Budget Curry Laksa & 5 Lessons Trump and Clinton Could Learn From Zootopia
Good Morning Everyone!
Happy Hump Day! Yay!! We are officially half-way through the week! How are you feeling today? I hope you all are doing well. Today’s recipe is my own version of Malaysian curry laksa. Last month during the Manila Majors, (a DoTA 2 tournament), I made a bowl of curry laksa and it was out-of-this-world good! However, all of the ingredients were a bit costly. Since then I have craved for another bowl of this rich, spicy, noodle soup, so I set out to make a fast, cheap version of my own! But before we dive into the recipe together I wanted to pause a moment and talk about Zootopia.
If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Zootopia is a Walt Disney movie released this year (2016) and is about a rabbit and a fox who come from very different backgrounds. In the main city, Zootopia, the motto is, “anyone can be anything!” but as Judy Hopps, (a tiny rabbit newly appointed to the Zootopia police force) learns, that necessarily isn’t the case. From start to finish this movie will have you laughing, smiling, and applauding the message behind the entire film: we are one. (Cue “The Lion King” song).
So that got me thinking! What if our presidential nominees were to sit down and watch this movie? Here are 5 lessons I hope they would take away from the film:
- There is no “Us vs.Them” mentality: Much of the political atmosphere leading up to the official nominations has been steeped in fear. Words like “Islamaphobia” and “vetting” are often heard in speeches. America, from the start, has been a melting pot. People often forget that you can be born and raised here, and be from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We are all Americans. This country was founded by immigrants, yet we often hear speeches that suggest limiting the number of immigrants allowed into the country. This “us vs. them” mentality won’t help anybody. Just as the animals in Zootopia learned about predators vs. prey, instead of looking for ways to divide people, let’s come together and lift each other up.
- Speak with honesty and integrity: Everyone thought little Dawn Bellwether, a sheep who was assistant to the mayor, was helpless and frail. She spoke about co-existing together yet, eventually it was revealed that she was the catalyst who wanted to divide Zootopia between the predators and prey. I wish our politicians would put down the manufactured scripts and speak honestly about their feelings. Maybe then more people would feel hopeful about our next president.
- Girls can do anything!: I have to admit that I’m secretly hoping Clinton will win this year’s election, and let me tell you why. It has nothing to do with her platform, or the things she has said. I want her to win so I can look at my daughter and say, “Look! Women can become presidents too!”. I already told her a woman was running for president, and that Mattel is putting out Barbie’s who look like female presidents, and she got so excited. So yes…. girls really can do anything!
- Sometimes you have to slow down to get ahead: In Zootopia there is a beloved character named flash…. the sloth. (If that doesn’t have you chuckling already, just go Youtube a clip of him. It’s great!). Flash works at the Zootopia DMV and, as you can imagine, moves at an incredibly slow pace. The funny part is, the entire DMV staff are sloths! (Haven’t you ever felt like the DMV moves at a sloths pace? 🙂 ). If the character flash teaches us anything, it’s that sometimes in life you need to slow down to have a laugh and think more clearly. There are numerous issues in the U.S. that need addressed, but maybe we should slow down to prioritize which issues are more important than others. Then, maybe we would be able to make more progress towards helping all of our citizens.
- Looks don’t matter: Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than seeing pictures of political candidates with drawings on top of them. Or people making jokes about looking like buttered popcorn, or an orangutan. We get it. You’re voting for the other person. But what message are we sending out to people when we make comments, or drawings like that? That it’s okay to judge someone’s appearance? Is that really the message we want to send? People judged Nick Wild for his looks as a fox. People also judged Judy Hopps for her small stature. In the end they both learned that it is your actions and beliefs that defines who you are. Perhaps our politicians could learn a thing or two from them.
And now, onto the recipe! 🙂
This bowl of curry laksa is an easy, weeknight meal to satisfy all of your curry cravings. Unlike the original recipe, which called for shrimp, fish cakes, and chicken, I swapped all of those proteins out for tofu (which is very cheap and packed with healthy vitamins and minerals). Then, I swapped out the diced cucumber and bean sprouts for fried zucchini, sauteed onions, and grated carrot, and kept the curry mix simple with a pre-packaged paste. If you want to go the extra mile and make your own Malaysian curry spice paste, just check out the curry laksa recipe I followed last time, here. Enjoy cooking this dish everyone and have a fantastic day! ❤
Budget Curry Laksa
Yields: 6 servings
Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef
- 4 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 cup pre-packed yellow curry paste (I recommend Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste)
- 2 bundles Japanese buckwheat noodles or (Nanka Seiman brand Golden Dragon Egg Noodles):
- 1 zucchini, julienned
- 1 carrot, grated into thin strips
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 1 block extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. turmeric
- Chopped cilantro/coriander for garnish
- In a pot bring water to a boil for the buckwheat noodles. Boil for 3 minutes (yes, they cook really fast!) over medium heat, drain, and set aside.
- Next, pour the coconut milk into the pot and turn your heat to medium. Add in the curry paste, minced garlic, and turmeric. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, add in the cubed tofu, and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to break down the curry paste.
- Meanwhile, in a saucepan with 2 tbsp. of oil, saute the onions and zucchini for 5-8 minutes, or until just tender.
- Cut the heat off of your curry pot. Add in the cooked vegetables. Then slowly add in the cooked noodles mixing everything thoroughly. Divide into bowls and garnish with grated carrot and chopped cilantro. Enjoy!