Wednesday 4 June 2014

Quick Meals With Instant Noodles

[Instant Noodles] Mee Pok Dry with Dumplings
I am sure most of us loves Instant Noodles as it often helps to fill our hungry stomach in less than 10 minutes of preparation and we get to enjoy it during anytime of the day. Plus the best part of it is we get to add in whatever we like or find in the fridge too. Although I love to cook but there are also times when I just feel like having some comfort food which are easy to prepare too.

But at certain points I am also quite particular with the brand of instant noodles, method of cooking as well as the accompany ingredients. So most of the time, I would just stock the few of our favourite brands which we have being eating for years.


[Instant Noodles] Mee Goreng with meat dumpling and choy sum
For me I would prefer to cook dry instant noodles because it allows me to mix and match with different combination of ingredients. And usually I would use either 1/4 - 1/2 sachet of the given seasoning powder together with my own self-concoct sauce mixture to go with the prepared noodles. To me by adding some ketchup and chilli sauce it actually enhance the flavour with a sweet and  spicy finishing taste when combined with either balachan or hae bee hiam (spicy fried shrimp sambal). Kind of like those dry noodles sauce from hawker stalls too.

Between while cooking our instant noodles, I always try to prepare the noodles and soup separately because I don't like the taste of the soup being infused with that "oil (fried)" taste from the noodles. 

[Instant Noodles] Ingredients for preparing the dry noodles
(Yield: 1  | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

1 Packet of MYOJO Instant Mee Poh Dry
6 Meat Dumplings
Some Choy Sum, cut into sections
Chicken or Anchovies Stock

Seasoning Sauce:
1/2 Tablespoon Ketchup
1/2 Tablespoon Chilli Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Sweet Soya Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon of Sambal Belachan
1/2 Teaspoon Oyster Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon of Soup Stock
Some Fried Shallot Oil

1. Empty 1/2 sachet of seasoning powder (included in the instant noodle packet) on the serving plate.

2. Next add seasoning ingredients and give the mixture a quick stir to mix well. Set aside.

3. Cook noodles with packet instructions for 2 - 3 minutes, remove from heat. Rinse and drain well before adding it into the prepared seasoning sauce.

4. Serve noodles with choy sum and meat dumplings.

Meat Dumpling Soup with Choy Sum
To Prepare Dumpling Soup:

1. Bring 400ml soup stock of your choice to boil, blanch choy sum for 30 seconds remove and set aside.

2. Next add in prepared meat dumplings (you can made this ahead (recipe) or use store-bought frozen dumplings) and cook until done. Remove and serve with dry noodles.

There are many ways to prepare instant noodles and I believe with a little effort of 5 - 10 minutes extra you can easily transform a simple noodle dish into something nutrition and eye-catching that somehow similar to store bought.

Below are some of my self-inspired instant noodles creations which I hope it might helps to roll in some new ideas for your next instant noodles dish preparation.

[Instant Noodles] Dry Noodles with Fish Cake and Shiitake Mushrooms
- Saute the sliced shittake mushroom with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil till soften, remove and set aside while preparing the noodles.

- When done, top prepared noodles with mushrooms,  fishcake, some chopped spring onion, coriander and fried shallot.

[Instant Noodles] Mee Pok Dry with Dumplings
- Boiled some shrimp dumpling till cooked through, removed and set aside.

- When the noodles is done, top it with the prepared shrimp dumplings, homemade hae bee hian, chopped spring onion and fried shallot.

[Instant Noodles] Mee Pok Dry with BBQ Pork Ribs and Dumplings

[Instant Noodles] Mee Pok Dry with Egg and Sausage
- Instant noodles never goes wrong with egg and sausage especially with sunny-side up egg and it's oozing yolk that mixture into the dry noodles.

[Instant Noodles] Mee Pok Dry with Grilled Chicken and Salad
- For a filling and hearty meal you can grilled or baked some honey or black pepper chicken (recipe) to go with the noodles together with some salad green.

[Instant Noodles] Curry Noodles with roast chicken and egg
Instant Curry Noodles is always my first choice of comfort food during raining days or at days that I don't feel like spending time in the kitchen.

[Instant Noodles] Curry Noodles with Egg, Luncheon Meat and Veggies

[Instant Noodles] Chicken Noodle Soup with Braised Duck and Egg
Other than Curry flavour we also prefer Chicken Abalone (shown above) or Chu Qian Yi Ding (出前一丁) from Nissan. And our least favourite is those with prawns or seafood flavour which we finds them taste odd.

Inspired by Aunty Lily to add chicken and potato into my MAGGI Instant Extra Spicy Curry Noodles. And gosh the extra spicy noodles nearly set my tongue on fire.

Read more about this new spicy curry noodles recipe post at this link.

Do you know that the original Penang White Curry Noodle is actually “white” in colour and it is serve together with ingredients such as tau pok (beancurd puff), cockles, cuttlefish and beansprouts. Here is my version of Penang White Curry Noodle which I cooked sometime back.

Read more about this recipe post over at this link.

Quick ramen usually just consists of common ingredients like egg, spring onions and kimchi. But to enhance the taste and give it a better nutrition value you can also add-in extra ingredients like sausage, seafood, rice cakes, bean sprouts and etc too.

Read more about this recipe post over at this link.

Another Korean Instant Ramen cooking clip where fish slices, tofu, mushroom and Napa cabbage are added into the plain instant noodles to transform it into a nutrition dish.

Myojo Chicken Curry Noodles is one of my favourite instant noodles found in the kitchen pantry drawer. And usually for a quick lunch/supper I will add at least an egg plus some chopped spring onion to enhance the taste.

Although to some people eating instant noodles might not be a "healthy choice" but I guess by adding some extra "ingredients" to increase its nutrition level it should be alright to indulge at least once or twice a month. But then it's still up to individual to choose whether to have or not to have instant noodles stock up in their pantry.

1 comment:

  1. Some of your instant noodle looks like wan ton mee to me ^_^


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