05 Mar 2013: Teriyaki Tofu Noodles, Dumplings and Shrimp Chips

lunch on 5 March 2013: teriyaki noodles with shrimp chips and dumplings

lunch on 5 March 2013: teriyaki noodles with shrimp chips and dumplings

Lately the kiddos have been really into “Make Your Own. . .” for dinner. It doesn’t matter what it is—tacos, salad, noodles, etc—as long as it’s Make Your Own. Of course this is more work for me—cutting everything up, putting it into little serving books, using a gazillion spoons—but, I’m indulgent so I do it. Last night was Make Your Own Miso Soup night. Miso soup is the easiest thing on earth: hot water, miso, and wakame seaweed. Then you can add in whatever veggies, protein, and/or carbs you like. I had a random assortment of add-ins last night: cubed tofu, sugar snap peas, soba noodles, pea sprouts, carrots and shumai dumplings (not at all traditional). For lunch, I turned the leftovers into cold noodle salad with a little teriyaki sauce and sesame oil. There were exactly six little dumplings left over, so into the lunch boxes they went. Oh, and while I was at the Asian market buying white and yellow miso, I couldn’t resist grabbing a giant bag of shrimp chips, so the lucky kiddos also get shrimp chip in their lunches today. Shrimp chips are one of those things: you either love them or you hate them. They are salty, fishy and full of MSG, but I’m a crazy card carrying member of the shrimp chips fan club. I think I discovered shrimp chips and my love of all things Asian when my family moved to Guam in the fifth grade. I’ve been hooked on shrimp chips ever since.

Shrimp Chips: pure heaven

Shrimp Chips: pure heaven

2 thoughts on “05 Mar 2013: Teriyaki Tofu Noodles, Dumplings and Shrimp Chips

  1. I lived in Japan when I was 12 and we bought those too, only the bag had Japanese writing on it. Somehow, we knew they were shrimp chips though. I didn’t like shrimp then, and didn’t like the shrimp chips, so we fed them to the seagulls. The seagulls loved shrimp chips. The Japanese people probably thought we were silly Americans to buy these perfectly good chips and feed them to those dirty birds. And funny thing, I wouldn’t dream of going to Pismo to feed the seagulls because that is frowned upon-only tourists do that… I need to head out and buy some shrimp chips to retry because now I LOVE shrimp! Maybe I too will love shrimp chips!

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