To Crave and To Have

“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow.
For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know anything so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing — the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it.
So whatever we may lose, every craving gives it back to us again.”
-Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Stir Fry Beef Udon
Beef Strips

(adapted from Wandering Chopstick)
serve 2

1.5 packets of udon noodles – see note
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced – or green
100 gr beef, sliced into 1 cm strips
1 tbsp white wine (or mirin)
1 tbsp kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) – to make it yourself go here
1 tbsp all purp. flour
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Vegetable oil

  • In a bowl, mix the white wine, kecap manis, flour, black pepper, and salt. Mix well, taste and adjust. Add the beef, stir to let it coated by the sauce. Let it marinate for 15-20 mins.
  • In a wok, heat up the oil and add in the onions and bell peppers. Stir fry for few minutes until the bell peppers start to turn soft, then add the udon.
  • Using spatula, try to untangle the udon a little bit. Cover the wok and let it cook for 2-3 mins. Uncover the wok, stir a little, cover and cook some more. Repeat. Add a little bit water if needed. Cook until the udon has turn soft (chewy), then transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Return the wok to fire, place the marinated meat onto the pan (without the sauce) and cook for 2-3 minutes (longer if you want the beef to char). Pour in the sauce, stir and let it thicken a little.
  • Add back the udon-bell pepper onto the wok. Stir to coat the udon-bell pepper with the sauce. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper. Serve warm. Or with Sriracha, your choice.

Note: usually one packet of udon equals one serving, but for H and I, 1.5 packets is more than enough as main meal.


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