Saturday, 14 April 2012

Oriental Fried Noodle Salad

It's a four thirty pm.
We're going to a barbeque at a friend's house at six pm.
I'm making Oriental Fried Noodle salad.
My husband and boys are doing the stuff they usually do, you know - stuff. 

I've finely chopped the cabbage and green onions and made the dressing. While the pinenuts are roasting on the stove I decide to make a tsatziki dip, feed the dog, find dvds to return to my friend and dress. Upstairs, changing my clothes, I smell the smell of things gone wrong...


I have to have pinenuts in my fried noodle salad - it's not the same without them.
It's four forty five pm.

My husband and boys are still doing the stuff they usually do, you know - stuff. 
I jump in the car and drive the ten minutes to town. I get a parking spot right outside our only supermarket.

The aisles are full of holiday makers going soooooo slooooooow and blocking my fucking way.
I want to whack them.
I want to whack them and yell crazily 'DON'T YOU KNOW I'M IN A HURRY!' and 'MY NEEDS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOURS!' with no feeling in my extremities - Pinenut madness.

All I wanted to get was pinenuts but I have a list of six fricking items.
I find five of the items on my list and go to the 'interesting ingredients that make cooking painful' aisle.



I want to yell again 'WHAT THE FUCK! - IS EVERYONE IN THIS GOD DAMN TOWN MAKING ORIENTAL FUCKING FRIED NOODLE SALAD?!!!'

As if that's all you do with pine nuts.

Oriental Fried Noodle Salad

Make this salad for your next barbecue. Everyone will be asking you for the recipe. This salad has an interesting Chinese flavour combined with crunchy fried noodles and nuts.
Preparation time: 10 minutes minus driving time.
Serves 8
Degree of difficulty: easy if you watch the nuts brown
½ -1 Chinese Cabbage, or ¼ savoy cabbage (shredded finely)
6 Green Onion (chopped 5mm length)
100g LIGHTLY roasted slivered Almonds or Pinenuts Pinenuts Pinenuts
1 pkt Chang’s Fried Noodles 100g (Original or Onion Flavoured)
Dressing:
¼ cup White Vinegar
1/4 cup Castor Sugar
1 tblsp Chang’s Soy Sauce
2 tsp Chang’s sesame oil (Optional)
½ cup Olive Oil
Mix all the ingredients of the Dressing in a bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved. Combine the Cabbage, chopped Green Onions and Almonds Pinenuts in a salad bowl. Add dressing and mix well. Just before serving add the noodles and toss thoroughly.

PS Slivered Almonds are not even half as frickin' nice as pinenuts.

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20 comments:

  1. Love this. And no, it's never the same when you've got to substitute inferior nuts, is it?

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    1. No and there would have been no salad left if I'd used Pinenuts.

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  2. MMMM, pine nuts. Every single time I am required to bring a dish to pass, I burn something (sometimes when the recipe doesn't even call for cooking). I blame it on the fact that husbands and boys (and girls, for that matter) do 'stuff' while I have to make sure 5 people (and myself) are ready to walk out the door looking and acting in a presentable manner and I have a dish ready to pass.

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    1. Oh for those carefree days of doing 'stuff' while someone else makes a dish.

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  3. Haha! Isn't that always the way when you want to do something/cook/go someplace?
    It's as if the world conspires against you...or that might just be me.

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    1. No - it's just me too. People throw themselves in my way, husbands have problems they need me to solve, children have things to show me and pets get under my feet and then there's pinenuts to burn. Hahahahahahaha (mad pinenut laughter).

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  4. Such cute drawings, Julie! :D I love pine nuts and use them often. No matter how careful I am when toasting, I always manage to burn them. :-o

    I also love Chinese noodle salads--or Chinese noodles of any sort. I'll bet your dish was a big hit at the barbeque! :)

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    1. Thanks Susan. Perhaps pinenuts are quite flammable and it wasn't entirely my fault then hehehe.

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  5. Argh! That sucks! I am angry on your behalf. May your pinenuts be plentiful.

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  6. I have never heard of pinenuts. Reading blogs makes you smarter.

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  7. YUM!!!I am totally going to try your recipe and then report back to you.
    I was honestly feeling your frustration while reading the blog. I was even shaking my fist in the air, and cursing the world. I then remembered I was sitting in my bed, and not at the grocery store hunting for pinenuts ;)
    I am soooo the same! There is always that one crucial ingredient to a recipe, and it is just not the same without it.
    Ahhhh, the 'stuff' only husband and kids can do. It is never the 'stuff' we want them to do! Why is that?

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    1. Yeah but you know first world problems...they come with guilt. If there was no water at the well then I'd be in trouble.

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  8. Thank you for making me chuckle. I almost want to try Oriental fried noodle salad just to see what makes pine nuts so awesome when combined with it. :D (So awesome that half the world would want to buy them before you got there, I mean.) Found you via your guest post on Lou's blog, which is equally awesome, by the way. :)

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    1. Thanks Casey. Try it, it's yummy - well with pine nuts it is :)

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  9. Your salad sounds good. I love crunchy oriental noodles (and make a cookie out of them with peanuts, melted butterscotch chips & melted chocolate chips).
    I also love pinenuts but they're so danged costly! I usually substitute walnuts instead.
    Too bad we can't buy them pre-roasted!

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    1. Pinenuts are damned damned damned costly - I must be really rich to burn them and then go get some more.

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  10. I love that in your illustration of the shelf with the pine nuts you left one, only one, pine nut sitting on the shelf. Yes, this is how it is so often. Even if there aren't any nuts left, there's that one (imaginary?), solitary nut. Right.

    Today, before I got online, I decided to put a cap on the number of blogs I'm following in one of my many efforts to manage my time (some work and some don't, which is why I'm continuing to try out other new-ish silly efforts). When I read your reply to one of the comments on TangleLou's page where she posted your piece, though, the reply where you simply say, "Yep -- balls!" (or something along those lines) it made my heart laugh. And then of course I had to come find your blog, which has again made my heart laugh. So. I'll put the cap on AFTER I add your blog.

    Cause duh. How often do you find something that makes your heart laugh so much? For me? Not often.

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    1. Wow, thanks so much db, I'm really chuffed that I'm the last (I'm following about 42)you've made my day with your comment. Time management is a funny thing. Let me know what works.

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