Friday, October 8, 2010

Prawn Noodle 虾面

Cooking instant noodles in a healthier way?

Last weekend, we went for our family skiing trip to Whakapapa Ski Field. On our way there, we stopped over a night at Taupo and I had my first ever fishing experience. We went for prawn fishing at Huka Prawn Park just distance away from famous Huka Falls at Taupo. After an hour of fishing, I finally caught my first and also the only catch, hubby also managed to fish his at very last minutes when the prawn farm rang the bell for closing time! Too bad my boy was not so lucky and he was very disappointed as he didn't manage to catch any. These 2 prawns were the most expensive prawns we ever had as we paid $40 for family pass to fish (we were late when we arrived at the park and the park was about to close for another one and half at 4pm.)
The prawn farm packed our catch in a small plastic bag with some ice in it.
My very first catch @ 03/010/10

So, what to do with these 2 prawns? We checked in at Taupo Holiday park and got ourselves a nice self contained unit with full kitchen facilities but with limited food ingredients on hand, the only way I can think off ……….

Yes, instant noodle is always come handy for short trip. I always pack them in my food basket when we travel around New Zealand. Frankly, traveling in NZ eating out especially looking for Chinese food is not so convenient, especially if you stop over at small towns. Indeed, there are takeaway shops, but you won't want to eat Fish and chips for all the meals right? So, we use to check in self contained motel and cook our own meals. I guess this is also the traveling culture here, as Kiwi loves DIY.

But many will feel instant noodle is health risk; I must admit I love to eat instant noodles. So, to keep my guilt of having this food, I cook my instant noodles in non instant way to make it healthier J
Check it out how to cook instant noodle in a healthier way.

Instant Prawn Noodles

Instant noodles
Luncheon meat/Ham/fish balls
Veggie – Cabbages

  1. Heat up a 2 pots of water, one for cooking noodles another for making noodle soup.
  2. Once water boils put in instant noodles in one of them and cook for 3 minutes, discard the water and set aside.
  3. For other pot of water once boils throw in veggie, cabbages and cook for 3 minutes and put in fish balls. Once fish balls are cooked mix in noodles and lastly luncheon meat or ham.
  4. After pour in all ingredients, switch off the heat then only mix in instant noodle seasoning. 
  • The reason of pouring away the water is because this water might contain wax as most instant noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days for our body to excrete the wax after you have consumed the noodles
  • NEVER mix in instant noodle seasoning during boiling stage. This is because this seasoning powder is made with MSG; high heat changes molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic.




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