Monday, August 27, 2012
Nothing to hide: a woman's monthly time requires some serious attention! Oh, and some ginger sesame seed noodles
I was very happy when Abby asked me to submit a guest post at her great blogsite where she shares some awesome Filipino recipes that really make me yearn for the East Asian islands. One recipe, Tortang Talong (so fun to say out loud - but I wonder how it's actually pronounced?), is super versatile and perfect for any meal. Another one of my favourites is the Pancit, a rice noodle dish very similar to that from Taiwan. Oh dear.... pair that with some Tortang Talong, find a sunny spot somewhere, plop yourself down with a nice cold beer, you're set.
My brain decided I should do a Kim chi pancake with my wild yeast starter for the guest post. However, my brain did not consult with the rest of me first and that caused a small war. So my body decided to rebel and since it was about that time of month.....
To those of you who are experiencing a woman's monthly time directly or indirectly, this is what I'm going to talk about today (eep! For those who would prefer not to know this, please skip down to recipe below, in bold).
My mother always worried about me every month, worried that something was wrong with my blood as I hunched over with these serious cramps, sometimes unable to stand up!
And the boyfriend regularly experiences my unexplainable emotional turmoils. Such as suddenly bawling while we watched the Korean drama series "Gourmet": two brothers battling it out in Korean cuisine competitions...
But perhaps these emotional ups and downs and abdominal pains could all be attributed to the mis-regulation of or inability to expel various hormones.
Those hormones are probably circulating all over doing what they need to do and more: causing excessive bawling, unexplainable giddiness, deciding that the fetal position is the best position for the next few days.....
And usually, my mom would say that I needed to move more, exercise more, get that blood circulating, and eat lots of ginger and garlic and beef and spinach and tofu to replenish those precious lost red blood cells.
So here goes. These noodles should be eaten regularly to obtain maximal effects *mom's laser eyes*. Oh, and I'll go for a jog later.
10 - 15 thin slices ginger
1/3 cup rice wine (found in most Asian supermarkets - try to find the cooking kind, it has a lower alcohol content and more of the rice-y flavour)
2 tsp soy sauce
Optional: can add some tofu or lean beef strips for greater levels of iron
200g thin wheat noodles, cooked and drained
4 - 5 tbsp sesame seed oil
Chopped cilantro for garnish
In a hot cast iron skillet, fry ginger slices in oil until lightly browned and sticking to the pan and the aroma is wafting. Add in rice wine and gently scratch the ginger bits from the pan. Lower the heat to medium low.
Break two eggs into ginger/wine mixture and stir until cooked. Add in soy sauce. It will be kind of soupy looking.
Take the ginger/eggs off heat and stir in cooked noodles. Drizzle with sesame seed oil and divvy up into bowls. Drizzle a bit more sesame seed oil over top and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Good replenishing to you all!