~ Vegetable Hakka Noodles…

Hakka Noodles is an Indo-Chinese preparation also commonly called Chow Mein, this consists of stir fry noodles with a variety of vegetables and if desired you can add egg to it. The recipe I am sharing today is closer to home cooked flavors than the restaurant taste and is a quick and easy recipe to make at home in matter of minutes. A bonus is that it is a hit with kids!!

Hakka noodles is a delicious and very flavorful dish most popular with street vendors in India. In my books the Hakka Noodles you get to eat at Juhu Beach, Mumbai is one of the best in the world!! And here in US, the Chow Mein you get in Panda Express is super yummy too 🙂 Today, I am sharing my recipe of Hakka Noodles and hoping you all will try it out and enjoy it too!!

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Serving: 3-4 people

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Hakka Noodles or if not available, you can use Angel Hair or Linguine Pasta
  • 3 to 4 medium spring onions, finely chopped, keep a few greens for garnishing
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup tri-colored bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cup canned corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or add as required per taste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or add as required per taste
  • Chilly sauce / Tomato ketchup as desired
  • ½ tablespoon oil for coating the noodles
  • 2 tablespoon oil for stir frying
  • Salt and Pepper as required per taste

Method:

  1. Cook the noodles/pasta as per the instructions on the box.
  2. Once noodles are cooked, run them under cold water and put a few drops of oil and gently mix (helps them not stick) and keep aside.
  3. While the noodles are still cooking, on the side, rinse, chop and prepare all the veggies you want to use. In case of canned vegetables, wash beforehand and for frozen vegetables, thaw them by soaking in hot water prior to cooking.
  4. Heat oil in a wok or kadai or even a non-stick pan would do.
  5. On medium heat add the finely chopped spring onions, bell peppers, corn and cabbage. Increase the flame and stir fry for 3-5 minutes, till the veggies start getting slightly browned from the edges.
  6. Add soy sauce and vinegar and stir.
  7. Add the noodles and toss it well and stir fry for a minute on high heat.
  8. Season with salt and pepper as per taste and continue to toss and cook the noodles on a high flame for a minute.
  9. Add a little bit of chilly sauce / tomato ketchup as desired.
  10. Garnish with the remaining chopped spring onion greens and serve hot!!
Do try out this recipe and let me know how you liked it 🙂 Now I am heading to the kitchen to make some Hakka Noodles to satisfy my craving, thanks to this blog post! Have a good weekend y’all 🙂

~ Tips and Tricks to Thin out Nail Polishes…

Happy Monday all you lovely people!! Hope you had a good weekend… Ours was fab! Having my parents here is awesome and our weekend was filled with fun times spent together 🙂 Also, can I get an Amen for Houston weather!! No, I mean seriously, it’s supposed to get cooler this week and needless to say I am excited!! Don’t get me wrong, I love living in a state/city that only has summer as a season, with it being just less hot or more hot depending on the time of year, but sometimes I do miss having 4 seasons like we did back in Virginia!!

Anyhoo, I digress… Coming back to today’s post, can you guess how many nail polishes I have?? 40!! I have 40 nail polishes… 40! Yeah! Haha!! I do have some favorites that I use more often than others and hence I need to thin out nail polishes often and in this post I thought of sharing some tricks that work for me.

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– First trick is to tighten up the top of your nail polish bottle and give it a good shake. Then, pour hot water on the nail polish bottle for few minutes which aids in thinning out the nail polish.

– If you have already sat down to start your mani-pedi and are lazy to get up and get hot water, another way to thin out nail polish is to vigorously rub the nail polish bottle between your palms so that warmth generated will help to reduce thickness of your dried nail polish.

– I store all my nail polishes in one place, cool, clean and dry – this helps keep the nail polish flowy.

– Remember to never use nail polish remover to thin your thick, sticky nail polish. It definitely is a quick solution, but eventually will break down the formula and ruin the polish. Invest in a nail lacquer thinner which is available at any of your local drugstores. Apply 2 to 3 drops of solution to your polish, close and shake well.

– One of the easiest ways to prevent your nail polish from drying out is by storing the bottles right side up. Storing upside down can cause clumps and drying at the neck of the bottle.

– Another thing to make a habit of is to keep the neck of your nail polish bottle clean by wiping it with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover after every use. This will allow your bottle to close properly and prevent air from getting inside. I am guilty of not doing this and need to make it a habit.

– Lastly, remember to always tighten your polish bottle and never leave the lid off for longer than necessary. Exposing nail polish to air is one of the biggest reasons causing it to thicken.

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Hope these tips and tricks were helpful and you will be able to revive that favorite nail polish of yours that’s been neglected coz it’s thick now… Go ahead, do a mani-pedi and pamper yourself at home 🙂 Enjoy!!