Coping with Covid-19: Lunch with an Asian Persuasion

Habit Vs. Adventure

Probably the best thing to come from being on this Covid-19 national lockdown, is my zeal to consume a vast variety of more healthy one-bowl dishes.

Considering I spent a cringe-worthy amount of money monthly, eating out, I decided to just redirect that cash to dining well at home – but with less effort…obviously!

I’m really not one for being purposeful about my eating – usually that focus is limited to my monthly grocery run, or my restaurant reviews sporadically.

When attending media events, and connecting with friends in some of the worlds lauded Cape eateries, I was always a bit more cognizant of what goes in – in part for fear of another Food poisoning episode (f*ck oysters…seriously!), but also so I know what ingredients I actually like for later munchies.

However, Lockdown – as well as being denied daily stretches of sunshine, human contact, and city adventures – have driven me to seek a vibrancy in my life, through thoroughly enjoying more heart-healthy food options, because why not?

Dining Details

Everything needs to be a production now, so every meal comes with its own photoshoot and all the aesthetic styling needed – it’s how i’m barely hanging on to sanity people!

Today’s meal is 400g of mildly chilli Sesame Chicken Noodles, which I did try to eat with chopsticks, but hunger overpowered cultural decorum so I forked it! 

There was something weirdly satisfying and physically delighting about the crunch of the fresh produce.

The tender chicken breast strips were moist and perfectly balanced to the cabbage, carrots, and broccoli.

Very much a marker of fusion Asian cuisine, were the Sesame seeds adding depth of flavor in the entire dish, while the wheat noodles in a sesame-soya sauce, were hearty in the most straightforward way.

“There is a unique freshness when eating buckwheat noodles cold with plenty of herbs and citrus acidity. I can’t think of any better use of chopsticks on a hot and sweaty evening.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

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