Recipe: cold soba noodle salad with honey soy dressing

I came across Beatrice’s insta postings where she posted pictures of her weekday lunches, tabao-ed from home, and the hashtag #pbmademepacklunch. I LOVE seeing pictures of food (if you see the explore function of my instagram account, you’ll see 65% food, 30% babies, 5% random pictures), so I clicked on the hashtag and lo and behold, lots of food pictures to look at! Super droolicious. Don’t say I never warn you: don’t browse on an empty stomach!

Today, I made myself and my husband (so weird seeing me type this word huh? LOL) packed lunches: cold soba noodle salad with egg omelette, broccoli, oyster mushrooms and pork shabu.
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No hard recipe to follow, except for the honey soy dressing.

For 2 servings, I used the following

  • one bunch of soba noodles, cooked till al dente
  • one small floret of broccoli, cut into small pieces and boiled (I reused the soba water)
  • 2 eggs, beaten and pan fried into an omelette. Cut/chop into small pieces.
  • one packet of oyster mushrooms
  • two servings of pork shabu
  • honey soy dressing

For the oyster mushrooms and pork shabu, it was lightly stir fried in the same pan after cooking the egg omelette, without adding additional oil. Mushrooms release water, so there wasn’t any need to oil the pan – the pork shabu slices were so thin, they essentially just boiled in the mushroom water.

I used the recipe from JustOneCookbook.com for the honey soy dressing, leaving out the crushed red peppers because I didn’t have any. The dressing was easy peasy and ready to use in 1 minute. I mixed everything together with the dressing (leaving out the egg omelette first) and portioned it out before scattering the omelette on top.

Best served chilled.

Signed and sealed: it’s final!

Woo hoo! My event of the year, of my entire life, was gone in a flash 2 weeks ago. Every one I knew was commenting that I looked pretty relax and chill. My response was “I had an entire year to plan this ‘show'”. And that was true. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t feel an ounce of stress on the eve of the Big Day. The only time I felt ‘sian’ was when a friend told me at the last minute that she couldn’t attend due to work commitments (erm… you had at least 3 months to plan ahead) and I had to reshuffle some tables around. I ended up paying for 1 extra table when we didn’t utilize it. BAH.

But still, I was pleasantly surprised that the day just zoomed past before we knew it. Luckily so, because we both could not stand being in the limelight. Everyone was telling us “you cannot do this, you cannot do that” OMG. Please just let me do as I wish, if you say today is my day, and the couple is the “biggest” (as in priority). I just wanted to run away with my groom.

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Anyway, we went for a short trip immediately after the wedding to break free from the stress and before the crazy workload and errands begin. Truth be told, I was more nervous and stressed about work – we have a major regional meeting planned for end of April but nothing was confirmed yet until late last week. Comparing work to my personal event, I think I had it better with my own event. Haha.

2 weeks as a Mrs already. If you ask if we are enjoying married life, we probably would tell you we don’t feel any difference. Haha. So sad. We always call ourselves ‘old farts’ because we don’t party and we prefer to stay home, if possible.