Instant Phố Bò

Super quick Phố Bò a Vietnamese beef noodle soup

Sometimes time just flies and you do not have time to make dinner or you just do not feel like making anything. For occasions like these I always have a small stash of different kind of instant noodles in my cupboard. I had some thinly sliced roast beef in the fridge that I was going to use for sandwiches, red onion, some fresh coriander, fresh bean sprouts and chili. So my choise was easy I as it happened that I had some instant Phố Bò.

I could have saved my self a little dishwashing and used the paper containers the noodles came in, but since it is the dishwasher which has to do the work I thought proper bowls was best, and sitting  arround the table we would get the feel we wnjoyed a proper made meal.

For this 5 minute meal I used:

Instant Phố Bò
A few slices of red onion
Thinly slice roast beef
Fresh bean sprouts
Fresh coriander
A few slices of chili

Follow the instructions for the instant noodles and add some red onions before you add the water.

Arrange a plate with the rest of the ingredients and serve everything together at the table so that each and everyone get to add as much of the ingredients as they want.

It took a maximum of 5 minutes to prepare and make and a little bit longer to enjoy before we all headed out the door for other activities.

Homemade udon noodles

 

Udon noodles in a delicious broth with a few veggies and meat, is a little piece of heaven. Japanese comfort food at its best.

Making handmade udon noodles, thick chewy Japanese noodles made from wheat flour, water, and salt, is easier than it looks, you just need your feet to help:)

This recipe makes 4 servings

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Pasta with ramson pesto, scallops and almonds

scallop and ramson pasta

Foraging for some or even just one of the ingredients for my dishes gives me a lot of satisfaction. A couple of weeks ago I picked a basket full of ramson leaves and made a few condiments. Last time I posted ramson butter, this time I made ramson pesto and made a simple pasta dish.

This dish has few ingredients but it is really tasty.

500 g pasta
4-5 tbsp ramson pesto, see recipe below
20 scallops
100 g almonds
2-3 tbsp butter
1 lemon, the juice and a few wedges for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Start by cooking lightly salted water for your pasta. Roughly chop the almonds and cut the scallops in two

When the water is boiling add your pasta.

Melt the butter in a frying pan and start by browning the chopped almonds, when nice and toasty remove the almonds and set the nuts aside.

Fry the scallops in the butter on both sides, add the juice of half a lemon or more. Salt and pepper to taste.

Drain your finished pasta and add desired amount of ramson pasta, stir untill nicely blended. Plate your pasta and top with the scallops and nuts.

Garnish with lemon and some fresh ramson.

 

Picture from when I made ramson butter

Ramson pesto

200 g Ramson
75 g white hard cheese(I used a cheese called Balsfjord, a white norwegian goats cheese)
150 ml rapeseed oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Start by placing almonds and cheese into a food processor and blitz into crumbs. Add wild garlic, process again until you’ve got a coarse pesto. Then add the oil little by little, with the machine still running.
Season with salt and pepper.

Put the pesto in cooled sterilized jars and pour a little oil on top and keep them in the fridge. The pesto will keep for a few weeks.

Scallop pasta

 

Cod mac’n cheese or as we call it in Norway fish au gratin

 

This dish is one of the childrens favorite dishes, “Fiske grateng” as it is called  in Norwegian comes in many different varieties, some with macaroni, some without, some with cheese and some without. I make it with macaroni and cheese, so it is more like a mac’n cheese.

Dinner for 4

5 dl cooked macaroni
4 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
6 dl milk
1 grated carrots
3-4 stalks shallots
3 dl grated cheese, use the cheese you like
1 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
500 g cod filet
2 eggs
1 dl bread crumbs or panko crumbs

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease a baking dish with butter.

Boil water and cook the pasta, drain and reserve.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it.

 

In a large pot, melt butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook until thick and smooth. take the pan off the heat, add the cooked macaroni, carrots, shallots, cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and cod and lightly beaten eggs and stir well. Place the mixture in a baking dish or individual dishes.

Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top with a handful of grated cheese.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden.

Serve this with a coleslaw or salad.

I made aslaw with

1 part grated apple
1 part grated carrot
1 part finely cut red cabbage
2 parts chopped kale

1 part creme fraishe/sourcream
1 part mayonese
1 tsp garlic powder
pinch salt
ground pepper

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Japchae, Sweet potato starch noodles with stirfried beef and vegetable, 잡채

Japcheae

Last summer, a few other previous Korean ex-pat ladies and I was invited to the Korean embassy in Oslo to learn to cook korean dishes, they had set up an outdoor kitchen with gas burners and all the ingredients we needed. Before we started, we got an introductiom from the embassys chef in how to cook korean.

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In this potato starch noodle dish it is about colors and uniformity, all the ingredients should be cut the same length and the vegetables are supposed to be cooked by color, so not to stain the lighter vegetables with the darker.

Stir frying each ingredient separately seems like a lot of work, but each vegetable requires a different cooking time and a bit of care.

The photo above is of me, taken before I reeked havoc in the embassy garden, because if accidents would happen, it happens to me. First I managed to spill soy sauce all over my work space and by trying to save the recipes I quickly moved the papers away and managed to light them by accident on my gas burner. Oh, the horror. I managed to pull myself together and finish with dignity.

Japchae Korean noodle dish

Japchae means mixed vegetables, and this dish is often served at Korean parties and special occasions, with seasonal vegetables added. Japchae is most commonly served as a side dish, though it may be a main dish.

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This recipe is from the embassy.

2 eggs

200 g potato starch noodles

150 g beef, sirloin steak cut into ¼ inch wide and 2½ inch long strips

1 onion

white mushrooms

1/2 cucumber

1 red bell pepper

1 carrot

2 to 3 green onions, cut crosswise into 2 inch long pieces

2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Marinade:

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp sugar

1 clove minced garlic

Ground pepper

Seasoning sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp sugar

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

 

Season the beef with the marinade in a bowl and set a side while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Make the seasoning sauce and set a side.

Make the egg garnish (jidan):

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  1. Crack the egg and separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Remove the white stringy stuff from the yolk and the thick glob in the egg white. Stir in a pinch of salt with a fork, do not beat, you do not want bubbles in the eggs.

Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to a heated non stick pan. Swirl the oil around so it covers the pan, and then wipe off the excess heated oil with a kitchen towel so only a thin layer remains on the pan.

Turn off the heat and pour the egg yolk and egg white mixture on each side of the pan. Tilt the pan carefully around so the mixtures spreads thinly, but hold them separate. Let it cook using the remaining heat in the pan for about 1 minute. Flip them over and let them sit on the pan for 1 more minute.

Cool and slice it into thin strips.

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Boil water for the noodles.

Prepare the vegetables by cutting them into strips.

Put the noodles into the boiling water, cover and cook for about 8 minutes, until the noodles are soft and chewy.

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Strain and cut them a few times with kitchen scissors. Put the noodles into the large bowl and add the sesoning sauce and mix. This process will season the noodles and also keep the noodles from sticking to each other.

Heat up a skillet over medium high heat, add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil with the onion and a pinch of salt. Stir-fry about 2 minutes until the onion looks a little translucent. Transfer to the noodle bowl.

Repeat this with all the vegetables one by one, from white to red..

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Then fry the beef and stir fry for a few minutes until the beef is no longer pink, transfer to the noodle bowl.

Mix everything together and transfer it to a plate, add the egg garnish and  sesame seeds, and serve.

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Pancit Palabok

“Come over for dinner Analiza I’ll make you some Pancit Palabok” my cousin texted me, she is along with my mum one of my sources for Filipino food.

Pancit palabok is another example of Filipino’s love of noodles. This noodle dish though comes covered with a thick red shrimp-flavored sauce, and a mishmash of toppings such as fried garlic bits, boiled shrimp, smoked fish flakes, crushed pork cracklings and hard-boiled eggs.

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The first time I tried this dish was as a kid, at a Filipino party I was handed a plate with noodles slathered in red meat sauce, and thinking it was something else I took a big bite. It wasn’t something else it was this dish, my face stiffened in a probably strange grimace and I might have gaged too as little children sometimes do. Today though I like the dish, they say that if you try something 25 times you will begin to like it.

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Serves 4

1 pack (1 lb) rice noodles (bihon)

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Sauce

2 tbsp cooking oil

400 g ground pork

1 tbsp anatto powder

3 cups pork broth

1 piece shrimp cube( bullion)

3-4 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 cup cold water

2 tbsp fish sauce

½ tsp ground black pepper

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Toppings

2 pieces fried firm tofu (tokwa), cubed

½ cup tinapa flakes (smoked fish)

½ cup chicharon, pounded(pork rind)

2 hard boiled eggs,sliced

½ cup cooked shrimps (boiled or steamed)

¼ cup green onion or scallions, finely chopped

3 tbsp fried garlic

2 pieces lemon, sliced (or 6 to 8 pieces calamansi)

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Instructions

Soak the rice noodles in water for about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Saute the minced pork in a deep pan with oil until cooked, about 5 minutes.

Dilute the annato powder in pork broth then pour the mixture in the saucepan.

Bring to a boil (If you are using anatto seeds, soak them first in 3 tbsp water to bring-out the color)

Add the shrimp cube and stir and simmer for 3 minutes

Add the corn starch mix gradually while stirring.

Add the fish sauce and ground black pepper then simmer until sauce becomes thick. Set aside.

Meanwhile, boil enough water in a pot.

Place the soaked noodles in a strainer (use metal or bamboo strainer) then submerge the strainer in the boiling water for about a minute or until the noodles are cooked. (make sure that the noodles are still firm)

Remove the strainer from the pot and drain the liquid from the noodles.

Place the noodles on a serving plate.

Pour the sauce on top of the noodles then arrange the toppings over the sauce.

Serve with a slice of lemon or calamansi. Share and enjoy!

Pasta salmone affumicato

Me: What do you want for dinner?
Son1: Pasta carbonara.
Me: It is Friday and I thought maybe something with fish.
Son2: Why do you ask then?

Me: What about Salmonara?
Children: Seriously mum Salmonara, and is that even a real dish.

Yes I agree with them, the name was kind of dorky, but it tastes wonderful

Dinner for 4
500 g Pasta
300 g smoked salmon
100 g butter
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
300 ml  cream
1 lemon, juice
1/4 cube fish broth
Dill dried or fresh.
4 stalks scallions
salt and pepper to taste.
Cook pasta according to instructions on package.
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Thinly slice the smoked salmon and spring onions.
Sauce
Melt the butter in a saucepan and melt over low heat, take off heat and add the egg yolks while you whisk.

Add the cream, stirring and boil gently on medium heat, whisk the mixture until it thickens.
Add the lemon juice , the cube of fish broth and dill while stirring.

Strain the pasta when it is finished.
Put the pasta back into the pot or a serving bowl and pour the sauce over the m\pasta and mix.
If it gets too dry then add a little cream or milk while stirring and heat up on low heat on the stove.
Plate the pasta and top it with smoked salmon, scallions,and garnish with some tomatoes for color.

Fusilli with hashed fish, nuts and mushrooms

When it comes to seafood I often use my favorite combinations of ingredients butter, garlic and lemon. Yes it is simple but yet so tasty. In this dish I have added nuts and mushrooms with the three ingredients.
This dish is quick to make, it does not take longer than it takes you to cook the pasta.

For 4 people

500 g fusilli
2 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves chopped/minced garlic
1 dl chopped walnuts
1 dl chopped almonds
200 g mushrooms cut into sticks
400 g Cod sliced / bites
1 handful chopped parsley
1-2 lemons
Start by cooking your pasta
Saute the garlic and the chopped nuts in oil and one tablespoon of butter untill golden, then add the sliced mushrooms and continue sauteing until cooked.
Add the fish and the rest of the butter, then add lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and add the parsley
If it is to dry add a little extra melted butter or oil.
Plate your dish with pasta on the bottom and a helping of the fish hash

Fry some slices of lemon and sprinkle some chopped parsley for garnish

Pancit Canton

Pancit Canton is a Filipino Noodle dish with chinese heritage. Pancit has Hokkien origines, pian i sit  which literally means “convenient food. For me and most other Filipinos pancit means noodles

Pancit Canton

In the Philippines this dish is usually served at birthday and other celebrations, the noodles represent long life and good health, but the noodles used must not be cut short so not to corrupt the symbolism.

A typical Pancit Canton makes use of sliced pork, sausage, shrimp and different kinds of vegetables.

I have used chicken, ham and shrimps for my recipe.

1 pack (1 lb) pancit canton (flour noodles)

1 onion, sliced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3/4 lb chicken breast thinly sliced

1/2 lb raw shrimps, cut in half length wise

1/4 lb cooked ham, diced

3-2 carrots sliced thin diagonally

3 stalks celery cut thin diagonally.

2 cups chicken broth

6 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 tablespoons cooking oil

pepper to taste

Prepare all your ingredients before cooking
Pancit Canton recipe
Boil water for the noodles
Saute onion, garlic and chicken i a pan with oil, when the chicken is almost cooked trough, then add carrots, baby corn, fry until the chicken is done.
Add celery, shrimps and ham, lastly add oyster sauce, soy sauce and half the broth.
Remove from heat and start cooking your pancit noodles according to the package.
When the noodles are done, drain.
Place your pan back on high heat and add the noodles and stir.
If it is a little to dry add some more broth and stir.
Enjoy and Happy longevity 🙂
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Pasta with oysters

How do you like your oysters, raw or cooked? Most people eat this delicatessen raw with a squeeze of lemon and tabasco. These days people experiment with the raw oysters with different condiments. At a hip bar in Oslo I got served raw oysters with wood sorell, spruce shoots and ants.
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When we used lived in South Korea I used to make this simple and quick little pasta dish with oysters occasionally and it would cost us less than US$ 5.-. Now that we are back in Norway I do not make this that often anymore since an oyster would cost arround US$ 3-4.- a piece. A little extravagant to make don’t you think?

At one of the local immigrant stores I came across frozen Korean oysters for about US$ 6.- per bag. I think it was about a dozen oysters per bag and so it would not cost a fortune to make this dish gain. These oysters are to be heat treated so it is not a problem if they have been frozen, as long as you thaw them properly. I usually lett anything frozen thaw out slowly by putting the frozen items in the fridge first and then take them out a little a head of time so when I cook they would be close to room temperature.
In South Korea oysters was some of the cheapest ingredient you could buy, I remember that we bought scallops at the fish market and we would get twice as many oysters with our purchase as the locals called it “for service”.This dish takes less than 30 minutes to make
For 4 people, you need:
500 g spaghetti
2-3 dozen oysters
juice of 1 lemon
100 g butter
4 cloves crushed garlic
A couple of hand fulls of hopped parsley
chili (optional)
Start by heating up water for the pasta with a little salt, and prepare all the ingredients,  put the pasta in the pot when the water is boiling..
Melt the butter in a pan and saute the garlic untill it is golden

Add the oyster and give them a quick cook, you do not want to over cook the oysters.

Then add the parsley and lemon juice

Remove the oysters and lett the sauce simmer a bit on low heat to reduce in amount.

By now the pasta should be ready, drain the pasta and put it in the pan with the oysters, salt and pepper to taste and add a little chilli if you want.

give it a quick toss and enjoy:)