"I don't wanna regret doing nothing cause of a tomorrow that might never come." - Simon, Gurren Lagann
I don't like eggplant. As far back as I could remember, I don't like eggplant. It's one of those things where my mom would force me to eat it and I eat it. Don't get me started with bitter melon, it's terrible. Now that I'm an adult, I get to decide what to eat. And I'm finally at that place in my head that I'll try eggplant. I even bought some last year at the farmers market. They were okay. I don't hate eggplant anymore but I wouldn't buy and cook with them. What kind of person are you? I'm just mostly flowing down a river. I've gone through most of my life always wondering the "what ifs". What if I had done that instead of being afraid to open up? I'm a shy person and rarely does much outside of my comfort zone. Moving to NYC helped a lot though. I was forced to interact with strangers and make new friends. To be honest, I'm still a little shy but once in a while I'll do crazy things like being on Time Out NY's 2013 Date These Singles (hi, slide #8).
I just watched a movie for work, starring Heather Locklear called Flirting with Forty. Forty used to sound old and now that I'm slowly inching towards forty I'm getting a little scared. The random body aches remind me that I'm getting older but if you ask my mom she will say cause I don't exercise enough. My sister is 42 and she likes being over 40. I freaked out a bit when I was 29 but then 35 was awesome. Now 38 is scaring me.
While watching Stranger Things few weeks ago, it made me felt nostalgic. Thinking about my childhood in the 80s (and even if they reboot He-man it will never live up to the original) and the 90s. If I was in that show, I would've probably been that one kid where I would've been too scared to go look for my friend or do anything reckless (aka staying in my comfort zone) and most likely get picked on. I did get picked on in junior high but that was mostly my fault (actually my parents for buying my clothes) for wearing stupid shorts that said HONDA, KODAK.....ESPIRIT. Not sure why my parents thought that was cool. It's all about being cool, man.
So what does all this have to do with Xi'an style noodles? I'm not too sure except that this was my first time making any sort of noodles from scratch and really should've done it a lot sooner. I know making noodles from scratch isn't anything earth shattering but it's a start. You gotta start somewhere so why not noodle making? I keep thinking that I want to travel back in time to high school and redo everything. Ha, I spend a lot time regretting the things I didn't do in high school. I wasted too much of my youth worrying about this and that. I could've learned how to make noodles and could've given eggplant a try instead of straight up rejecting it. Be a stronger person than a shy/quiet high schooler. Be open to things a lot sooner rather than now as I'm flirting with forty. Oh gosh, forty.
The point, don't wait. Time doesn't wait and you shouldn't too. Have an idea? Something you're interested? Go learn it, go do it.
"Just don't be distracted by the what-ifs, should-haves, and if-onlys. The one thing you choose for yourself, that is the truth of your universe." - Kamina, Gurren Lagann
Love anime wisdom
This idea came to me while attending Valentina's matcha crepe workshop. I wanted to incorporate matcha into things and came up with this idea to borrow Lady & Pups' Xi'an style noodles with matcha powder. Also cause I've been craving for the cold matcha noodles at Mission Chinese.
But anyways, I like to start off by saying.......FORGET the matcha powder! It wasn't enough to give the noodles any flavor and probably it would've been more effective if I had just dusted some afterwards. Also, I don't think I got the correct flour. My dough didn't want to stretch that much like Mandy said it would and after boiling them they weren't smooth like actual noodles. But I'm going to try again and again until I get it right. The fire has been lit. I can feel my cosmos. Burn cosmos!
Find the Xi'an style noodle recipe over at Lady & Pups.
For my version, instead of spicy cumin lamb, I did grated garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, and salt + pepper.
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 clove of garlic, grated
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
Dash of mirin
Pinch of salt + pepper
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Let it sit while the noodles cook. Once the noodles are done, drain them and toss the noodles into the bowl while still warm. Mix well.
At this point, the bowl of noodles is pretty darn good but I thought it would be a little boring so I made some marinated mushrooms (recipe by Marc from No Recipes) to go with the noodles also cause I had bought some mushrooms at the farmers market.