How to make Khaub Piaj - homemade rice noodle chicken soup

This soup is great to eat on cold winter days or just days when you are feeling under the weather.  It can be enjoyed with various condiments such as fried garlic, chili paste, cilantro, green onion, fish sauce, etc ... Today, I will show how to make a simple rice noodle soup with chicken.

Serves 4 servings
 

Stock Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken pieces (you can use whatever pieces you want)
  • 5 cups water (you can add more later if you want it less thick)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (chopped into 3 pieces) - optional
  • 3 chopped green onion for garnish - optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
     

Noodle Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1 cup hot boiling water
  • tapioca flour for dusting (keeping it from sticking)

     

Making the stock:

  1. Boil the chicken, salt, & lemonstalk in the water.
  2. Scoop out any foam that may be floating in the water.
  3. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will depend on how big you chopped up your chicken pieces.
  4. Take the chicken pieces out and shred them with a fork until you get small pieces.  Set the chicken aside in a bowl.

Making the noodles:

 

 

  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Mix the 1 cup rice flour (red one) and the 1 cup glutinous rice flour (green one) in a large bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup boiling hot water slowly into the mixture and mix it together until incorporated. You will have to use your hands to knead the dough.  If it is too dry, add 1 tsp water.  If it gets too sticky, add a few tsp of tapioca starch (blue one).
  4. On a large surface, lightly flour with tapioca starch.
  5. With a rolling pin, flatten out the dough.  Add tapioca starch so it doesn't get too sticky.
  6. Cut the noodle into long strings.

Putting it all together:

 

 

  1. Carefully place the noodles into the stock and boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Then add back the chicken pieces.  Add more water if it gets too thick. Be careful not to stir the noodles too much or else they will break.
  3. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Then it's ready to serve!
  4. Add any condiments of your choice!

Modifications to this recipe - time saver!

  • If you have a KitchenAid mixer or similar, mix the flours and water with the dough mixer.
  • If you have a KitchenAid noodle cutter, use the fetticine blade to cut the dough into strips.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Feel free to leave me any comments.

 

My take on a Bollywood bandit look

Here's a picture of me just playing around with makeup and head scarf. Lately I've just been really infatuated with Bollywood movies, makeup, music, and food! I made chicken tikka masala on Sunday and it was delicious! I have to learn how to make naan because I love eating it. 

Okay, so maybe it's not a glamorous Bollywood look, that is why I'm calling it a Bollywood bandit look cos I could pass for one.  This head scarf also reminds me of Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean.  LOL, if all else fails, I would love to accompany Captain Sparrow on the ocean blue!

Makeup used:

  • Foundation: MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15
  • Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35
  • Eyeshadow: MAC My Magic Dark eyeshadow, limited edition and also Two Faced Romantic Eye Collection color "Soulmates" for under the brow bone
  • Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline color "Blacktrack" gel liner
  • Blush: MAC Gingerly
  • Lipstick: Estee Lauder Beige
  • Mascara: none

I have a Mac. Now what?

Have you ever wondered to yourself, "I have a Mac, now what?"  Well fear not, I've said those words to myself too when I first bought my iMac back a few years ago. First thing I remember was, "well now what do I do?"  If you are like anyone else on the internet, the first thing you want to do is get connected to the web!  But how do you do that?

First you must get connected to the internet either by a cable, dsl, or wireless router.  That assumes you have an internet provider!

All iMacs and MacBooks come with Safari.  It's the icon that looks a compass in your tray dock (which is probably located at the bottom of your screen).  As soon as you click that, Safari launches and takes you to Apple's home page.  If you like Safari, you can continue browsing the web with it.  Me, I prefer Firefox so I use that most often.  You can download it at www.mozilla.com

All executable files on Macs are called "dmg" files.  This is the equivalent of what you were probably used to execute "exe" files on Windows.  To open a "dmg" file, all you do is double click it and it should load right up.  Sometimes you are presented with an icon to drag to your "applications folder."  If you see it, just drag it!  Simple as that.

Some really cool free programs that you can immediately start using are:

  • Safari - web browsing, surfing, checking internet email
  • iPhoto - for organizing all your photos and making cool slideshows
  • iMovie - for editing videos and making movies.
  • iDVD - for burning your video files to a DVD so you can play it on a DVD player.
  • Garageband - for editing music files, creating music, and learning how to play instruments.
  • Textpad - for easy text editing, writing.
  • iTunes - for organizing your music, video, and syncing to your Apple devices such as an iPod, iPhone, iPad.

Some other cool free software you should download:

  • OpenOffice - the equivalent of Microsoft Office except that OpenOffice is free!
  • Skype - for messenging your friends
  • Firefox - web browser!
  • Chrome - web browser!
  • GIMP - for photo editing, similar to Photoshop

Other paid software that are helpful if you like advanced editing photos, video.

  • Adobe CS5 products - suite of all things video, photo, web editing.
  • Logic Pro - for editing sounds, music
  • Final Cut Pro - for really awesome video editing
  • DVD Studio Pro - for authoring really custom masterpiece DVDs

Also, you can download really awesome and cool apps easily from the Mac App store.

If you would like to venture into making iPhone or iPad apps, try XCode.  It's also available for a minimal price from the Mac App Store.  However, if you want to sell it in the iTunes store, you must be a licensed Apple Developer.  It costs $99.00 per year.

I plan to put some tutorials up soon.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or requests!

 

Errant Love

Errant Love is one of my favorite chinese romantic movies.  It's an epic classic from the 1980.  This scene below in this clip is the part where the girl is leaving for America and her lover tries to stop her from leaving at the airport.  I get all teary eyed even after all these years!

 

iPad 2 vs iPad

I need to take a picture of my iPad 2 and iPad side by side. Pictures are coming!

Overall, the iPad 2 is slimmer, faster, and has 2 cameras. Other than that, it is not much different than the first generation iPad. Side by side, you can't really tell them apart unless you pay close attention to the tiny details.

Camera (front and back)

The iPad 2 cameras are not that impressive. Depending on your light source, it can vary anywhere from garbage to decent. I've tried Facetime on the iPad 2 and the quality is decent.

Weight

The iPad 2 is much lighter than the first generation iPad. Its body is also much slimmer.

Speakers

The speakers are also much better on the iPad 2. They are much louder!

Performance

For some memory consuming apps, the iPad 2 is faster than the iPad. However, running the same apps as I had on my first gen iPad, there wasn't much of a difference. I guess it really depends on your apps.

HDMI output

I tested my iPad 2 on my tv and it's awesome that I can project my screen onto the big screen. However, I noticed that some in some applications, the audio does not output to the tv. Not sure why?

Magnetic Covers

I bought the leather magnetic cover. It only protects the front of the iPad 2. It is kind of flimsy and doesn't stand really well. I kind of miss my old InCase cover for the first gen iPad.

How to download a Youtube video or Youtube audio

1.

Open up Firefox. If you don't have Firefox, download the latest version of Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/  

2.

Install Easy Youtube Video Downloader: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/easy-youtube-video-downl-10137/. Then click the green button that says "Add to Firefox" and follow the instructions.

3.

Go to Youtube and search for any video. Look for the button that says "Download As" and click i.t

4.

Select the file format you want to save and save the file to your computer.

Life is short

Life is short. I learned that lesson well this week. It's been such an eye opener for me. I hope that when I recover, I will be stronger than I was before. I am committing to a change in my life. To live better, eat healthier food, exercise, and take better care of myself.

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