Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bean Curd noodles stir fry

I miss Dubya a lot these day. Dubya who? Our much hated 'loved' 43. There, now that I have said it I feel a lot better. We all know all too well the mess the country is in right now is because of his misadventures,so much so without him the current 44 would never have been elected. What I miss the most about him is his gungho optimism in the same mould as a few other Presidents that went before him. It was also a time when everyone in the US felt that anything is possible (even invading a foreign country under false pretenses). I know there are several shades to this kind of optimism but for now we will look at only bright side please. Shall we? From jumping onto the navy ship with the mission accomplished banner fluttering in the breeze behind him to taking a slipper to his face he was the epitome of what Americans love in their leaders - bravado - and a symbol of the never say die spirit.

Contrast that image to our current apologizer in chief who has extended his apology to the people in all continents on behalf of the US, his whiny spineless giving into the opposition in the name of bipartisanship. The country no doubt feeds off what the chief executive emanates from his bully pulpit. This one seems to emanate an utter hopelessness.

To tell you the truth 2 years ago I thought he was our last chance to bring some progressive thinking into a country for a long time run by a puppet of the evil genius. Sadly our pretender in chief seems to have lost his mojo. His message of hope has turned to despair. Today America seems a shade of its former self, lacking in confidence, tired, unable to aim for greatness which it once did with ease and above all given to self doubt. It is almost too painful to watch.

Whatever be the outcome of the mid-term election I want a President who looks, speaks and acts like one. Give the job of apologizing and whining to the minions and start talking about what the country is capable of instead of where it has gone wrong. I want the President to amplify what made this country great = its optimism, courage, creativity and above all heart. For everyone's sake it has to start from the top.

With the speech out of the way, lets move on to the recipe. This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight meal when the veggies have all disappeared but a packet of noodles bean curd noodles to be exact picked on whim during a shopping visit is sitting solid in the pantry. DD2 has a fondness for chicken sausage and forced me to buy some during the most recent grocery shopping. Tofu, paneer or even mushrooms will make good substitutes for a veggie version.

What exactly is a Bean Curd noodle? Bean curd noodles are made from mung bean and acquire a transparent shiny look when soaked in water. They are also called cellophane noodles. I realized they were the same vermicelli noodles in fish curry sauce or chicken curry sauce that we usually enjoyed in Vietnamese restaurants. Having no taste on theri own they acquire the taste of the sauce or spices they are cooked in.

Bean Curd Noodles stir fry
1. 5 bundles of noodles from the package (makes about 3-4 cups of soaked noodles)
2. a pack of spicy cilantro chicken sausage sliced into thin rounds
3. 1 onion sliced (1/2 cup)
4. 1 1/2 cups of sliced cabbage (feel free to add any vegetables of choice)
5. 1/2 tbsp of chili paste or chili flakes
6. 2 tsp of soy sauce
7. 2 cloves of garlic smashed and cut fine
8. 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
9. salt to taste
10. 2-3 tsp of oil
11. handful of chopped coriander leaves
12. 2 tbsp of chopped peanuts

1. In a wok heat the oil till smoking, add the onions and saute for 4-5 minutes
2. Add the chili paste, garlic and ginger and saute for a minute more
3. Add the cabbage and let them cook together till the onions are browned and cabbage is soft and cooked
4. Add the sausage and cook till it is browned all over and heated through completely
5. In the meantime heat a sauce pan full of water to boiling and cook the noodles for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5-6 minutes. Drain. Cut the noodles into smaller pieces
6. Add in the soy sauce and salt if required. Toss
7. Add the drained noodles and mix it into the sauce. Cook for 3-4 minutes
8. Add the chopped cilantro and mix it in. Turn off the heat

Serve with the chopped peanuts on top and extra soy sauce on the side


  1. Obama is not the problem here. Expecting a man to create miracles is... especially of changing around a country facing huge debt due to unnecessary wars, bad financial planning, a population lacking in futuristic planning, etc.

    Of course, these problems plague other countries too and its citizens. Unlike South Asia or the Middle-east, or Africa, at least Americans think they are in control. But all of them want someone else to do the work for them. Clinton led in a time of world economic prosperity. Bush came and wagged his tail, basking in that economic glory. Then the wars happened, and then the financial burst.

    Feel sorry for Obama...he is many things, he ain't God. Nor does God speak to him, as God did with Bush:-)


  2. Kajan, I agree with you but for the first and last sentences here.

    When you are the President you are expected to fix all problems!! If you can't deal with it don't fight tooth and nail to get on the hot seat.

    I for one do not want God, a God talker, a messiah or any other God man. I want a President who acts Presidential.

  3. Bean curd noodles are new to me. I think I haev seen them (by your description) but never cooked with them. Looks delicious.

  4. Droolworthy noodles stir fry..have seen them but yet to try at home..

  5. Most of the time, I agree with your comments. But this time, I don't. I am a disappointed Obama supporter too. I contributed to his campaign and voted for him.

    He didn't apologise for everything. May be he bent too much before the king of Saubi Arabia. But one man can't do miracles, especially with this economy and the senate as it is. He sure deserves a lot of blame, but more than him, I blame the democrats.


  6. Anu you don't have to agree with me all the time :) I do appreciate your comments. It makes for a healthy comment section.

    Democrats are to be blamed too but Obama has to show some spine and act Presidential. I feel he doesn't and that is my big beef.

  7. Oh my, Indo, haven't seen you get so angry in a post lately!

    A nearby restaurant has glass noodles but they are like squares, not like yours.


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