For some of us, late night snacks are something our body simply cannot afford. For those lucky people in Asia though, it’s a necessary part of the day. When I was traveling in Taiwan, I often saw people devouring bowls of fried rice at 11pm. So I decided to make my own rendition of guilt-free late night snacks.
Despite all the sushi hype in NYC, I enjoy kimbap a lot more. It’s a Korean version of sushi that is bigger and more filling. Its basic ingredients are the same as sushi:
- 1/3 carrot, julienned
- 4 cups spinach
- Soy sauce
- 6 inch long half-log of pickled daikon radish
- 4 cups cooked short-grain white rice
- 4 sheets of seaweed (kim)
- Sesame oil
- Bamboo rolling mat
You can also add in protein like bulgogi or spam. The detailed instructions can be found here. I usually make this at night but only eat 1-2 pieces with soy sauce. It’s incredibly filling, and makes for lunch the next day!
2. Homemade sticky rice
Yes, carbs are bad, especially at night. But who can resist sticky rice mochi? When I lived at home, my Mom would often make me steamed homemade sticky rice. It’s much healthier than the oily mochi you find in most Asian grocery stores, because it’s made out of sticky rice rather than glutinous rice powder.
Wash 1/2 cup of glutinous rice and 1/2 short-grained rice and cook in a rice cooker. Mix with raisons, dates and/or cranberries. Using a flat serving bowl, place a thin layer on the bottom, then top with a layer of dried fruits. Repeat by adding a layer of rice and then another layer of dried fruits until all the rice is used up.
Then simply pop this into a steamer for 30 minutes and roll it in fried corn flour.
3. Crunchy carrots
If I’m in a diet, I’d munch on marinated carrots. This recipe is so simple – all you have to do is peel and cut carrots into strips, then marinate in 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a large glass jar. Add 15 pieces of white sugar which will dissolve into the liquid solution, and leave in the fridge for a week. You can also opt to use celery or cucumbers instead.