Ending the Year Right: Asian Themed Dinner

Let’s end the year right! With a final push towards healthy!

Well I at least tried!

As our final meal for 2013 I made an Asian meal. Or as Asian as someone who has yet to go to Asia to experience authentic Asian cuisine can cook…

To start dinner off correctly, I made a dupe of Benihana’s onion soup and as a main course I have a ramen stir-fry. I’ve been wanting to make this stir-fry for my mom for a little while now, but never got around to doing it. Now that I have made it I am very glad I postponed it because it ensured that both Daddy and my sister were able to also try it. All three of my family members really liked what I had prepared for them for their last meal of the year. Yay.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups canned chicken broth
  • 2 cups room temperature water
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 medium mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 4 green onions, diced

Directions:

  1. Fill large pot with chicken broth and water and bring to boil.

  2. Once boiling add white onion, carrot, celery, and salt to liquid. Once boiling again, place lid on pan and allow to simmer for ten minutes (or at least until onion is translucent)

  3. While soup is simmering away, dice four green onions and lightly fry onions.

  4. Fish out vegetables until broth is clear. Then ladle soup into bowls, add fried and fresh green onions to bowl with a few slices of mushrooms.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Benihana Dupe Soup

While making this, I used a vegetable broth which was fine, but I used this exact recipe 2 years earlier and remember that the chicken broth made the soup taste more like the one found at the restaurant.

Next I made a delicious ramen stir-fry. You can use whichever vegetables you like and think that will work best in your stir-fry, but I used the following:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup broccolini, halved
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ bag beansprouts
  • 2 stems green onion, chopped
  • 4 bricks ramen noodles
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ketjap manis
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¾ cup water

Directions:

  1. Fill medium pan with water and bring to boil, once boiling add bouillon cube and allow to dissolve. Then add 4 bricks of ramen and turn heat to low to allow to simmer.

  2. While ramen is being cooked, chop wash and chop vegetables to appropriate sizes.

  3. Check on ramen and ensure noodles are al dente. Drain water, but keep 2 Tablespoons worth to help keep noodles moist.

  4. Place large wok on stove and turn heat to medium-high, add sunflower oil to pan and allow to heat up. Add carrots, broccolini, celery, and mushroom to wok and sautée until carrots are cooked but still crunchy.

  5. Next add cooked ramen noodles to vegetables and mix with vegetables. If noodles are too hard to manipulate, add water to pan. Add sesame oil, soy sauce, ketjap manis, and honey to noodle mix. Add more if needed to match your taste.

  6. Make sure all vegetables and noodles are coated with sauce and hot before adding beansprouts and green onions. Mix for a little longer before transferring into individual bowls and serving. 

Vegetable Ramen Stir-fry

If you make the ramen stir-fry you may need to have two large spoons to help “toss” the ramen when you first add it to your vegetable mix. The noodles are very dense and will not move like the noodles do when mixing. And remember, additional salt is unnecessary because of the soy sauce and bouillon cube.

I personally wasn’t all too sure everyone in the household would like the meal I had planned for them, but it was a complete  success. Good healthy end for 2013. Daddy did however need to return to the kitchen to put some sambal on his to add some more kick to it. He then told me that once when he was on one of his many travels he had a variant of this meal at the airport. He said the taste was very similar to mine so he liked it a lot. That of course made me chuffed to bits.

When everyone was finished their plate, they went back to finish the last portion as well. So this was a great success for sure.

Unfortunately the food game for all of our family members wasn’t the best. My poor Austin was huddled in the bathroom on the third floor terrified of all the banging from the fireworks that our neighbours would light up.

Austin Scared of FireworksIf he dared to come down from his towel heaven in his firework shelter he didn’t even touch the treats I hid throughout the house. Then when it was 5 in the afternoon he didn’t even eat dinner. Poor lad.

But it was a good final day of the year and I hope you all had a good day awaiting the night of celebration!

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