Tag: Food & Drink

Know your noodles

Noodles have become a staple for home-cooking. This east Asian staple comes in various shapes and sizes. As a reference the following are some of the types of noodle which are widely available in supermarkets:

Know your noodles

Just remember that noodles dishes can sometimes contain a lot of oil to keep the strands from sticking together.

Egg Noodle

This type of noodles are available fresh or dried. Egg Noodle usually has a distinct yellow colour. Ideal for stir-frying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Rice Noodles

This noodle is very thin and needs to be soaked in hot water before use.  This is also called vermicelli noodles or affectionately as stick noodles. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Glass Noodles

Glass noodles are also call cellophane noodles or bean vermicelli. They are made from mung beans and are good in salad.  This is my favourite noodles which is called sotanghon in the Philippines.

 

 

 


 

Udon Noodles

udon

udon

 

These are good in soup. The noodles are made from whole wheat and can be available dried or fresh.


 

Flat rice noodles or Ho fun

This is a white noodle which is available fresh or dried and in different widths.

This noodle is particularly popular in Vietnamese cooking but it originated in China.

 

 

 

 


 

Below is a recipe for a handmade noodles. If you have time, it is rather self-satisfying to roll your own.

 

 

Handmade Noodles Recipe

Ingredients:

125 g plain flour  or all purpose flour

2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup boiling water

1 tsp vegetable oil

Method of Preparation:

  • Sift the flour, cornflour and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour mix.
  • Add the boiling water and 1 tsp of oil.
  • Use a wooden spatula the mix until it turns into a soft dough.
  • Cover the mixing bowl with cling film and leave for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Now make the noodles by hand.  Take a small ball of dough and roll it into a flat surface with your palm until the ball elongates into long strips, i.e. noodle.
  • Repeat until all the dough has been industriously turned into noodles. 🙂

 

Singkamas (Jicama)

Singkamas, photo by JMorton taken in Pritil Market

Singkamas, photo by JMorton
taken at Pritil Market

Singkamas (Jicama)

Jicama, or Singkamas in Tagalog, is a native of Mexico and South America. It is a white tuber which is also sometimes called as Mexican Potato and in some cases, Mexican turnip.

I love singkamas. I like it served peeled and sliced thinly and then left in vinegar for a few minutes for it to soaked in the acidity of the marinade, then sprinkled with plenty of rock salt. It is so crunchy and absolutely deliciously fresh tasting.

Singkamas is also a good ingredients in salad, it is like carrot in texture but a good source of water.

Jícama is high in carbohydrates in the form of dietary fiber. It is composed of 86–90% water; it contains only trace amounts of protein and lipids. Its sweet flavor comes from the oligofructose inulin (also called fructo-oligosaccharide) which is a prebiotic. Jícama is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of potassium and Vitamin C (Wikipedia).

 

 

 

Coffee R Us

They have in Turkey a drink called coffee… as Black as Soot, and of a Strong Scent… which they take, beaten into Powder, in Water, as Hot as they can Drink it; and they take it, and sit at it is their Coffee Houses, which are like our Taverns.
– Francis Bacon

Cuppa coffee Photo by PH Morton

Cuppa coffee
Photo by PH Morton

Scientist in the Netherlands found that a cup of coffee contains enough caffeine needed to combat the risk of nodding off on long haul journeys.

This means that drivers do not have to guzzle gallons of coffee on the motorway to keep awake and the even better news that the risk of toilet time-outs is minimised!!!

Brilliant news.

Did you know?

The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant.  Contrary to past eras’ belief that caffeine in coffee renders a man impotent by depriving the body of semen, it has now been found out that sperms exposed to caffeine makes them friskier and thus swim faster.  (Does this mean that a potential daddy who is biologically on the boil needs to consume copious cups of coffees before performing to get those sperms to go crazy?!!!) 😉


Did you know? 40 per cent of coffee is produced in Columbia and Brazil.
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Did you know that the first coffee was made from boiling leaves (not sure whether it was the leaves from coffee bean tree, though)?  It was an Islamic hermit named ad-Shadhili, who lived in 1200AD in North Africa that first had coffee made from the beans.

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Did you know, the name cappuccino comes from its resemblance to the clothing worn by the Capuchin monks.

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Did you know, coffee is the first food to be freeze dried.

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Did you know?
In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”

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Did you know, there is a superstition in Brazil that putting the sugar first into your cup before the coffee will make you rich!

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Did you know?  A cup of strong black, unsweetened coffee has the added benefit of cleaning your teeth.  A study has found that coffee breaks down the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.  Ensure not to cancel out the benefit of a strong black coffee to your molars by adding milk and sugar to your cuppa.

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Did you know that coffee contains more caffeine than any other drink.

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Did you know, that in Constantinople in Turkey, denying a wife her coffee gives her grounds for divorce.
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Did you know?

The most expensive coffee in the world which retail at $600 per pound is called Kopi Luwak, which are coffee beans that are swallowed and goes through the intestine and then excreted by the Sumatran wild cat.

Nice!
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Read more: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/10-weird-facts-about-coffee/#ixzz3KUFIUJ2X

Chinatown London

Jean under the gate to Chinatown

 

Fruit from Chinatown Photo by PH Morton

On Friday 5th Oct 2012 , my Lovely wife and I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London followed by us perambulating around nearby Chinatown
The nearest Tube(Underground train) station being Leicester Square. It was fine sunny early autumnal day, however late afternoon light rain showers prevailed. Despite the wet weather the place was crowded.
The original Chinatown was situated in the East End of London at the start of the 20th Century. The Limehouse and dockland district where there were opium dens. Some Sherlock Holmes stories mention the dens and area. After the Second World War Chinese restaurants and increasing number of Chinese Hong Kong migrants moved nearer to the centre of London where Chinatown is now located. We enjoyed an excellent meal at a dim sum restaurant and the meal consisted of crispy aromatic duck with crepes hot and sour soup, sweet and sour pork, sizzling beef,vegetables pak choi etc, washed own with jasmine tea and Chinese beer.. yummy!
We then looked around some of the various supermarkets offering a dazzling variety of SE Asian vegetables, fruit and foodstuffs not only from China but the Philippines Korea et al. We bought some delicious colourful cakes. We will certainly return as regular visitors to this bustling part of London.

Oysters (Talaba)

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
– Jonathan Swift

I am so looking forward to going back home to the Philippines this December. I plan to eat lots of oysters as I have developed a taste for them here in the UK. Oysters with a spritz of lemon and drink of Champagne is the best there is.

Oysters are bivalved mollusks that can be eaten in a lot of ways; it can be eaten raw, baked, smoked, grilled, sauteed or added into soups and sauces.

Oysters (Talaba) Recipe

I remember eating oysters or “talaba” when I was young. I did not like it much as I found the consistency so much like phlegm. LOL

The way they served the oysters in the Philippines was:

1. The Oysters still in the shells were washed down with boiling water.

2. The oysters then were taken out of the shell.

3. Then vinegar, salt and ground black pepper were added.

4. Finally add shallots which have been cut thinly.

Thinking about this now make my mouth water.

I just can’t wait to eat oysters again.

By the way oysters like many seafood are a good source of calcium, protein and iodine.

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I will not eat oysters.  I want my food dead – not sick, not wounded – dead.
– Woody Allen

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Oyster is known for its aphrodisiac property. Apparently oyster contains amino acid which triggers the production of sex hormones.

Oysters are high in zinc.

 

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OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL

3 dozen oysters.
2 lemons cut in quarters.
Salt, pepper, Tobasco, horseradish and Tomato catsup.

Process:

Clean the oysters thoroughly, remove all the gunk in every nook and cranny of the corrugated limey shell.
Open, loosen, and leave them on the lower shell.
Fill soup plates with shaved ice and arrange shell on ice having the small end of shells point toward center of the plate.
Wash lemons, cut in quarters, remove seeds and serve one-quarter in center of each plate.
Garnish with sprays of parsley arranged between the shells.
Pass remaining ingredients on a small silver tray, or a cocktail dressing may be made and served in a small glass dish and passed to each guest.

Old recipe from 52 Sunday Dinners, a book of recipe by MRS. ELIZABETH O. HILLER

Milk

Milk is mainly known as a source of the much needed calcium for our bones.

But did you know?

According to a research done by American scientists, those who regularly drink milk scored higher in memory and other brain tests compared to those who skip the dairy white stuff.

Milk is apparently the latest brain boosting superfood. However the particular nutrient which causes this effect has not been fully identified.

Just know that Milk is good.

Superstition about Milk:

It is bad luck to let milk boil over.