Mixed Plate Friday

Ichiran Ramen (Home Kit)

How much does the kit sell for at Don Quijote nowadays? $30? Not worth it. Don’t do it. I bought this kit home with me from Japan – they sell it for about $20 there for 5 servings. This bowl shows off 2 servings. I bought the fancy sliced up char siu from Marukai and added some roasted nori (the one made for onigiri). Looks good ah? Yeah it looks good, tastes just alright. Try Ichiran when you go Japan but the home kit is not worth it.

Spicy Curry Pan | Dell’s Kitchen

Dell’s Kitchen and Pasta Miology is close to my work so I like to try it from time to time. I usually like curry pan – the one that’s like a stuffed deep fried donut. I saw this and wanted to try it and well, if you like bread you’ll like this. It’s very bready. The curry is pretty good but not enough balance of filling and bread.

You ever have a super lazy day and just want to eat some vegetables but don’t want to deal with all the prep? This was my time. I went to Marukai and got a bunch of watercress (was only $3.99 which is cheap nowadays) and then I saw a Hot Pot set in the produce section. It’s just a variety of veggies (won bok, choy sum, mushrooms and a small bunch of dried konnyaku noodles). Something possessed me to get it, even though it wasn’t a big amount of veggies and cost $10. Well I didn’t care, and I didn’t want to buy all these different veggies separately to clean and prep (yeah they are ready to use in the kit too!). Honestly it would have been pricier to buy all the different vegetables separate and I would have probably made TOO much vegetables that I cannot finish quickly. I heated up some butter and cooked the mushrooms first…then added the rest of the kit veggies. Then, I added the washed and cut up watercress and a big heaping spoonful of Better Than Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base. The watercress lets out a lot of water as it cooks which becomes the sauce. I threw the konnyaku noodles at the end of cooking for 1-2 minutes and it nicely thickens the sauce too. I really loved this dish, I would definitely do it again!

11 responses to “Mixed Plate Friday

  1. That stir fried dish looks good and SO clever to use the already chopped up Hot Pot stuff! I will be on the look out the next time I go grocery shopping and feel like cooking (which is rarely).

  2. N

    Wow watercress was cheap there. I was gonna buy it yesterday at Times and one bunch was $6.99! Safeway sells a mostly removed stalks for $5.99. It’s only me so I end up tossing most of my veggies away. So poho. I rather spend more and dump less.

    • Jenny

      I’m thinking the bunch I got must have been marked down maybe due to being old? Shoot it didn’t look old to me and tasted great! I would def recommend this option cause I agree, I hate throwing away old veggies.

      And Safeway! Stalks are some of the best parts! No take those off!

  3. kat

    yup assorted pre-cut veggies definitely save money 🙂

    • Jenny

      I am back to using Sam’s club veggies to make the same dish. Just spinach and mushrooms but will do this again when I want variety!

  4. vickinags

    I just was at Kaheka Donki and on their “expiring” table, there were 2 huge bags of watercress for $3.99 each! there were maybe 2 or 3 bunches of watercress in each bag and they were in pretty good condition, too! Just a few yellowish sprigs. I’m regretting not buying at least one bag. Sure wish I saw your post before I went! I was thinking more watercress soup. Dang!

  5. jalna

    Your ramen sure looks awesome.

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