Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to pull an all-nighter

Last Friday, another set of friends spent a night in our humble home -- ze officemates. Unlike with the Springbreaker's the weekend before, this one's a total all-nighter. Now now, it's one thing to prep dinner and midnight snack for visitors and it sure is another plane altogether to prep food that will last until breakfast lunch the next day. 

Here is sharing with you everything I cooked including the recipe of now slowly becoming my favorite pasta to cook -- Charlie Chan.

1 whole boneless chicken breast
1/3 cup olive oil
1 piece onion
2 garlic cloves
1 1/4 tablespoons Char Siu Sauce (lee kum kee)
9 tablespoons oyster sauce (lee kum kee)
1/8 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 kg cooked pasta

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil. 

Cook chicken until brown.

Mix char siu sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar in a bowl. For a more Charlie-Chan tasting finish, add sesame oil and chili-garlic sauce. These are the ones I failed to buy.

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Add liquid mixture to chicken and peanut. Simmer for a few minutes. Set aside.

Boil the pasta for 8 minutes and drain.

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Add the sauce and serve. If you love it more hot and spicy, I suggest you add chili powder or cayenne pepper. I have these two in McCormick brand and one of the girls savored the pasta with a generous amount of chili powder.

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This was for dinner. On the side, I shallow-fried the ready-to-cook cheese sticks we brought from the supermarket.

For breakfast, I woke up ahead of everyone to prep my version of Tuna Melt for the first time. Below is how it looks like raw.

tuna melt recipe

This is basically Gardenia bread with mayonnaise, tuna, and quick-melt cheese. For my very own slices, I add on a little of mustard. After around 5 minutes in the oven, below is the finished product. Mine on the right, with the distinct mustard droppings. Sorry if they don't look like mustard. Lol.

tuna melt recipe

For lunch, alongside my other shallow-fried pack of Kikiam (unhealthy, I know), we also cooked onion rings. Apparently, these were not enough so I had to murder some of the itlog na maalat and tomatoes from the fridge. I have not taken my own photos so here's how it looks like.

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So there you go folks! Now to answer the title of this entry, it doesn't only take you food to make a successful sleepover. You have to have an activity to keep everyone going. As for my friends and I, we watched The Conjuring (my third, I know) and marathoned the first season of 2 Broke Girls til midnight. We didn't finish it then so they ended up staying until lunch time of Saturday.

It was just the beginning of a well-spent long weekend. How was yours?

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  1. Charlie Chan pasta is something I haven't tried doing yet. Mostly because it's spicy and my daughter might not eat it (I cook mostly for her since I can subsist on coffee if I feel too lazy to whip up any food). Maybe when my girls and I have another sleepover or something, I'll try that. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. My version of it is really not spicy. Not because I don't like it but because I can't due to gastric conditions. It sucks big time though I still cheat sometimes. I remember you asking for the white pasta recipe though so I should be able to come up with that later. Thankies! :)

  2. I love Charlie Chan pasta! Coincidentally, a few days ago I was looking for some 'hack recipe' for this. Gurl, your post just made me want to run to the nearest Yellow Cab store and buy this. haha

    Leah @ Curiousweekends

    1. Well, my version is no better than Yellowcab's. While I was composing this post, I even felt an urge to buy myself one from there cos it's just so good and different!


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