Uh... OOPS!

So Cory and I have been painting our bedroom all day today. We were getting pretty hungry towards dinner time and decided that Chinese sounded good. We're both suckers for Lo Mein so we found a recipe online and decided we'd try it for dinner. So we went to Dick's market and bought all the *expensive* ingredients. Then we came home and nervously began to try it out. We cut the chicken and made the marinade. The marinade smelled wonderful so we started to get excited. Then... the time came to make the "sauce". I was adding ingredients when I realized we needed Oyster Sauce, we had purchased canned Oysters thinking we could just use the juice. Turns out, Oyster Sauce is something completely different. So we called around to grocery stores to see if anyone had it, no one did. So we decided we'd try our version and see how it was. The next step was to boil the noodles. I grabbed our "Chinese noodles" and threw them into the pot only to discover, they weren't noodles, they were rice sticks. We have no idea what those are, but they're not supposed to be boiled in water. So we got angry as we watched two $5 bags of these rice sticks ruin to nothing. Frustrated, I decided to just use spaghetti noodles. The recipe said those would be an okay substitute. Well, we mixed all the stuff in the wok and bravely took the first taste. It was pretty bland. Hoping to salvage something from the money we spent on this quickly failing dinner, I added a bunch of teriyaki sauce and some peanuts. This made the taste slightly better. We decided to go ahead and eat it anyway. It wasn't gross, but it wasn't good either. Here is a picture of our improvised Lo Mein...

So what is the moral of this story? There isn't one. But we learned 2 very important lessons. First, when your mom calls an hour before you decided to make a new dinner and invites you to the Spaghetti Factory and you say "no thanks, we're going to try this new recipe," that's a stupid idea. GO TO THE SPAGHETTI FACTORY. Lesson #2, except for kung pao chicken, which we rock at making, it's best to leave oriental food to the Chinese. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go drink my Naked Juice and wash the taste out of my mouth.

1 comment:

la fashionista said...

Your adventurousness is impressive. :) I would have taken the free dinner any day of the week.