4.314 Yakiudon with Shrimp & Shiitake

-Cycle 4, Item 314-
15 (Fri) November 2013

Yakiudon with Shrimp & Shiitake


by me

at home

-Oksu, Seoul-

with the family and Nanny 2

At 19 months, Ian already insists on feeding himself.  He'll actually slap away any spoonful of food offered to him.  Since he was never taught to go it alone, quite the opposite, no shortage of caregivers scrabbling to serve the little prince at every meal, the stubborn insistence on self-nourishment must be nature rather than nurture.

He doesn't get it from mommy.  She relies on others for everything, especially her own mother.   One of my favorite jibes: "When suckling from your mother's breasts, do you prefer the right or the left teat?"  A followup: "If your brother is around, do you guys take turns or go simultaneously, one on each side?"

I'd always believed my DIY mentality to be a product of upbringing, but now I'm beginning to think that it's an innate character trait.  Instead of being forced as a child into learning how to make snacks for myself after school because my mom was at work, I may have done so anyway, even if she had been around.  My interest in cooking, in other words, probably derives from a desire for independence, the freedom to prepare and eat whatever and whenever I want, rather than depend on someone else to make something for me at their discretion.  

Dominic, by the way, takes after mommy.  They have a pact that she'll wipe his ass until he goes off to college--I swear, I'm not making that up.

Anyway, because Ian still lacks the dexterity to manipulate utensils, he prefers things amenable to digital purchase, like chicken wings or babyback ribs or pasta or noodles.  That's what tonight's meal was about.  That's what all the meals this week have been about, attempts to kickstart Ian's appetite, stalled for the first time in his life from an extended bout of the flu.  Scary to see a kid, whose favorite activity is to eat, not eat.  

Yakiudon is a Japanese noodle dish.  Essentially the same as yakisoba, only with udon noodles.


  1. i'm telling you those catch-all bibs come in handy when he starts using utensils. half of molly's soup/rice/noodles end up in that bib b/c she insists on using utensils. getting better every day but not fast enough for me.

  2. btw yakiudon is becca's favorite - with whatever veggies and meat i have on hand. packs great for lunch too.

  3. no, i totally agree about the bibs, but Z doesn't like them. he keeps pulling at it.

    if id' known that about becca, i would've made it for dinner instead of the hayashi rice.

    for school lunch, really? that's AWESEOM. back when we were in kindergarten, anything other than a sandwich would've been inconceivable.