Economical Fried Bee Hoon

Fried bee-hoon or vermicelli is something common in Asia , you can easily order a plate of stir fry vermicelli with veggie or with beef, seafood and more. In Indonesia bihun goreng is also a popular dish which can be easily found in many local eating place , from street seller  to family restaurant. Most of the time the bee-hoon are sold as plate of stir fry dish  at standard price of IDR  10,000 street price  up to  25,000 per plate (depending on  type of seller as well as the stir fry ingredients) or as part of  economical rice package where the bee-hoon is stir fry with cabbage or some greens only without any meat nor egg with it.

I called today fried bee-hoon as economical bee-hoon because it was the name that I noted at the seller signage in one of the food court in Singapore  mall . Yes they are the plain stir fry version with some cabbage and soya sauce only without any other ingredients . For the decent amount and the very affordable price  at SGD 1.5 / portion (but that was about few years ago by now probably the price is already increase), it was really economical. I bought a pack for my supper back at hotel and they taste good 🙂

Below please my economical bee-hoon ala RCC.

Economical Bihun Goreng

I use the glutten free bee hon by Thai Manufacturer (Mama brand) , a pack of total 400 gr dried bee-hoon contain 8 portion of each 50 gr, purchased price at IDR 16,500 (approx. USD 1.7). Initially I only soak about 100 gr of them and upon seeing the amount I decided to add another 50 gr (which was a mistake) and resulted to such big plate.

The other ingredient is use is with  small size  organic cabbage,  purchased at IDR 6,800 (approx. USD .70) and I only use 1/3 of the cabbage for my stir fry. Well adding up the whole cost plus some seasoning (soya sauce, sesame oil, some oyster sauce, sweet soya sauce, mushroom bouillon)  it was economical indeed because I can keep this  portion for one day meal,  lunch and probably dinner 🙂

 

 

Bento # 154 – Hinamatsuri Sandwiches Bento

Dear friends, thank you for liking my HInatmatsuri Bento, this really inspired me to create another bento with the same theme.
Today bento is another version of Hinamatsuri theme using bread and cheese.

Bento # 154 - Hinamatsuri Sandwiches Bento

Bento # 154 – Hinamatsuri Sandwiches Bento

Happy Mid week all !!!

Bento # 151 – Japanese Warrior Bento

I am following the manga series about the Genji and Heike war and today’s Japanese warrior bento were the copy of the warrior’s look during those ancient times with its heavy armor and helmet.

This is a birthday bento for my friend as well as  neighbor, Ms. HH.

Ms. HH is a very high spirit, smart  and hard working corporate lady and today theme is just perfect for her because she always love to tell herself and her team to do their best… Ganbate…Keep up the spirit.

Bento # 151 - Japanese Warrior Bento

Bento # 151 – Japanese Warrior Bento

Happy Birthday Tiek, I hope you enjoy your bento…

Bento # 149 – Rabbit in love (Valentine Bento)

It’s Thursday… It’s Valentine day.

Happy Love Day to all of you.. Wish you a lovely day with beloved one.

I remember fondly my younger days,  the excitement on Valentine days, the chocolate, the flowers, the cards (talking about card, do people still send Valentine card now a day? Or e-card? or email? or just text message in What’s up, BBM, YM, LINE, I wonder…?)

Now the older and wiser me  do not fuss that much anymore about  Valentine Day as a special love day, I believe that love have to be expressed in everything we do, every possible moment that we have, not to wait for one special day in a year. Everyday should be a Valentine day 🙂


Bento # 149 – Rabbit in love (Valentine Bento)

A full of love breakfast for myself…

Bento # 147 – Flowers sandwich Bento

Another post of my breakfast today. The internet had been acting crazy for the past few days so I tried to catch up with my lack of posting in this week.

I always admired those bento blogger whom made their own custom made colorful bread from scratch and always envious on the many interesting theme they can created with it. Since I am not a baker nor have any talent in that area, I am so happy to be able to find  purple bread made of Japanese purple sweet potato.

Today sandwiches were cheese and blueberry jam sandwiches.  I try to play and create the flowers using 3 types of bread, the normal white bread, pandan bread and the mentioned above sweet potato bread.

I cut round holes on the top layer of my sandwiches using round cookie cutter and then fill the empty holes with balls made of bread  (a technique that I saw  from bento book). You may noticed that the white flower petals were roundish like balls while the purple one is just standard shape (the bread was rather thick so I decided to just keep them into round shapes).

Bento # 147 - Flowers sandwich Bento

Bento # 147 – Flowers sandwich Bento

It’s February and Valentine is coming…. so this can serve as a good idea by sending your beloved flowers for breakfast 🙂

Love is in the air …

Bento # 141 – Pretty Poodle Bento

My breakfast today, a small size toast decorated with cheese to resemble Poodle 🙂

Bento # 141 - Pretty Poodle Bento

Bento # 141 – Pretty Poodle Bento

I made the poodle’s hair from chicken floss and decorated it with ribbon bento pick.

Happy Tuesday all 🙂

 

Bento # 134 – Early Christmas Pancake

I woke up by the sounds of loud thunder this morning , it was 6 ish  a.m and the sky looks as if its gonna rain cats and dogs.

Since I can’t go back to sleep I decided to start the day early with proper breakfast and whip myself pancakes.  As usual I can’t resist the temptation not turning them into something cute.

So rather than cutting cheese and other ingredients to beautify them I took the shortcut and decorate them with the Christmas icing that I bought from baking supplies store and tada…. super cute Christmas pancake 🙂

Bento # 134 -Christmas pancake

Bento # 134 -Christmas pancake

Counting days for the coming Christmas and Holidays…..

Bento # 119 – Mokona Modoki Bento

Any CLAMP manga or anime fans should be able to recognize the name and the look of this creature 🙂

Yes, today I am featuring Mokana Modoki, they are the two of what so called rabbit looks  like creatures from CLAMP. The actual name of the White Mokona is Soel while for the Black Mokona is Larg (though they were never called in their real names and often addressed themselves as just Mokona).

Bento # 119 – Mokona Modoki Bento

My first introduction with Mokona was in the Magic Knight Rayearth series (the white Mokona)  and then later when I read XXXHolic series , which is also by  CLAMP’s sisters, I know about the black Mokona.

My Black Mokona in today bento was not really black. The intention was to decorate it with Nori to get the whole black color but come to think of it, unlike on rice, too much Nori on bread might not be too wise when it comes to the taste so I modified the plan a bit by toasting the bread to get a warm golden brown color instead of black.

The two Mokonas were made of cheese and cucumber sandwiches, decorated with spam for the ears and feet, nori, cherry tomato, cheese and cucumber.

Happy Friday All !

Happy Bento Party Friday 🙂

 

 

 

 

Tau Suan (aka Split Green Bean Sweet Soup)

Living in tropical country we only have two seasons, the hot and the rainy. And starting this week we are officially into rainy season .

One of my favourite thing to do during this cool and cloudy day is eating warm and sweet dessert .  For my comfort food today I made “Tau Suan” aka “Split green bean  sweet soup.”

It is a popular Chinese sweet dessert and can be easily found across Asia and it taste very good to goes with “You Tiao/ You Char Kway/ Fried dough fritters), one can eat it as breakfast, dessert, noon snacks or even supper.  In Indonesia some vendor sell it with a little of coconut milk  as additional topping.

This is the first time I made this Tau Suan (get the recipe from mum) and was quite surprised that it is quite easy to cook .

  

Ingredients :

  • 150 – 200 gr of split green bean/mug bean
  • 2-3 pieces of pandan leaves, washed and tied to a knot
  • 50 gr sugar (mum suggest to use rock sugar for better taste, but since I don’t have rock sugar then I use normal white sugar instead)
  • 500 ml water
  • Thickener : 50 gr sweet potato flour mixed with ½ cup of water
  • 1 fried You Tiao (split the set into 2 and cut with scissor into 0.5 cm width)
  • Coconut milk (optional)  : cook 20 ml coconut milk + 30 ml water +  pinch of salt

Steps :

  1. Soak the  bean in water until expand, about 1 hour, drain, rinse with cooked water and drain again.
  2. Steam the beans until they are  cooked/soft but not mushy.
  3. In a pot, cook the water and pandan leaves , add rock sugar when water start to boil and stir until  sugar dissolved.
  4. Reduce the heat and add the steamed beans, stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir  in thickener slowly until the mixture reach the thickeness according to your liking , let it simmer for a while and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve with fried you tiao or drizzle coconut milk into the soup (I forgot to buy you tiao, therefore  my version only have Tau Suan with coconut milk).

Bento # 113 – Bugs family Bento

A cloudy morning and to cheer myself , I whip myself some pancake and then pack few of them for my friend whom I met for lunch today, as always can’t help it to keep those pancake as what they are.

So after some make over, the plain pancake turn into happy bugs family…

I use 2 type of cheese (milk and cheddar cheese) to make the wings and chocolate chip for the eyes and lastly sliced strawberries for the red dots. This is also the first time I use the paper lunch box that I bought in Oct, despite the M size they turn out to be quite big. I love the fact that the inner side have some foil and glossy look  which made the photo looks clean and bright.

Bento # 113 – Bugs family Bento

Happy Thursday !