Today is the last day of the exam period and I've just handed in one of the largest projects of my life.
2 minutes before the time it was due.
Am I relieved? Yes. Was it good? Lets not go there. How do I feel now? Lets just say that I'm waiting around for my friends to finish their exams so we can head to the bar.
What I want to share with you today is nice and short -it is one of the fondest memories I have of spending time with my Poppa and also what's been keeping Jason and me well fed through the exam study period.
I have a very bad memory and, as a result, I really cherish every little bit I DO remember. In mandarin, "Ban Mien" literally means noodles mixed with sauce and is so easy to make. Due to the fact that it had minimal ingredients, it was cheaply sold (along with a big bowl of wonton soup) at every little street stall near my Nana and Poppa's house. This was also a dish frequently made by my (not very good at cooking) father when we first came to New Zealand as a cheap and simple meal and even he could make this taste good -it's very hard to mess up, you see.
|This is actually all you need. Well, this and the egg noodles|
|Takes about a minute to stir together|
|Plunging hot noodles into cold water so they don't go all sticky|
|Ban Mien feat. Wonton Soup|
Ban Mien -As Lucy likes it
Core Ingredients (remember to taste as you go, your tastes will be a little different to mine)
340g dried egg noodles
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 heaped tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or 1 tablespoon balsamic)
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup spring onions, finelly sliced
Optional Ingredients (feel free to omit and add -don't worry, I won't get angry)
2 teaspoon chilli (I recommend masterfoods, it comes freshly chopped in a jar)
Shredded roast chicken
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as per packet directions.
2. Once the noodles are cooked, plunge into a bowl of cold water so they don't all stick together later.
3. In a seperate bowl, combine everything else except spring onions and mix. If you're having trouble getting it to mix, add a little boiling water to help it along.
4. Thoroughly mix the sauce through the noodles. Taste and adjust.
5. Serve using spring onions as garnish.
Note: If you're quick about it, you can miss out the cold water bit and mix the sauce directly through the hot noodles. It's actually how they do it in the food stalls!
See how easy it is?