Sunday, 1 November 2015

My Meat-Free Salad


After my not so satisfactory outing at The Salad Bar, I simply had to make my own salad. As I mentioned before, I wanted to do penance for overindulging at a buffet. I ate too much meat and therefore, I needed to go meat-free at least for a day.

My favorite choice of protein in a salad would be hard boiled eggs. So I boiled some. Then I thought, I needed more protein, in the form of vegetable protein. So I fried up some tempeh and tofu. I realized that I bought the soft type of tofu instead of the hard one. Never mind.


The egg, tempeh and tofu would help keep me full, I hope. I know that just eating vegetables won't be enough. I don't want to go hungry one hour later and start chewing up the tortilla chips that I stashed away for a future Nachos.

For the dressing, I went for a fusion of vinaigrette and Kewpie Sesame dressing. That's because there was barely enough Kewpie dressing. I forgot to stock up.


The dressing was heavy on the vinaigrette and was therefore on the runny side. It was a tad sour too. But it was fine by me. Contrary to popular belief, there are fat people who do like sour things hah...hah...hah...


It was not bad, this meat-free meal. But....two hours later I was hungry. So I walloped one hard boiled egg that I stashed in the fridge and I was good. That's the reason why I find it hard to become a vegetarian. I have tried, believe me. I guess I am going to stay the way I am and have my meat-free days in between. 


I'll have to say that I did feel lighter that day. If I could keep this up more often, who knows, I won't be so fat anymore hah..hah...hah....

39 comments:

  1. I see tempeh! My missus bought some that day, still sitting the fridge. Will just wait and see what she will do with it...eventually! Should be a great replacement for croutons in salads, eh? Looks good, yours! I don't mind the slightly sour salad dressing, not too sour...sorry. Just a hint of it is fine.

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    1. I love tempeh cooked in sambal with ikan bilis and peanuts. I wonder how your missus will cook the tempeh. Deep fried with turmeric and salt is also very nice.

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  2. I feel you. I cannot turn vegetarian for the same reason. Some people just don't get it. So when they say "Can one, you think you feel hungry without meat, it is all psychological!", I will reply "Yalo, can one, you think you feel hungry without rice, it is also psychological!". After that, they will say "But, it's different!", and I will reply "Yup, one is protein and one is carbs, really different!"

    So nowadays, nobody try to persuade me to be vegan/vegetarian anymore. :P

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    1. High 5! I have since given up that idealism of turning vegetarian. I don't see anything wrong with eating meat in moderation,

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  3. This salad looks very tempting. Love it!

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  4. I don't think i can be a vegetarian... Your salad is so tempting...

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    1. Me too, must have some meat, not too much.

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  5. Phong Hong, I don't mind eating your salad but I cannot be a vegetarian! I am not that disciplined!

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    1. hah..hah..Me too, Nancy! I must have my animal protein.

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  6. I see tempeh and couldn't help thinking yours is a rather western version of 'pecal' :)

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    1. hah..hah..ya hor? Didn't think of that. By the way, I super love pecal!

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  7. Hi Phong Hong,
    Once I was very disciplined on "eating grass" ... but lasted for 3 days only ... hee ... hee ! Then I switched to a more "flavourful salad" ... Gado Gado ! Somehow the tau kwa and peanut sauce kept me full and won't munch in between snacks... still it didn’t last long.
    Your plate of salad looks good. Shall I start 'salad days' again ... ^-^!

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    1. Hi Karen! Me too, had to surrender. I also love gado-gado. Must make gado-gado one day.

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  8. I see meatless salad, but I terus see hardboiled eggs in your first picture, and the first thing I think is: I will eat this, coz got eggs.. Any salad which has eggs/potatoes/grilled chicken in it, I sure eat.. Then I read on, got Kewpie sesame dressing also, wah, lagi I will eat.. The Kewpie sesame dressing is really nice, I don't like lettuce also I will eat if I banjir the lettuce with this sesame dressing, wakakakaka..

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    1. Louiz, me also love hard boiled eggs and Kewpie dressing in salad. Can eat one big bowl!

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  9. still doing penance for overindulging in the conference buffet?? good, at least you are disciplined enough, I like that motivation and perseverance.. thumbs up!! :)

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    1. hahaha, fat people do not like sour things?? err, is there such a belief?? I've only heard of the most, guys do not like sour things.. anyway, I don't think there is actually anything to do with gender or people with the different taste la.. :)

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    2. that's a bowl of very nice salad I would say, you have got so many different stuffs inside there.. I love the hard boiled eggs and cucumbers the most, have not tried having tempeh and tofu for salad though.. this certainly is very fusion way of eating, hehe~~ :)

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    3. like you, I think I cannot be a permanent vegetarian also, temporarily then I guess should be fine.. I just think we need nutrients from a sources of food, do not limit that but in the end just eat moderately.. that would be the key to good health.. :)

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    4. Ya lah, moderation is the key. I must have meat in my meals or else I will go hungry within a short while.

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  10. Just like you, I like to have salads too as my meal after having over-indulged but, just like you, I don't know why, the hunger pang hits me within the next 1 - 2 hours....and I have to go look for something else to eat....and that defeats the purpose of eating a salad in the first place.

    I'd like eggs and tofu in my salad too but not tempeh.....I hate tempeh! :D

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    1. When I first ate tempeh, I thought it was really weird. Didn't quite warm up to the taste but somehow it grew on me and I have been loving it since. I will only feel satiated if my salad has meat in it.

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  11. Hi Phong Hong, change diet plan eating healthy? Once a week at least must cook all vegetarian, no meat. I love the eggs and tofu in salad, yours sure look appetizing, Nice pictures.

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! Yes, trying to eat healthy after over indulging hee..hee...

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  12. tempeh. One of my colleague love tempe

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    1. Me super love tempeh especially the one cooked in sambal!

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  13. Hi Phong Hong, given a choice, I would trade my meat dish with this salad. This is considered a good platter for me. Today's news on radio, eat meat in moderation cos' it is the main cause of colon cancer. Huh! why yummy food aren't healthy....

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    1. Hi Kimmy! It should be alright if we take meat moderately. Yeah lah, most yummy food is unhealthy. So we eat in moderation lah hee..hee...

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  14. lately I have been craving for salads! The one you have prepared must have been just perfect!

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    1. Ola, it was good but did not keep me full for long.

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  15. Half vegetarian maybe but not full vegetarian, cos I had grown up eating meat, it is not easy not to eat meat, too tempting

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    1. Me too, can be vegetarian on and off only.

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  16. Unless government enforce the country goes vegetarian and we have no choice, if not I will still eat meat because it is too easily available

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    1. I hope Singapore government don't do that hah..hah...hah...

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  17. I like to eat tempeh so I will like your salad but without the dressing as I am saving up all my fat allowance to eat deep fried food. :p

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    1. hee..hee.. me too love deep fried food. Deep fried tempeh is so yummy!

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  18. Your salad is so colourful and nice. If I eat that twice a week, I am sure I would turn skinny!

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    1. You are already slim, so no need to worry :)

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