Since becoming quarantined nearly a month ago I have not ordered takeout or had prepared food delivered once. One night in a moment of weakness I bought fried chicken from my local grocery store, and I broke out in hives. I think I have an underlying allergy to certain fry oils, but in our current corona-culture, it was enough to spook my very non-germophic heart.
My next few posts are going to get interesting, as I have not grocery shopped a single item since March 29. I’m craving certain foods, but I am determined to make them on my own, including Chinese takeout.
This is by far a “semi-homemade” Wonton Soup with pantry and freezer ingredients. Store bought wontons, frozen scallions (chopped and frozen by me), frozen ginger (didn’t photograph well, so subbed powdered ginger in the pic), chicken bouillon packet, and rice vinegar.
POOR WOMAN’S WONTON SOUP
1 packet Chicken Bouillon (or cube, or chicken stock or other broth)
2 cups water (if not using prepared stock/broth)
However many wontons you want to eat
1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon Ginger
2 tablespoons chopped Scallions
Simmer all ingredients together until wontons are cooked through. I wish it was more complicated than that. For extra zing, you can saute and lightly the wontons in a bit of sesame oil before adding broth.
Looks like takeout to me
Served with a scallion pancake, another one of the few convenience items in my freezer
I’ve been counting calories lately and overall looking for more balanced nutrition. A friend suggested I give up carbs, especially wheat, but I’m not quite ready. This afternoon I wanted something satiating, slightly comfort-foody, and of course quick. As usual I raided my pantry for what I had, which this time included one neatly wrapped bundle of Blue Dragon Soba Noodles (Japanese-style noodles made in China, but I digress). I checked the nutrition facts and a serving was a whopping 436 calories. However, the serving suggestion was 1/2 of a package, or 125 grams. Using my handy food scale, I weighed out one bundle, about 75 grams. Sounded like a better serving size to me!
Noodles alone were not going to cut it, so I wanted some sort of sauce. I do love me some peanut noodles, so I decided to modify the peanut sauce I often make when I am cooking Asian meals. I was pretty happy with the results and the whole lunch only took me about 15 minutes to prepare. Overall, I am happy with the nutrition of the dish, except it is a bit high in sodium due to the soy sauce I used. I may try to omit the soy sauce and add a bit of water to thin the sauce.
Quick Peanut Soba Noodles
406 calories, 66 gr carbs, 10 gr fat, 13 gr protein, 787 mg sodium, 11 gr sugar
1 bundle soba noodles (about 75 grams)
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon raw sesame seeds
Boil soba noodles according to package instructions, drain
Mix all remaining ingredients, reserving sesame seeds, until well blended
Mix peanut sauce with warm noodles, top with sesame seeds