Okay, I am jumping up there, right on the food porn scale with this post!
It´s no gourmet food. But like the instant spicy ramen, this is something I enjoy. Occasionally, but with immense pleasure.
I remember the first time I heard of taco rice from a Japanese girl dressed in sweet Lolita fashion. She was so cute, sweet and different. If you don’t know about Lolita fashion, take a look here. For me, back then, it was a strange new world. Those girls seemed so unusual with their look. But talking to them, getting to know them, they were just normal girls who expressed themselves through the way they dressed. A big lesson for myself. You know the saying – “don’t judge the book by its cover“. It takes time and effort to know a person. Go beyond the surface and there are so much more to learn and appreciate from each other.
That Japanese girl gave me the first taste of Taco Rice – a dish I would classify as ‘hungry student’s food’. The meat was seasoned simply with the instant taco seasoning, and some other cheap ingredients one could easily pick up from the supermarket. I was skeptical but strangely enough, it was delicious!
Forward to my kitchen, years later. I am no longer an undergrad student, living in shared house. But secretly, when I am by myself, too lazy to cook, taco rice and tuna pasta salad are my friends. Lately, I’ve toyed with a new idea – taco + noodles = taco noodles. Why not, especially for a noodle addict like myself?
The results? We all loved it – from my sister to Mr. B. We even fought for a share of it the next day. The seasoning was mightily spicy, and it went so well with cheese and sour cream.
So here it is – taco noodles. I’d say try it if you like taco and noodles.
Soba works well here, but I think thin egg noodles or spaghetti can also do the job.
Note: this is a fusion of taco flavours, and bears no resemblance to the actual taco!
Ingredients (s. 4)
Dry soba noodles, about 300-400g, cooked as per instruction
2 tsp oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
500g chicken breast fillet, cut into strips (or use beef/turkey mince)
1 package taco seasoning
extra tsp of cumin and cayenne pepper (optional)
Topping: cherry tomatoes (cut in halves), sour cream, shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos, shredded cheese etc.
+) Cook soba noodles as per package direction. Rinse well but keep warm
+) Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and slightly golden.
+) Add in the chicken, stir with an wooden spoon until the meat is quite caramelised outside. Now, get your taco seasoning to the mix. Add in extra spices and seasoning as you wish. Mix well. Pour in about a cup of water. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens.
+) Assembling the dish: divide noodles in warm bowls (Put the serving bowls in a low oven for 15 mins). Arrange the topping and laddle the meat and the sauce on top. Serve hot.
This post is prepared for the International Incident Party hosted by Penny of Jeroxie. Our current theme is NOODLE PARTY! Come to her blog for the list of all participants.
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