Let me show you my dinner yesterday.
Wow, a meal in three separate dishes (bowls) on a tray. What happened to Lazy Man?
It all started when I went into Daiso (Japanese RM 5 store, where every items are priced at RM 5) to hunt for a square 9V battery for my SmartTag. While searching for the battery which I later found out was actually right next to the cashier, I came across the Kitchenware section and noticed these ceramic bowls and food trays. Then I thought, the plates and bowls that I currently have are all rather… large, and it would be nice to have some smaller sized bowls for better portion control. So… I grabbed 3 items from here: the red bowl, the white bowl and the tray that you see above.
So, I got me’ new bowls, best to use them for the first time. And that’s how I came up with the idea of such a meal that you see above.
The rice – I bought this at one of those zhap fan (mixed rice) stall on my way home. The auntie was less than pleased with my business. I reckon she would charge the rice cheaper if I also got some dishes, but as it is, I paid RM 1 for it.
The dish – 2 heads of organic siew pak choy (bok choy), washed and teared to pieces by hand, stir fried with a handful of minced pork and a sprinkle of garlic granules, with a teaspoon of light soy sauce, a teaspoon of dark soy sauce and a teaspoon of oyster sauce. The siew pak choy was two thirds of a RM 3.99 pack, and the handful of minced pork was a quarter of a RM 10 pack, plus all these other stuff, I reckon the cost of this thing is… probably RM 5?
The soup – I have miso paste in my fridge. This is another of my staple, I always have it. And this is great, you don’t even have to cook it. Basically just bring some water to boil, pour it into a bowl, add a blob of miso paste to it, and stir until dissolved. For a more extravagant touch, while the water is boiling, chop up some spring onion for topping. I could typically make 10 to 12 blobs from a box of RM 12 miso paste, so I guess this means my soup is RM 1.20… but then, this is a very flavorful miso soup and not those watered down sh*t that you get in the restaurants.
So, this somewhat elaborate and lavish dinner for Lazy Man costs RM 6.20 (US$ 1.40), give or take a bit.. Took me about 20 minutes to prepare and cook these. Well, 30 minutes. Gotta factor in the 10 minutes wasted for the detour to get the rice…
And this meal was rather enjoyable. I actually felt like having a nice Japanese meal with rice, miso soup and a main dish. Although the dish is rather Chinese than Japanese to be honest. I think I could do this more. But RM 1 for a bowl of rice doesn’t seem too economical. If I wanna do this more, I probably need to cook my own rice.
We shall see…