New level…

I bet everybody remembers the sotong (squid) that I bought the other day. I asked my missus to pack some in small packets to keep in the freezer so I would be able to take them out to defrost and add to my bowl of instant noodles…

That would certainly bring the taste to a whole new level!

We also do the same with the smaller pek hay (seawater prawns)…

…for this same purpose or to add when frying vegetables, rice or whatever. In Hokkien, we call it cho liao or literally translated, use as ingredient.

One thing we may do when buying prawns would be to remove the shell, heads and tails, wash and rinse them very thoroughly and boil them to get the stock. My missus may pan-fry them first – she says it will give the stock a special fragrance, nicer than if we boil them just like that. A cousin of mine would always do this and use it to cook Sarawak laksa everytime he buys some prawns. Of course, we remove the veins and dispose of them separately. For one thing, we can throw the shell and everything into the rubbish bin after boiling and there will not be any stench coming out from there at the end of the day but usually, I will take and bury them in the garden for the natural fertiliser.

Anyway, back to the instant noodles that I cooked that day, one thing I would always add, never mind whether I have any sotong or prawns or not, is an egg…

and right before serving, I would sprinkle some chopped spring onion from my garden…

– just a bit of that will make a world of difference. We may use daun sup (Chinese celery) instead if we have that in the house and the good news is that I’ve planted some and they are growing really well. I may get down to blogging about it one of these days.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

4 thoughts on “New level…”

  1. Usually I will also pack them in small packets to put in freezer not for my instant noodles but for use in frying my vegetables. It certainly brings the taste of the dish to a whole new level. As for the shell, I will boil them to get the stock. Nothing go to waste. See how your simple instant noodles turn out so yummy with the added extra ingredients…….πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

    Yes, when I cook and eat instant noodles just like that, sometimes no selera, like so plain, not nice. Throw these in and I would wish I had cooked two packets! LOL!!!

    Yes, good for frying vegetables, no need for seasoning – salt & msg. You eat outside, they say ching chao, fried plain – it is fried with garlic plus salt and msg! This way is a whole lot nicer and healthier too!!!

  2. Poached egg with the golden runny yolk is not something easy to achieve…needs lots of practice and impeccable timing. πŸ˜€

    No? But I get it right every time leh? LOL!!!

  3. I used to cook sotong but I’ve gone off it as I get older.

    My girl loves it. I’m just so so with it – I find it quite tasteless. I prefer prawns and crabs.

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