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Wednesday, January 02, 2013


New Year Noodles



new year noodles

The days between Christmas and New Year went by in a flurry. As our family came to visit, meals were mostly eaten out, stuck between various other agendas. Breakfasts were late and rushed, my coffee beans untouched, threatening to go stale.

new year noodles

Eating well, I realized, requires some effort. Time and commitment. While it is sometimes nice to sit down at a restaurant to be fussed over, asked if more water is needed and leave with just clearing the bill, the satisfaction gained from good food from one's own kitchen, no matter how simple, is quite different. Quite rewarding, almost unprecedented. Dirty dishes, hot stove and soiled kitchen cloths notwithstanding.

new year noodles

And so we spent our first 2013 dinner for two over hot soup flavored with roast trimmings, leftover Christmas gammon, a wayward cracked egg discovered on New Year's Eve and our favorite egg noodles. Here's to a year of eating better.

New Year Noodles

Serves 2.

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • reserved bones, rind or other trimmings from any roast stuck in the deep end of your freezer
  • 2 portions of any leftover Christmas roast (we had ham)
  • 1 head bok choy (or any greens you happen to have in your produce box), cleaned and cut
  • 2 portions dry egg noodles (or any noodles of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons ginger scallion sauce
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • some chopped garlic chives or scallions to garnish

In a medium pot, bring stock and bones/roast trimmings to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes - if your stock is low sodium, adjust the seasoning accordingly. Strain and set aside. Meanwhile, blanch the greens of your choice for a couple of minutes in a pot of salted boiling water, then remove to an ice bath to stop cooking. Strain and set aside. Cook the noodles accordingly - my egg noodles take 2 minutes in boiling water. Portion the noodles into serving bowls.

In a small pan, fry the eggs to your liking (or soft boil them - I had to use up one cracked egg, hence the frying). Bring back prepared stock to a boil. Meanwhile, arrange the meat and vegetables in the bowls. Top with eggs and spoon over the ginger scallion sauce. Pour over hot stock to cover noodles, add cracked pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped chives or scallions, serve hot.



11 Comments on New Year Noodles

Happy New Year
Love all your beautiful photos

Posted by Blogger Elaine, at Jan 2, 2013, 3:21:00 PM  

if you ask me, there is nothing like home made and fresh :) Wish you a very happy New Year!

Posted by Anonymous kankana, at Jan 3, 2013, 4:38:00 AM  

Noodles for the new year sound just about right to me! This may or may not be because I also had a big bowl of noodles for dinner last night. :) Looks great!

Posted by Blogger Eileen, at Jan 3, 2013, 7:59:00 AM  

This sounds quite yummy!!! Looking delish.

Happy New Year.

Posted by Anonymous Minnie(@thelady8home), at Jan 3, 2013, 9:46:00 AM  

i am salivating over all your different bowls of noodles!! Happy New Year and thank you for sharing those delish photos.

Posted by Anonymous julianaloh (@bilbaobab), at Jan 3, 2013, 8:29:00 PM  

This is such a wonderful recipe and very resourceful for using up holiday leftovers! I get sick of eating leftover meat but mixed up with noodles and veggies, leftovers sound amazing!

Posted by Anonymous Julia {the roasted root}, at Jan 4, 2013, 12:45:00 AM  

These noodles look amazing! Asian noodle soups really are the best way to use up leftover meat!

Posted by Anonymous Diana, at Jan 4, 2013, 12:57:00 AM  

I love noodles; this looks great! Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Blogger Dianna, at Jan 4, 2013, 2:35:00 AM  

Happy New Year!

Please share the recipe for the chicken in the first photograph. Thanks!

Posted by Blogger Cynthia, at Jan 9, 2013, 6:31:00 AM  

Thank you all for the well wishes!

Cynthia: That's roasted duck, bought from the wet market. Once I attempt it on my own I will let you know. ;)

Posted by Blogger PickYin, at Jan 9, 2013, 9:54:00 AM  

Ok :) I look forward to it :)

Posted by Blogger Cynthia, at Jan 10, 2013, 7:51:00 AM  


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