Somehow every time I make Japchae, it’s hard to just make a small portion, all the ingredients add up together will make a big bowl. I wish my good friends live nearby so I could just let them know and they come over to have some. One time I did cook and then packed into boxes and delivered to my friends. However, this is not feasible anymore, weekdays are busier in his second year of kindergarden, more after school activities, driving, cooking, giving him shower and putting him to bed on time.
Japchae requires a lot of chopping but with a bit advanced planning and preparation, it didn’t stop me to enjoy this dish on a busy day. This time I didn’t use spinach but cabbage instead and added something else, worked perfectly and now I found out the tricks of how not to make the sweet potato noodle sticking together. Thanks to Maangchi’s recipe.
For ingredients, I used cabbage, carrots, zucchini, beef, enoki mushrooms, bean sprouts, cloud fungus, Chinese mushrooms, eggs. For meatless version, you can use fried tofu and more eggs instead of beef. You don’t necessary use spinach, I just use whatever I have at home and it worked. You can serve with or without rice. Marc enjoyed it very much with rice.
Good thing is that Tuesdays I have TRX, so I don’t have to worry about cooking tomorrow.
It’s best to delay your kids exposing to confectionery.
I now know why my mom had stopped me and my brother from eating sweets or crisps for as much as possible. This is because after observing for days, I notice that Marc will cough quite badly in the middle of the night when he has eaten more sweets or chocolates. Luckily, the next morning the cough is gone but he keeps coming back and asks for more chocolate again and forgets what has happened to him the night before and he has cried so badly.
And lately Marc has been crazy about chocolate or sweets, in particular Kinder Surprise Eggs. He likes the toys inside of course.
Last week I found lotus root in the local Asian grocery store. Chinese New Year is approaching, lotus root is a popular vegetable during this time as it keeps well for quite a long time. I remembered my mom would buy this and chinese leaves to keep at home as during New Year, in the past, people will not go to market for the first 2 days and therefore you will have enough vegetable at home. Lotus root is called “年耦” We have a saying 年藕年藕, 年年都有. Of which the pronunciation of lotus root sounds like you will have it every year, and we meant food and wealth keep coming every year, and therefore you won’t have shortage of food, money, etc. My parents kept reminding me that in their old days, they don’t have as well food supply as we do nowadays, and remind us not to waste food.
Last year I have made panfried lotus root with minced pork and shrimp and a red bean curd dipping sauce. Another common dish to make is Lotus root and pork belly stew with Red bean curd. I have made this last week. The lotus root I bought comes in 4 sections, so I can probably prepare 3-4 different dishes. I wrap each section with kitchen paper and then place them in a ziplock bag, so far they keep well.