Cooking is a struggle when you have other things to take care of (#collegelife). Ideally, you’d like to make your own food and eat it, which can take some time. But don’t worry. It’s just baby steps! First, step into your Kapi Apartment kitchen and 🔥 up that stove!!
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It’s simple! It’s easy! And it’s delicious! All you need for ingredients are:
24 frozen fish sticks
1 cup of shredded lettuce
½ cup of chopped onion
¼ cup of chopped tomatoes
1 package of corn tortillas
1 package of sour cream
Lemons and Tapatio hot sauce recommended.
- Heat the fish sticks in the microwave for 1-2 minutes
- Pour a little bit of cooking oil in a pan and put it on a stove (medium-high heat). Let the pan warm up.
- Take the fish sticks out of the microwave and put them into the pan to fry (so that the breading on the fish sticks becomes crispy) for about 3-4 minutes. Make sure to flip the fishsticks over so that they do not burn on one side.
- Put the fish sticks on a plate to cool and pour a little bit of oil into the pan. Swirl the oil until the surface of the pan is coated evenly.
- Cook the tortillas
- Plate the tortillas (double up on the tortillas if you don’t want your taco to break) and place 2-33 fishsticks on each tortilla.
- Top with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. (Add lemon juice and hot sauce for more flavor)
Who doesn’t love a good california roll? It’s tasty and healthy! But if your sushi making skills aren’t up to standard, try making a bowl instead. You’ll need:
1-1.5 cups of rice
2 tablespoons of rice/sushi vinegar
½ cup of chopped imitation crab
¼ cup of sliced cucumber
½ tablespoon of shoyu or low-sodium soy sauce
½ tablespoon of mayo
A little bit of sesame oil
Chopped green onion (optional)
Crispy fried onion (optional)
- Steam the rice in a pan with a lid or in a rice cooker. To make sure the rice is cooked properly, measure an equal portion of rice and water prior to steaming
- Make imitation crab salad by mixing the chopped imitation crab and mayo together.
- Make the shoyu/soy sauce condiment by mixing the shoyu/soy sauce with the sesame oil. Set it aside for later.
- Once the rice is properly cooked, transfer it into a bowl big enough for mixing and cool it down. When the rice is coolled, mix in the rice/sushi vinegar. You’ll notice that the rice will become stickier and smell sweeter.
- Get two big scoops of rice in a bowl. Top with imitation crab salad, cucumber, and sliced avocado.
- Mix in a little of the shoyu/soy sauce condiment (add more later if you see fit) and wasabi (optional)
- Top with chopped green onion (for a refreshing taste) or crispy fried onion.
Miso Udon Carbonara
We’re getting fancy here! This Asian fusion dish takes a little bit of effort to make, but the end results will be delicious! If you want a challenge, give this a try! What you will need:
1 package of frozen sanuki udon noodles
1 package of enoki mushrooms
4 strips of bacon
2 egg yolks
1-1.5 cups of shredded parmesan cheese
1.5-2 cups of heavy cream or half and half
½ cup of chopped green onion
1 tablespoon of miso paste
1 teaspoon of shoyu or low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
A pinch of salt
- Boil some water in a pot and drop 3 blocks of the sanuki udon noodles into the boiling water. Let it boil for 5 minutes
- Drain the noodles and rinse them. Set the udon noodles aside for later.
- Fry the bacon. Let them cool before you chop them up into pieces. Set them aside for later.
- Wash the enoki mushrooms and cut off the bottom. Make sure to try and separate the stems so that you do not end up with a block of mushrooms.
- Pour some cooking oil into a pan and swirl until the surface is coated evenly. Let the pan heat up and pour in the shoyu/soy sauce.
- Drop the mushrooms into the pan and cook them like how you would with stir fry. Afterwards, put the cooked mushrooms into a bowl and set it aside for later.
- Mix the egg yolk, cream/half and half, garlic, miso paste, salt, and pepper together to make the sauce. Stir until the mixture is mostly even. You might have small chunks of miso paste at the bottom and that is ok!
- Coat a pan with cooking oil and heat it up. Pour in your sauce mixture and stir for 2 minutes. Afterwards, slowly mix in your Parmesan cheese as you continue stirring.
- Mix in your udon noodles. Keep stirring.
- Add in your enoki mushrooms and half of your chopped bacon. Stir.
- Plate your noodles. Top with more bacon and some chopped green onions. Add some more black pepper if you want.
Cooking is a good way to wind down when you need to. It’s healthier than eating take out all the time and you get to flex your culinary muscles! Try out some of these recipes when you can or look up the recipes to your favorite foods online!
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Written by: Jessica Tsien