I have had a long loving relationship with Japanese cuisine. It’s versatile, simple but beautiful at the same time, with fresh, quiet and delicious flavors. It’s usually very healthy too. Recently, I’ve become enamored with Korean cuisine. It’s louder than its neighbors’ cuisine, often spicy and has some strong vibrant flavours. Especially during the cold winter evenings, I would find myself craving for a spicy Korean stew. Although I do like them in summer too because I do love spicy food all year round. So for last week’s lunch meal prep I made japchae, aka sweet potato starch noodle.
Here’s the simple ingredients laid out for japchae, lots of veggies and side dishes.
I boiled a whole bag of jachae cos it didn’t look that much. Well, now I know that 500 g of dry noodles can easily serve 8-10 persons. I made a spicy sauce to accompany it. For the sauce, I used Youtube Korean cooking star Maanghi’s recipe for spicy noodles. Just search for Maangchi and noodles on Youtube and you will get all her recipes. I just used different noodles. I fell in love with jachae’s texture. It’s really chewy although I over-cooked it a bit. Usually glass noodles get soggy if overcooked, but jachae didn’t. And it soaked up all the sauce like a sponge. Also, it didn’t get all hard when eaten the next day, you just have to cover it up well when microwawing. I fried up veggies and just mixed it up with the noodles. I also fried some tofu as side dish, and also some beef and shiitake mushroom stir fry. It was a very satisfying meal.
While I try to be healthy by doing lunch meal preps, I don’t always prep for dinners. And sometimes the starving teenage boy in me would crave pizza in the middle of the week. Last Thursday was one of those days so I ordered some from my local pizza place. It sure looked pretty but after few slices I lost the appetite for it and ended up throwing the left-overs away. What is happening to me?! First pasta, and then pizza…
Friday I had a day off since it was Midsummer Eve. I worked out in the morning and made some delicious food for breakfast. I fried up some mushrooms and a cabbage omelette with parmesan cheese. For something sweet I mixed up half an orange, a ring of fresh pineapple, some cherry tomatoes and carrot slaw.
On Saturday, Midsummer Day, my parents came to my place to have a dinner. Dad made a roast duck Guangzhou style. I might be biased since my hometown is Guangzhou, but I like our style of roasted ducks the most. It was a little lean but well seasoned. On the left, there was some duck innards fried with mushrooms and chives (not sure which organ). And then I just made a simple kimchi cucumber salad to cut the fattiness of the duck. It was a simple meal but delicious.
I didn’t had steak on Friday, but I did buy a steak. So on Sunday, I made a little appetizer for myself with a corn taco and wrapped up some ribeye steak, carrot slaw, tabasco hot sauce, sour cream and coriander. I waited for the oven to get hot.
And for the main course I had this beautiful steak sub. I watched a documentary about the Vietnamese sub banh mi and got inspired. But at the same time I really wanted steak and cheese sub, so I decided to combine the two. I fried some steak, put it on a opened sub, put some cheddar cheese on top and grilled it in the oven on high heat for about 5 minutes. On top, I added some carrot slaw, coriander, mayonaise and hot sauce. I was freaking delicious, even if I do say so myself.