|山東大麵 (Large Shandong noodles) are|
perfect with stew.
Luckily, I had the luxury of having my dad visit me last month. Naturally, I was happy to see him, but I was also ecstatic that he brought some of my mom's cooking with him, frozen and wrapped tightly so it would be safe during the 24+ hour journey. Of particular note was the peppery, Nigerian tomato stew. Why? Because it goes amazingly well with noodles!
Last year, the first time he visited me, my dad brought me some stew. Since I'm sometimes too lazy to cook rice myself, I decided to put the stew on noodles as they're fast to make. Since then, I've loved the combination!
|The Shandong noodles ready to go.|
I think it's clearly the oiliness of stew that makes it pair well with noodles. And, what makes stew awesome is it's longevity. I can keep it for months as long as it's in the freezer. Plus, I find that "old" stew tastes better since the flavors have really sunk in. It's my go-to dinner when I'm not sure what to eat because I don't have to add anything. However, I find that adding 白菜 (baicai or bok choy) gives it a nice crunch. A boiled egg is also a great topping.
When I still had some, I would add also my mom's blasian-style turkey which was frozen and brought over. Last year, my dad and I were taken to Yilan, a city in northeastern Taiwan, by a friend. There, my dad bought some 豆腐乳 (doufuru or fermented tofu sauce). My mom used it, curry powder, and a few other tasty spices to marinate the turkey.
|The noodles before mixing...|
|...and after mixing!|
Seriously, the noodles have a killer taste, too bad licking the screen will do no good! In my opinion, they have a similar flavor to some Chinese noodle dishes:
|Sichuan-style zhajiangmian which are,|
of course, spicier than the usual.
|炸醬麵 (zhajiangmian or fried sauce noodles)|
This bowl is from one of my favorite places
in my neighborhood.
|辣味咖哩麵 (lawei kalimian or spicy curry noodles)|
The curry sauce looks so much like Nigerian stew!
|My mom's stew and turkey, ready to be attacked!|
What are some foods you crave when you're abroad? Have you made any blasian dishes?