Remember how my multigrain fish fillet magically turned into oatmeal fish fillet? Well, I have been feeling rather grumpy since then, grumpy for not being able to eat what I wanted to. So I went hunting for it again last weekend. Alas, it was not to be! All the multigrain ones were sold out, there were only the oatmeal ones staring me in the face!
I was walking away, sulking and cursing when a couple other types of frozen food caught my eyes. I ended up going home with a pack of frozen smoked duck and frozen shimp wonton.
I have to admit, I was attracted by the pictures. I did not even check the ingredients and nutritional table at the back of the packages. I actually felt guilty for buying them once I got home. Worse, I felt like a fool. I strongly believed that I have been deceived by the pictures. My past experiences tell me that frozen food packs are always disappointing to look at when opened, every single time.
But, what’s done is done, no point to dwell on it too much. Let’s find out how they fare, shall we?
First up, the shrimp wonton. I cooked it with a packet of Demae Itcho 出前一丁 ramen.
I believe most Malaysians think this is a Singaporean brand, because the ones we get are manufactured in Singapore, but actually this guy originated from Japan and became famous in Hong Kong a couple of years later in the 1970s. The reason this guy became famous in Malaysia is because of that Hong Kong variety TV show, Super Trio Show/Movie Buff Championship 超级无敌奖门人. You know, that popular show hosted by 林晓峰 Lam Hiu Fung and 钱嘉乐 Chin Kar Lok? They frequently give prizes like 100 sticks of toothpaste and 100 packets of this Demae Ramen. 😀
Damn, can’t find a video clip of the show on Youtube, the best I can manage is their opening/ending song.
Anyway, back to the topic, my shrimp wontons..
So I cooked them with a packet of Demae Ramen and some vegetables. Before that, the wontons looked surprisingly decent. I poked open the skin of one of the wontons and saw a real piece of shrimp inside. Together with the instant Hong Kong famous ramen, it looks like a decent bowl of 鲜虾云吞面 Shrimp Wonton Noodles that you can get in Hong Kong. Or at least I think that it looks that way.
It was good..
Then the duck. Again I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of duck flavored meat substitute, I found myself staring at two slabs of smoked duck meat. I baked them in the oven for 20 minutes at 170, and while waiting I made a kuay teow (rice noodles) stir fry with some vegetables and an egg.
Again it was a decent dinner. The smoked duck looked and tasted like real smoked duck, which is itself a very good compliment as far as frozen food goes. I mean, just look at it..
Maybe it has been a really long time since I last bought frozen food packs in Malaysia. I was expecting meat substitutes and puny pieces, so I was pleasantly surprised. This is probably bad news, but I think I might give them more of a chance in my grocery shopping trips in the future.