19 April 2011

Lunch box idea #2

This is another something I came up with. Something not too heavy so I do not doze off, not too full of sauce so I can dump it all into one container and not too oily so I don’t feel bad later =P


I boiled the potato the night before. It was the next morning that I decided to throw them into the pan with the Japanese tofu for a light sear using olive oil – didn’t feel like eating them too bland. Sprinkled parsley, salt and lots of pepper on em. Did the same to the Japanese tofu. Put them into the pan before my shower and by the time I was done so were they.

The french beans were lightly cooked. I don’t like mushy beans. Gave everything a nice crunch.

The tomatoes were like the desserts. Ate them raw. Raw is healthier, I guess? And also less work. Tee hee. But make sure they’re clean. I soaked them overnight.

Owh and by the way, THIS is ROU JIANG…


which to bananas like me, translates to..


“pork mince with bean paste”…

or should it be '”minced pork with bean paste” ? Anyway, it tastes awesome and is even awesomer to spice up food for lazy bones like me =D

03 April 2011

Lunch box idea #1

My hope of eating healthier food and saving my meager intern allowance, and well, stop gaining weight has led to my effort of packing lunch to work. And this is what I came up with:


Lunch box idea #1 – vermicelli with shredded cucumber, tomatoes, and a hard boiled egg, topped with ‘rou jiang’ (meat paste?) mixed with sesame oil, light soy sauce and sprinkled with spring onions. No ginger, because I was lazy to peel off its skin and shred my ginger finely.

When mixed with the vermicelli and meat paste, the cucumbers give the whole thing a refreshing crunch despite having being stored in a lunch box for 5 hours. It also adds to the volume of the whole thing, so I feel like I’m eating a little more. The thought helps me last till dinner. Lol. The meat paste gives it a savoury taste so at least, I don’t feel like a cow eating grass throughout lunch. I really like the combination of the three.

As for the tomatoes, I added them in because to give me that extra boost of vitamins (or maybe just to make me feel like the meal is healthier). After all, tomatoes are awesome in a sense that they do not need to be cooked, hold their shape, and don’t turn yellow like leafy greens – which makes them perfect for sandwiches too I guess.

I prefer soft boiled eggs, but in this case, hard would be the way to go. The eggs give me a break from all the crunch from the vermicelli and sour tomatoes when I feel like biting into something softer, more protein-like, and feels more substantial.

Guess I’m not very good at describing food – my taste palates usually talk to my brain directly. But overall, I thought this was a satisfying lunch. Well, satisfying, as long as your colleague doesn’t eat Kolo Mee in front of you =P