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With Hamamama out of the country for a bit, I've been taking over the kitchen. This has resulted in food we can keep in the fridge that the Hamasibling can heat up with ease for breakfast (I'm too lazy and won't wake up till 7). These are all low-meat dishes, mostly because I'm not very fond of heavy meats.

Simple Fried Noodles

Fried noodles are a common breakfast food in Malaysia, where you can usually buy packets of various kinds of noodles at the morning market (or school canteens).

1 pack Rice Vermicelli (200g)
1/4 Chinese Cabbage (cut into thin strips)
1/3 cup Ham/Sausage (diced)
1/3 cup Firm Tofu (diced)
2 Eggs (beaten)
1 clove Garlic (finely chopped)
2 tbsp Fish Sauce (I personally prefer tsuyu)
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
Salt to taste

1. Soak rice vermicelli in boiling water until it is al dente. This happens fairly quickly. Drain thoroughly.
2. Stir fry the garlic till it is fragrant.
3. Throw in all the ingredients except the eggs and vermicelli. Stir fry till the cabbage is semi-cooked.
4. Add vermicelli. Heat through and mix well.
5. Add egg. Mix so it forms even lumps throughout.
6. Serve hot.

Tofu Patties

1 tube Egg Tofu (I like the flavour of egg tofu here but soft white tofu also works)
1/4 cup Raw Oatmeal
2 tbsp Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Glutinous Rice Flour
3 tbsp Plain Flour
1/4 cup Carrots (chopped fine)
1/4 cup Black Fungus (chopped fine)
1/4 cup Chinese Sweet Pickled Radish (chopped fine; optional)
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 tsp Rice Wine
1/2 tsp Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Hot English Mustard
1 clove Garlic (chopped fine)

1. Microwave tofu for about 50 seconds on HIGH until some of its liquid comes out and drain thoroughly.
2. Mash tofu to a cottage cheese consistency.
3. Add the oatmeal, breadcrumbs, vegetables and all the seasonings. Mix well.
4. Add the flour last. Mix well. The consistency you'll want is a bit like the feel of raw meatball paste. Sort of heavy and thick, and easily shaped. If it's too thin, add a bit more flour.
5. Pan fry the patties in hot oil until golden brown. Tastes nice on its own (will be well salted, so additional dressings may not be necessary), or with a salad sandwich.

Eggplant Casserole

Hamasibling hates eggplant. But he ended up eating 2/3rds of this stuff. I haven't figured out if it's starvation or possibly starvation that compels him. Eggplant left to bake and boil in cheese is nice though.

1 large Mediterranean Eggplant (sliced into very thin rounds)
1 tube Egg Tofu (soft white tofu also works)
1 medium sized Red Capsicum (diced)
1/2 cup Field Mushrooms (diced)
1/2 medium sized Onion (diced)
1/2 cup Garlic Breadcrumbs
1 bowl grated Tasty Cheese
Sliced Cheddar
2 tbsp Cream Soup/Cream Sauce (optional)
1 tbsp Hot English Mustard
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Sour Cream
1 tbsp Plain Flour
A dash of Soy Seasoning

1. Mash tofu to a cottage cheese consistency. Add all the vegetables, flour, sour cream and seasonings. Mix well.
2. Pack one layer of eggplant at the bottom of a square non-stick baking dish.
3. Spread a layer of tofu mixture on top. Sprinkle on some tasty cheese.
4. Add a layer of breadcrumbs.
5. Add a layer of sliced cheddar.
6. Repeat 2-5 until the dish is full. Top with a layer of cheese and breadcrumbs.
7. Bake at 180 C for 45-50 minutes.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
mmmmmmmm the noodles and casserole sound so good!
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I actually find the casserole quite heavy, due to the cheese, but I think that's why the kid likes it. :)

I get insane cravings for the noodles at like, 3 in the morning. Which is strange, since I never craved these fried noodles back in Malaysia. :)

Hey, your icon made me look twice. The first time, I thought it was you!
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
...yummmm. :)
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
I owes you so much email.
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Likewise, but works' been stressy.
Feb. 19th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
mmmm the fried noodles sound especially good. :9

*stomach rumbles*
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Yeah. It almost makes me miss my kindergarten days. We used to buy these noodles from the wet market in the mornings, and I could have that with a slightly cremated sunny side up. And lots of soy sauce. Mmmmmm.
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Dammit, the kitchen is cold. Don't make me want to go into the kitchen when it's cold!
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Teeeea. You need warm teeeeeeea.
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