Monthly Archives: April 2012


{Lest we forget}


“Braised” Noodles with Green Beans

Braised noodles with green beans or 扁豆焖面 is a household dish in Beijing, China. How I found out about this dish is a strange one. I was following a microblog of a Taiwanese celebrity and she was mentioning as a romantic gesture, her husband who’s from Beijing cooked her a vegetarian version of this braised noodles.

I was curious of course. After a little research on the net, apparently there’s no set ways to make this dish. Being a homestyle dish, I suppose there’s some degree of flexibility on how one can cook this dish. However, the general idea is this:

You add vegetables and/or meat, add soy sauce and some water, enough to make some broth then you add fresh noodles to cook in the broth, covered with a lid, until the noodles fully absorbed the broth. Then as a finishing touch, you stir in some fresh finely minced garlic. Hence the name braised noodles.


Assorted Fresh Asian Mushrooms with Snow Peas Stir Fry & A Game with Me

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! The past weekend had been “foodful” for me. I had tried two restaurants that have been on my wishlist for months, visited Orange Highland Wines and Gardens and Food Affair of Food Week. The past two days have been all about trying new things which one needs once in a while.


Orange Highland Wines & Gardens, Nashdale

Here’s another sight-seeing spot of Orange – Orange Highland Wines and Gardens which is located in Nashdale – 10 minutes away from Orange. A friend who lives there has recommended me to visit the beautiful garden, or… I shall say an award winning garden for it has garnered many local awards. Benefiting the sunny and surprisingly warm day today, I couldn’t find a better excuse to make my visit with a couple of friends. Coincidentally, it was the final station of Forage, a food and wine trail through vineywards of 3.5 kms where participants got to enjoy wine and food tasting every 500m or so (hence the mutiple stations) as part of the Food Week events.