Back to more food rant. I love noodles. More than I love rice. My favourite at home is 'Mee Poh' (the medium thick Chinese noodles). Anyway, I don't have 'mee poh' at the moment so to satisfy my longing for noodles I have to be content with spagetti. Spagetti with Pasta sauce is something we students eat all the time. I decided to be adventurous and try something different. So I syok sendiri. I made sweet potato and mushroom tempura to eat with my garlic and herb spagetti.
The spagetti was a bit too dry. I should have made a sauce for it but I was too lazy. All I did with the spagetti was to tossed some mixed herbs, salt, pepper and a tablespoon of ready chopped garlic with chilli. Gosh how lazy have I become. The tempura was yummy. So easy to make. The proportion for the batter is 2 tablespoon flour with 3 tablespoon of cold water (apparently cold water makes it crispier) plus a pinch of salt. Soda water would be better to make it crispier but I didn't have any.
The dry spagetti failed to satisfy my noodle crazy craving. So today I cooked spagetti ala Chinese with chinese leaf and chinese mushroom. It is kinda like those 'mee hailam' at home without any seafood (PJ is a poor student. Actually more of a lazy bum who couldn't be bothered to go get her groceries.). 101 ways to eat spagetti..
I thought today was my free day but I actually have to hop off to work soon. Cause I stupidly thought I was free, I happily made Kuih Keria. Sweet potato donut (without the sugar coating on top because I want to reduce the unhealthiness of the deep frying.). I love it, maybe next time I will try baking it. Taste a bit like yu cha kueh pulak. I don't know if I am tired or if I am just a bit crazy today. It taste different from those at homes probably cause I substitute yam flour with normal flour. Can see also from the pic my sloppy donuts (esp the one on the most left) and the donut got bigger and bigger because I was worried I will be late for work so I rushed like mad even multi-tasking ( eating my diner and making the donuts at the same time.). All the rushing for nothing, now I have an hour to spare before hoping off to the Arts Center.
Currently reading The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan. I was looking for The Joy Luck Club but couldn't find it at the library. This is another very typical story of American Chinese settling into America and reflecting on their Chinese roots. I love these kinda books. It makes me think of my roots too. I guess even though my grandpa is from China (My grandma is Malaysian. She always proudly tells me she is born in Malaysia and not China. She is one loyal and proud Malaysian.), I feel ashamed sometimes that I can't read or write Mandarin. But I am glad that my parents sent me to Convent Primary/Secondary School (a Malay/English school) cause otherwise I wouldn't have met all you wonderful people. 11 most wondeful years !!
This book is also centered around the relationship between a modern American Born Chinese lady with her very conservative and traditional mother. I thought about my relationship with my mum. I was always closer to my dad as a kid. I couldn never see eye to eye with my mother in my teens. I just want to go against anything she said even though it doesn't make sense sometimes. But over the years I have grown to understand her more, I have grown to admire her for the things she do, for her strength, for her faith in God. I have grown to love her more and more for her understanding, for her faith in me, for always being there, and for just being her. I told her how much I miss her on the phone the other day and guess what she said..
'Aiyo, dun miss me lah. Go get a boyfriend then you won't miss me.'
She does this to me all the time. Its like de ja vu every time. It makes me laugh every single time. Love her so so much.