December 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
My son and I went shopping for the Black Friday Sales that were happening in Vancouver. We left our house around 11am on Sunday morning and went to 3 stores including Costco. In less than 3 hours my 12 year old had bought gifts for all seven people on his list and within his budget.
I commented that I was so impressed with his budgeting and decision making skills and the amount of time that it took him to shop. He replied that he thought that it took long because I kept looking at stuff. He also said that he already had an idea of what to buy people and researched prices online.
We had worked up an appetite and decided to stop at the Noodle box Restaurant downtown on 839 Homer Street. I got the Spicy Peanut Noodle box and my son got the Kung Pao, both with tofu.
Mine had ribbon noodles with a coconut curry and veggies. My son’s was an egg noodle with a sweet chilli sauce and veggies. I love the Noodle box because the meals are huge and you always have leftovers. The wait is never more that 15 minutes and the atmosphere is nice for a casual quick service restaurant. Plus they always play good music and usually hip hop. Best of all, it’s a place that both my son and I enjoy and can share an experience over a bowl of noodles. Visit their website for locations, hours and menu, www.noodlebox.net.
December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Burma Superstar is a popular restaurant in San Francisco with multiple locations in the Bay area. My friends took me there for dinner and we ordered the tea leaf salad, a veggie noodle dish, and coconut rice with the okra tofu.
Burmese food is inspired by the various countries that it shares its borders with, that’s India, China, Laos and Thailand. The tea leaf salad was very lightly dressed with lemon juice and oil and had tea leaves that was imported from Burma. It was quite an usual flavour and the nuts and seeds balance the astringent quality of the tea.
The noodles were taught, the way that I like them, and the sauce went quite nicely and the broccoli. The curry was delicious and okra is one of my favourite asian vegetables. The coconut rice was a bit sweet and went nicely with the spiciness of the curry.
Their cocktail menu was impressive and I tried the white sangria that came with a lychee as a garnish. It was a refreshing and light drink which is what I wanted. Burma Superstar does not take reservations so arrive early. Visit their website for more information on their menu, locations and hours. www.burmasuperstar.com.
October 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
One of my kids favourite Japanese dishes is yakisoba and when they found out that I had learned how to make it they were ecstatic. When I came back from Japan, it was the first dish that I made. It is so easy and basically just requires the right sauce. My friends helped me pick the healthier organic one that I brought home in my suitcase. It is something that you can easily find in a Japanese grocery store. The only trick is to figure out the right proportions of the yakisoba sauce and soy. The noodles were very delicious though because I did not make it on a skillet, it did not have a smokey flavour or crispy bits. If you have a skillet you can use it instead of a saucepan. I used the veggies that were in my fridge but you can add anything that you like.
Cooking time 20 minutes
1 package soba noodles cooked to directions
1 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot thinly sliced
1 handful broccoli cut into small pieces
1 handful thinly cut baby carrots
2 tbsp Bulldog yakisoba sauce
2 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos or natural soy saucue
1. Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and add the oil. When warm add the shallots. Cook until soft and then add the veggies. Cook until soft about 5 mins or so.
2. Add the sauces and mix together and cook another couple minutes. Toss in the noodle, cook another 1-2 minutes stir and serve.
September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Harusame is a transparent noodle made from either potato or mung bean starch. It has texture and requires a good chew. This salad is very light and refreshing and easy to pack for lunch.
sliced yellow pepper
white rice vinegar
slices of dried chill
Place the ingredients in a bowl and toss.