New Year Seafood Curry Noodles
SO, What Did You Do On New Year's Eve?
When you get asked this question, do you feel like you're being interrogated, almost like you need to dress your answer up a little, no a lot, make it banging than it actually was.
So no, I was determined not to go out and ✌🏻have fun✌🏻 as planned. FUN cannot be planned. Fun comes from within. It cannot be organised through this process:
1. Hmm I'm curating a list of fun people to get stinking drunk with.. Imma call A, B skip C and D (cos bore-ing) maaaybe call E if F doesn't respond ---> dis is LAME
2. I'm going to book a table where it's happening and I can look awesome on Instagram (never mind that I spend the night taking pics and videos just smiling for the camera) and brag about which restaurant or bar I go to ---> dis is POSER
3. Lie to people that you had a lot of fun on New Year's Eve when you're secretly crying inside because your feet hurt and your heels are scuffed from jostling and possibly falling over drunk ---> dis is a WASTE OF TIME
Look no judgments, we've felt pressured by societal norms before but this time, I'd decided to just do me. I told my friends,
"This New Year's Eve, I'm going to stay at home, dig a hole and hide in it."
And that was exactly what I did.
I had a lot of fun cooking this experimental Seafood Curry Noodles, here's my recipe:
Just like my Bomb AF Chicken Curry, I started off with cooking the aromatics til they become a paste. So in goes 2 onion and some shallots in high heat.
Then, add ginger garlic paste and curry leaves to elevate the fragrance. Keep folding and add water bit by bit.
See, the paste is is forming because of the high heat. Now add some turmeric and curry powder.
Add a few dashes of fish sauce for flavour and saltiness.
Lay your chicken pieces that have been marinating in salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, onion and ginger powder into the paste.
Add more curry leaves.
Then close the wok lid and let the chicken cook for 30 minutes in medium/low heat. Remove the chicken and leave the paste.
Now the best part.
Add noodles cooked to about 90% doneness (I used Chinese Cream Noodles) followed by raw cockles.
The cockles cook fast, so in medium heat, keep tossing both noodles and cockles together. The raw cockles will impart taste and elevate the taste of this noodles.
Noodles should be done within a minute.
I've fried some rather large prawns I could not resist buying from my local supermarket to go with the Seafood Curry Noodles.
Look here, I'm not dissing anyone chiefly because I've a lot of incriminating stories of my own. I've come to discover that such memories of me still loom largely in the heads of my high school mates..so I'm just saying these things cos that's what I'll tell my closest friends too!
Here's to the New Year of trying something new and being yet another better version of ourselves!
Recipe serves 4
Prep time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 40 minutes
2 chicken legs (marinate in salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, onion and ginger powder for an hour)
5-6 prawns (marinate in salt, pepper, parika, onion powder, fried and put aside for garnish later)
5 tbsp raw cockles (soak in water for 30 minutes to expel sand)
2 red onions
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
7-8 sprigs curry leaves
A few dashes of fish sauce
Salt and sugar to taste