One thing that I’ve learned from the pandemic is I can cook foods that have a lot of ingredients. I know how to fry foods and that’s all. Cooking is not my thing. I don’t have skills in cooking because I’m lazy. I live alone for more than 10 years. Everything that I eat is from restaurants, fast foods, or convenience stores. For the past years, I had my breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the office. Until the pandemic happens last year, that I had to make my food.
Every time I go back home, it’s usually my mom or my sister who cooks food. I just eat or I am like the atm in our house. That’s the reason why I always want to go home because I can eat not just delicious foods but healthy as well.
But then the pandemic came and force me to stay away from my family and had to rely on YouTube for food tutorials. I am not a greenie type person which is a bad thing but then as I grow older, I just open my mouth to love greens so much. I am a fruit-type person, not so much on vegetables. Now, I must balance what I eat because I am not so young anymore. Though, I am still picky with vegetables as I cannot swallow bitter veggies like ‘Ampalaya’ (I think in other countries it is called Bitter melon or gourd, I am not so sure).
I remember when I was a kid and my mom noticed I was so pale and it’s like my blood was not circulating properly, she had to force me to eat ‘Ampalaya’, but my mouth refused. So, she had to cut it so small that it cannot be recognized anymore and cooked it with eggs.
So, from that moment, I hated vegetables especially the green ones and most vegetables are green which is in short, I don’t eat them. I always thought all vegetables have the same taste as ‘Ampalaya’. As long I can’t see the green ones in my food, I’m good to go and I can eat any type of food as long as there is no green on it.
I don’t know how I survive living alone for years and the only time I cooked (as in really cooked) my food (before 2020 happens) was when I went to live in Japan for a couple of months and all I did was fry foods and convenience store.
Enough of my ‘Me’ moments. I will be sharing my food for lunch with limited ingredients as I am still scared to go outside because of the virus that until now, continues to kill the economy and more people suffered.
I have ‘Kangkong’ as my vegetables for today. (Kangkong is water spinach in English)
The normal ingredients are as follow:
- water spinach ‘kangkong’
- soy sauce
- white vinegar
- garlic – crushed
- granulated white sugar (Others used brown sugar)
- salt and black pepper
- cooking oil
It’s very simple to cook.
- Just heat the oil in the frying pan
- Fry the garlic.
- Put the soy sauce and vinegar and sugar. Boil it for a couple of minutes.
- Add the ‘Kangkong’, covered it wait for 2 minutes.
- Stir it and add salt and black pepper.
And it’s done. So easy.
But I added chopped eggplant and pork on it.
- I fry the eggplant first until it turns brown.
- Remove it from the pan, fry the garlic.
- Put the chopped pork, water and boil it for a couple of minutes.
- Then, put the soy sauce and vinegar (I did not put any sugar on it) and boil.
- Then I added the ‘Kangkong’, covered it, and wait for it to boil.
- Then, I added the salt and black pepper.
- Add the fried eggplant and boil it for a minute or two.
- And because I love spicy, I added cayenne pepper powder.
And I’m done. Happy lunch day to me.
This is Ringo.
And see you soon.