway, so my family hasn’t had it before so I decided to make a ban mien-esque dinner to mash things up a bit.
Here it is! I did say it was ‘ban mien-esque’..CC’s take on it =P
Ok, first! Can you see the awesome spinach noodles? Don’t they look beautiful? Alright, I’ll stop gushing about it.
So this is how I assembled everyone’s bowls.
1. Spinach noodles! As mentioned before, I used Jessie’s recipe but tripled it (we have 7 people leh!) and added a bit more flour because I felt the dough was too soft.
2. Blanched kang kong
3. Shredded chicken from the roast chicken Mum and I bought the night before
4. A lo sui egg each. I initially wanted to crack an egg into the bowl and have the hot soup cook it, but I scrapped that idea because (A) not everyone likes eating undercooked eggs, and (B) these eggs were in the fridge already. haha.
5. Chicken soup. I just used home-made stock, and first fried some ginger, spring onion and pork slices until fragrant then added it into the stock. I just flavoured it with some salt, pepper, and soy sauce.
6. Topped with some fried shallots, ikan bilis and roasted peanuts.
I had some shallots left over from making beef rendang, so I decided to fry my own…clearly, I need some practice in getting them out in time. They were overdone and borderline black. Actually, some WERE black! ><! That's what happens when you multi-task and (1) roast peanuts, (2) cook red bean dessert, (3) eat a peach, and (4) fry shallots at the same time. =.=' I've learnt my lesson. At least, don't eat the peach so my hands are free! =P
The ikan bilis was given by a family friend, who has known us for 20-odd years. I can’t believe she has literally seen me grow up…it’s a bit surreal in my opinion.
I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough food so I decided to slice the lo sui pork as a cold dish as well.
Now that really was the dinner =P hehe. No more surprises. It was a nice simple dinner at home, and while I don’t make a big deal about my birthday, I am happy that everyone made the time to celebrate this day with me.
Thanks to my family for enjoying the dinner I cooked for them, and taking the time to celebrate with me!
Thanks to my family and friends for the birthday wishes I received yesterday!
And, Thank YOU for reading this post and sharing the birthday happiness with me =) Enjoy the rest of the week!