Remember that little rant I had on Monday about my parents? You probably do, because I was pretty upset on that day, and my emotions were still raw even as I was typing it down.
I now realize that in a way, it was a huge blessing in disguise. In fact, it was a big slap on the face for me.
Many of you who have walked this journey with me for the past few months already know what a huge deal going away to college is for me. I mean, I’ve only been waiting for this moment for like four freaking years. Four long, tedious, painful years of hoping and trying and failing to overcome my eating disorder.
And now that the moment has come…now that I am a teeny bit more recovered…now that I look a weensy bit better…I confess that I have started to slack. Yes, I am still fighting mentally, challenging myself with fear foods and losing hold of many of my obsessive controls, but the truth is that I haven’t been focusing as much on my physical recovery.
Whether I like it or not, weight gain is half of my recovery. I am a far cry from my lowest weight, but I still have more to go. The thing is that I feel so much better from my last weight that I am deluded into thinking I’m almost normal. I’ve been focusing so much on my mental aspect, that now that I am almost recovered mentally, I have neglected focusing on the physical aspect too.
ED has deceived me into thinking that since I can think well, eat well, sleep well, walk well, and even travel without health issues in mind, weight gain isn’t such a priority anymore. I got tricked into this wrong mentality: I already eat so much, so why bother going through more discomfort and struggles?
But now…I am aware that I have only battled half the battle. I needed that kick in the ass to work harder on my physical recovery. Because I really don’t want to miss out on anything in college just because my weight. How sad that would be!
So conclusion: It’s time to slurp up more good eats.
Anyway, now that I’ve had my ass kicked, let me humble down and share with you one of my mom’s specialty dishes. It’s a traditional Korean noodle dish, one that is highly requested whenever our church holds a potluck or dinner event.
And today, after 21 years of eating this dish, I finally asked my mom to teach me how to make it.
Jap Chae (Korean Glass Noodles with Beef and Mixed Vegetables)
- 1/2 pound dried Korean dangmyeon
- sesame oil
- canola oil
- 4 oz beef, thinly sliced (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large thinly sliced onions
- 1 green bell pepper, julienned
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 2 carrots, julienned
- about 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 lb blanched spinach, drained
- 1/2 cup sliced imitation crabmeat (optional)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tsp sugar
Fill a large pot with water and cook it to a boil. When water is boiling, add the noodles and cook for about 7 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss in about 1 tsp of sesame oil. Cut the noodles into shorter pieces, about 8 inches in length, the set aside.
Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.
Next, heat up some oil in a pan. Stir-fry the beef until cooked through. Add the garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and mushrooms in stages, 30 seconds each. Then add the spinach, crabmeat, and noodles with the soy sauce mixture. Cook until heated through. Serve.
The noodles I used is easily found in a Korean market, called dangmyeon, or glass noodles:
It is made from sweet potato starch and becomes clear as glass when cooked (thus its name). Since there is no wheat it is also gluten-free, and the texture is really springy and chewy in a lovely, summery way.
Honestly, I’m not such a great fan of this dish because I don’t really like the smell and taste of sesame oil, but occasionally I do enjoy its familiar and nostalgic taste.
It’s the best dish for summer picnics, because it can be served cold, and there’s a great abundance of vegetables.
The crabmeat in there is non-traditional, but trust me, it should be! Brings a really nice, mild sweetness to the dish:
This is one dish that you’ve got to make a lot of noise slurping it up again! Hee hee, that’s the way Koreans eat, and you’re eating a Korean dish anyway, so why not enjoy it the Korean way?
SLURP~ SLURP~ And BURP~
Come now, join me in enjoying a lovely dish of jap chae!
By the way, I stopped by Costco to pick up my new glasses, and was surprised to be handed this case for my glasses:
Um…High School Musical?
Haha, apparently my glasses were actually a Disney brand for kids! Eek! Guess I have a super tiny face!
Oh, and the sweet Hillary of The First Year Wife gave me an award:
The rules for accepting this award is as follows…
1. Nominate 5 other bloggers that you feel have become part of your circle of friends in the blogger world
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation.
3. Comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.
Damn it. Haha, this is where I always get screwed over, because I have to choose! I have made so many amazing friends in the blog world that it’ll be tough to pick only 5, so let me list out some of the freaking amazing bloggers I’ve actually met in the past month:
- Natasha of 5-Star Foodie
- Mari of Namaste
- Jen of Pieces of Me
- Joanne of Eats Well With Others
- Rebecca of All Vegged Out
- and Karena of Run, Eat, Repeat
That’s six, but I’m just that god-damned lucky ;-). Hopefully my luck increases and I can get to meet more of you!
Question of the day: What is your favorite ethnic noodle dish?