I have a confession to make. For weeks now, I have been searching for The Perfect Dish. Something spicy, salty, fresh and, above all, interesting. My God, the hunt has been long. After consuming campus sushi daily, I turned to this week's Bone Apple Teeth forlorn, having barely touched a stove all week. “I will make the perfect depression food,” I said, depressed. Cheesy noodles (yes, sad but true) were on the menu. But inspiration, or divine intervention, struck. The following recipe is kind of a low-maintenance, white-washed Khao Soi, using the Mi Goreng noodles that you and I so fondly use on a daily basis. What followed was what can only be described as a certified miracle; I found what I had spent so long searching for. This dish is spicy without being too spicy, and surprisingly sweet and sour. My flatmates have boyfriends, clean bedrooms, good study habits. I have the perfect dish. In the end, we are all happy.
- 3 hearty pinches of lemongrass power (or use real lemongrass if you’re fancy)
- 2 slices of ginger/2 tsp of jarred ginger
- Half a red onion, diced
- Plenty of fried shallots, to top
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 2 packets of spicy Mi Goreng
- 100g of pork mince
- A cube of chicken stock (mixed with water as per instructions on the box)
- Half a lemon
- 200ml coconut milk
- 1tsp of sugar
- Chilli soya bean oil (found in the international aisle)
- Toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- In a hot, oiled frying pan, place the chilli oil, chopped onion, ginger, lemongrass and noodle seasoning. Stir for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add pork, stirring until browned.
- Now add coconut milk and chicken stock, bringing to a simmer.
- Put the kettle on to boil water for noodles.
- After 3-5 minutes, add sugar, salt, pepper and lemon. Taste as you go in order to get to your seasoning preferences (I know some of y’all are salt freaks). Reduce to low heat.
- Meanwhile, cook your noodles separately in the boiling water.
- Drain noods, place into bowls and pour broth around them (if you put actual ginger and lemongrass in, make sure to remove before pouring).
- Sprinkle generously with fried shallots and spring onion, peanuts if you so desire. Enjoy.
- Have an existential crisis about how good this meal is, don’t stop thinking about it.