My husband is supposed to be on a low carb diet. Thus, he cannot indulge in most hawker fare which major in noodles and rice. I made a low-carb version of one of his favourite dish Bak Chor Mee three years ago but decided against doing it again due to the young children. However, emboldened by the successful prawn noodle experience, I decided to oblige Joshua when he requested for this dish. After all, he hardly asks for a specific menu.
What a terrible mistake! I should have known that the children's good behaviour is not to be taken for granted. While making all the different components of this complex food item, I was constantly interrupted by my eldest regarding his work despite him being largely independent most of the time. Jaide kept crying to be carried and wanted to watch what I was cooking, her face inches from the stove. Jayna later on decided that she wanted to play a certain game and refused to prepare for school on her own when she, too, has been very self-motivated all these while. The timing couldn't have been worse.
In the end, I had no choice but to cut short the simmering of the stock and the stewing of the mushrooms. It felt as if I went through hell and high waters preparing this dish! As a few of my friends were commenting, I probably should resign myself to cooking simple meals at home and go out to eat the ones which need complicated preparation. I'll just have to say sorry to my poor husband who may not get to enjoy the taste of such local favourites until the children are older... much, much older.
|Thankfully, my Bear Bear |
appreciates my efforts very much.
|Kids' portion with the original egg |
noodle, instead of bean vermicelli,
with ketchup, instead of sambal chilli
the girls enjoyed this dish too, because they love noodles.
Not so my son who is an absolute rice fanatic...