If you’re wondering how the French cooking class turned out, see the post before this one; I added a few pics from the class so you could be part of it all. Cook that meal!! It was such a fun day. Many thanks to a great group of students. Come back soon.
A tip-top Asian cook, I’m not. Dave has always been the wokker in our kitchen. (Is “wokker” a word? I fear not. Maybe it’s “wok man?”) But in recent years, as his work load keeps increasing, he often defers to me for a little blast from China, Viet Nam, Thailand, etc., or a reasonable melange from a couple different lovely Eastern cuisines. He and daughter Emily always insist they must go out for a Chinese lunch alone because “Mom doesn’t like Chinese food.” (Whatever the reason, daughters and dads should have lunch alone.) There’s nothing farther from the truth. I just don’t like greasy Chinese food or huge bowlfuls of deep-fried whatever the nugget it is covered in slimy-sweet orange sauce. Now I’ve really got your tastebuds going, right? I’d just rather make it in my own kitchen unless I’m near a fabulous restaurant I’m sure of. (In Colorado Springs, I’ve been to really few, but am partial to Saigon Cafe downtown or Bhan Thai on Centennial.)
If I have to say what my favorite Asian dishes are, I’d have to go with noodles or soup… or soup with noodles even. The comforting heat and fresh herby fragrance wafting up from the plate make me swoon. This combo noodle-chicken-vegetable dish arrived on our table after I’d seen a very popular, though couple-year old BON APPÉTIT recipe for Sesame Noodles with Chili Oil and Scallions and was dreaming about something scrumptious for Chinese New Year Dinner. At first I didn’t pay close attention to the amounts of Szechuan pepper plus crushed red pepper, nor did I (silly girl) read the COMMENTS, which indicated a “too much vinegar” feeling. (Not at all for us.) No tears here, I loved the idea, knew we couldn’t stomach all that heat once I read the recipe thoroughly, and wanted a much more rounded dish at any rate. Here’s what I came up with… We ate it warm for dinner, and then ate off it for a couple of days cold. You could have very happy lunches. Heaven. (above: Rosie and Tucker hoping for a piece of chicken) Continue reading “Chinese/Lunar New Year Dinner: Just Make These Hot or Cold Sesame Noodles”