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landarc 09-21-2013 08:50 PM

Cooking Tepid Noodles, not Q, quite frankly an odd post
I am not really sure where to post this, but, there is food cooked, so I am guessing here, even though, this blog post was less about cooking and more about my funny hat. In any event, I thought it was a good post and worth sharing, despite there being no BBQ in it.

I don't much cook at a commercial scale anymore, and every once in a while, I get to revisit the long lost skill set and experience of working over a large, hot, stove for a few hours, just for kicks. Today, was one of those days. The church I grew up in, does a few fund raisers every year, and today and tomorrow, they are doing what they call Choir Blast, where the youth and adult choirs sing and entertain folks. And then there are the food sales, the gospel is free, but, you gotta pay for the SPAM musubi.

In my case, I was asked to help with some kitchen work, as many of the regulars are either in the choir, or couldn't make it. Naturally, I said no. Then ended up going and helping Reverend Naomi despite that, as apparently she and I have a totally different understanding of my saying no to her. And so, I was tasked with cooking the yakisoba, which would be served in Bento-style boxes. This means warm, not hot, and that is a hard sell with fried noodles. Plus, a brand new pan, one equipment I have not used, and noodles that are the hardest to use for this purpose (despite what the label says). So, an 8-burner Wolf Commercial range, nice, with an 8" high, and 12" wide ledge built for the fact that everyone else that uses this stove is under 5'-2" tall. So far, by back is okay, but, reaching over that ledge, hmmmm...if I am going to do this more, we need to see about moving that thing.

Yes, I wore a hachimaki

It was hot, as are all commercial stoves when going full blow, and I prefer to cook full blow when I can. So, a hachimaki was fashioned, as I forgot a cap, my toque would be a little over-the-top, and let's face it, I rock a headband. The other beauty of this, is that as the celebrity cook, all of the prep was done, all of the mis was done, all I had to do was cook. Easy job, if a little toasty.

Brand Spanking New

Ever cook in a brand new, uber-shiny pan? Truly, I hate it, I much prefer my oddly greasy, well seasoned and worn out looking pans, as I know they cook with little stick. This thing was so new, and yet, here we are, several pounds of onions to saute, then many more pounds of cabbage, and then carrots. Prepare the chicken bits, along with a tare for flavor. It all goes along so swimmingly.


There were actually four service tubs of vegetables and three huge colanders of noodles, all needing to be combined in my brand spanking new pan, sticking like duct tape every step of the way. One of the problems with this all, is that since these were to be served Bento-style, the noodles had to be lower in grease than normal, and a new pan wants more grease. Still, there was the job to do. Frying up the overall dish in 8 batches, things moved along nicely, with the final result being not too bad.

Done and ready for packing

My schedule goal was to have it all done by 3:00 p.m. for packing and sale. I hit that with about 5 minutes to spare, and things were looking good for all. And I did manage to do this, managing a few different pots, with just two grabs of a hot oven door, three scalding splashes of water onto my forearm, two dips of my hand into the boiling water and maybe three incidents of grabbing a very hot handle. Not so bad really. I have some chops still, I think. Incidentally, for those wondering, it was all kept very hot, well above Safe-serv standards. (I found myself thinking "I could totally do a ramen pop-up out of this kitchen")

And why would I do this anyways, it's not like I am all that religious, sort of religious, well, religious at all, okay, I am amazed the windows don't blow out of the chapel when I enter the church. But, I grew up in this building, a lot of who I am came from the people who are a part of this church, and who loved this old institution. They are the only people who are not family, who can call me Bobby and I will answer. And if they call, I will answer, as in the end, it isn't about the building, the Book or even about the food, it is about the people and what they mean to me.

Fwismoker 09-21-2013 08:53 PM

Holy crap i'd hit that in a major way.

dwfisk 09-21-2013 09:24 PM

Yep, looks great! And if you have a personal connection to to people/church you were helping out with the cook, that's what is important. You did good and that's all that counts!

Hankdad1 09-22-2013 12:18 AM

Our (my wife's) church (as thousands of others do) has a turkey dinner every year which is actually pretty good. Now if they would have some SPAM musubi and yakisoba here in flyover country they would really have my attention.

Yeah, I would hit that hard.

castlepines 09-22-2013 12:25 AM

You know how sometimes you read the losts of someone on a forum and you kind of develop a picture in your head of what they look like? That is not at all what I had pictured, landarc!

martyleach 09-22-2013 12:40 AM

Bob, that is an awesome post and really reflects on life the way it was when we grew up. In Fresno, a long time ago, the community raised me, not just my parents. I would get course corrections from parental friends to the cops. Really nice to reflect on what life was like without the friggin lawyers.

CharredApron 09-22-2013 02:42 AM

Great job, I like how you take no for an answer. Perfectly executed meal and send invitations to the pop up!

mbshop 09-22-2013 03:36 AM

grub looks great ! i could live on that especially if you add some spam. but as you say, its the people formost. bye the way, you kinda look as i imagined.

westy 09-22-2013 03:45 AM

Fantastic post. Great looking food. Turned out great all the way around.

JazzyBadger 09-22-2013 04:05 AM

Man I don't know how nobody's seen Landarc before, he's been in like three or four Bash pictures at least, and didn't he have a freaking avatar of himself like Colonel did forever? Whatever weird thing that clique was about, sticking their head on the body of something or another, and it looked like it was in a bar. I think I've seen more pictures of Landarfornia and Wampus than any other damn Brethren around. Those two are the resident hambones!

bluetang 09-22-2013 11:23 AM

Awesomeness, I'd tear that up!

deguerre 09-22-2013 01:28 PM

"Bobby"? :shock:

jasonjax 09-22-2013 01:34 PM

I am now hungry. I can also say I would have been happy to make a donation to eat what looks like some tasty lo mein. Nicely done ... the make-shift "hat" I'm still on the fence. :-P

Phubar 09-22-2013 01:46 PM

Itadakimasu Onii-Chan!
You did a mighty Phine job right there!

castlepines 09-22-2013 02:38 PM

Very nice job in all ways, landarc...

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