Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Taiwanese Sha-Cha Beef Fried Noodle And Indonesian Seafood Fried Noodle

Moving closer to Taiwan is really making my husband "R" missing his food even more especially because he can't adjusting that well with Indonesian food. Part of the reason why I am not that good in cooking my own food is because "R" doesn't really like the way Indonesian food taste and since cooking Indonesian food actually is a lot harder than cooking Chinese food, I prefer to cook Taiwanese/Chinese food more than my own food. This thing has been going on since the first day we started going out, which means a decade ago.

"R" has been dreaming to eat this Taiwanese Sha-Cha Beef Fried Noodle for awhile until he even dreamt of it! I took pity of him so I went to a grocery store myself to buy him 2 bags of boiled yellow noodle from Sinar Supermarket.

When I showed it to him that now he has all the ingredients to cook his noodle, he happily cook on his own because he doesn't want to take a risk that I will change the way this dish suppose to taste. So since I don't have to be the one holding the cooking spatula, I can hold this camera and record him cooking his noodle. He cooked a lot of it at one time because he is planning to eat it tonight and even until tomorrow. Poor him .... missing this dish so much ...

Here is the recipe ...

Sha-Cha Beef Fried Noodle

800g ( 1 1/2 lb ) boiled yellow noodle
200g ( 7 oz ) beef
400g ( 14 oz ) water convolvulus or any other green vegetable that you like

2 T. each minced green onion, sha-cha paste
2 tsp each minced ginger, minced garlic

1 Cup stock
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

3 Tbs water
1 Tbs cornstarch
2 tsp each oil, soy sauce
1 tsp cooking wine
1/2 tsp sugar

  1. Shred beef thin, and marinate in (B). Discard tough fiber of water convolvulus, was clean and cut into 3cm sections.
  2. Heat the wok, add 2 Tbs oil and heat to hot; stir-fry beef until color pales. Add in vegetable to fry slightly. Remove.
  3. Heat the wok again, add 2 Tbs oil and heat to hot; stir fry (A) until fragrant. Add in by order of noodle, (C), and beef; stir fry evenly and heat well. Serve.

NOTE: Sha-Cha is Chinese BBQ sauce. For a Taiwanese BBQ sauce, they usually comes in a can.

Beside this noodle that "R" made for dinner, I also made 2 other dishes. One is this appetizer made with thousand year old eggs, silken tofu, and I also made pepperoni cheese pizza for my mom who is a big fan of my pizza together with my son.

For the appetizer, you don't need a complicated recipe. First, wash the silken tofu and then dry them with paper towel. Sliced them into more manageable pieces , same thing with the tofu, sliced them into smaller pieces. Arrange them in the plate. Then chopped some green onion, cilantro, chilies, then sprinkle them on top of the tofu and eggs. Sprinkle some bonito flakes if you have it on hand if not you can just skip it. Then this is the most important ingredient, you need to have soy paste, as far as I can tell, the only store that sell this soy paste is Ranch 99 supermarket in Galaxy Mall. They carry organic one that cost Rp. 67.000 ( $ 7 ) and the normal one that cost Rp. 19.000 ( $ 2 ). The choice is yours. First mixed the soy paste with some sesame oil then drizzle them on top of the egg and the tofu. Voila, your appetizer is done. See here? I just love easy recipe for a quick dinner.

Pic: My pepperoni cheese pizza

If you like to make this pizza, you can check out the recipe by clicking the pizza's name above.

Just for comparison, yesterday we went to Novotel hotel because "R" wants to swim while I chose to lay and get a full body massage with extra foot massage ( life is good! ). When we are done, we chose to eat buffet in that hotel. Since we are kind of late for dinner, most of them food are already cold so I can't say that I enjoy them very much, except 2 food that they cook in front of us. One of them is Seafood Fried Noodle. The other one is Steamboat food, they are pretty much like shabu-shabu. You choose the ingredients that you would like to eat then they cook it in a soup for you. Last time I saw them made Indonesian dessert in front of their customers. I guess they change their menu a lot to keep their buffet interesting.

Sorry if the picture and the video is not that great. The lighting is bad because it's outdoor.

Pic: Chocolate roll cake, apple strudel, and chocolate covered eclairs

Pic: Novotel's Seafood Fried Noodle

Vid: Cooking Seafood Fried Noodle in Novotel Hotel

I found this Seafood Fried Noodle at this website. It sounds more interesting than the noodle that I ate , so if you like to try it, go ahead and I hope they will taste as good as I think they will.


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