Monday, January 19, 2015

Bento Days #2 - Chow Mien~ it means Fried Noodles lah!

Ok, so from my first bento of the easy-peasy Onigiri, I jumped a few stage higher and challenged myself with chow mien.  What is chow mien you ask?  Well, its nothing fanciful or unique, it's simply fried noodles in Chinese (lol).

This was an impromptu decision to do chow mien because.... well, frankly I have no idea why I decided to do it especially when I have never, NEVER fired any rice or noodles before in my entire life!  What was I thinking??!!!  I am still wondering too hahaha!  Anyway, since I've decided on that I just have to go ahead and make it with Success as the ONLY option.

I thought we still have some instant dried noodles left such as this but I found out that morning there is only one block left; seems like chow mien is doomed to be a failure from the start eh?  Not giving up, I rummaged the drawer and found a packet of maggie noodles (Thank God!) and cooked both of them together, thus the different colored noodles.

And while the noodles are boiling, I prepare some chicken midwings as I wanted to make baked chicken wings, you can see the recipe here.  I threw it into my airfryer and let it bake while I steam the purple cabbage and fry the egg follow by the ham.  

I threw in the drained noodles into the wok to fry at high heat, add in the sauces and stir like mad to make sure all the noodles are coated with the sauce.  Next I threw in the ingredients, toss the noodle to mix it up and serve it together with the chicken mid-wings.

BTW, here is the "concoction" of the seasoning;
* 2 teaspoon soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
* ½ teaspoon sesame oil
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon salt sugar
* ½ tablespoon Shaoxing wine (optional)

Ta-da~ my maiden chow mien aka fried noodles, 1st bowl to DinoPapa to taste and "grade" it.  The verdict... PASS!  Though he said it will taste better if I added XO sauce to the noodles.  I forgot we have that in the kitchen cabinet.

Other than his Tyrrell Katz London Snack Boxes DinoBoy do not have nice nice pretty pretty cute cute lunch box (hint hint... we are open to receiving some kawaii useful lunch box hehehe~).  So today's bento is packed in a squarish Lock & Lock lookalike box that was a free gift from some where.  Lucky for me I bought some paper cups for bento couple of years ago so I can put the chicken mid-wings in it so the skin won't turn soggy when he eats it couple of hours later.

When I fetched him at the end of the day, I was chatting with his Student Care Teacher and she said during lunch break DinoBoy made noise "My Mummy arh! Put SOOOOO much purple cabbage!". So my son is not a fan of cabbage let a lone a suspicious looking purple cabbage.  

And I am so happy that he did not throw the noodles away when he couldn't finished it during recess, instead he kept it to eat again during lunch break.  Well done son!  You've done Mummy & Daddy proud by not wasting food.  

Note : I have instructed him to smell & taste the food to see if it has turned bad before he digs in, if he is unsure he can ask the teacher to check for him.  Therefore there are slim chance that he will get food poisoning by eating food that has gone bad.  


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