This was what we had for lunch yesterday...another Kid's Meal I cooked for my kids And myself. Just a simple burger, a cup of sweet corns, a bottle of vitagens...and leftover greens for me ;)
It only happened sometime earlier this year that my boys started to like hamburgers. They used to eat only chicken nuggets whenever we had meals at the McDonalds. I bet you will find it amusing if you know the reason behind it...
Well, it all happened a few months ago, when the kids TV channel here started showing SpongeBob Squarepants at a time, best suited for the TV to 'babysit" these two boys for me...it was from 6pm - 6.30pm...the time I am usually busy in the kitchen. They started to enjoy the silly jokes and funny character of SpongeBob...so much so that they could recite what he said after each episode.
One fine day, both of them related to me how SpongeBob (who's job is making hamburgers at Krusty Krab) made his Krabby Patty. They could tell me step-by-step the way to put a hamburger together. Of course, after their story, they requested me to make one for them!
Before this SpongeBob craze, I did made hamburgers for them, only occasionally...as I didn't know how to prepare the meat patty, I used frozen ones...something which I'm quite reluctant to include in my kids' regular meals. After their full animated account of how a Krabby Patty is made, I looked up some recipes and learned that I could easily use minced meat to make a meat patty. As beef is not available at the wet market near my place, I used pork meat instead. I simply marinate the minced pork with some salt & pepper, and a heaped teaspoon of corn flour. Shape them into meat patties and pan-fry. It will smell/taste great if butter is used instead of cooking oil. When the patties are almost done, I coated them with a spoonful of store-bought Unagi (eel)sauce or Yakitori sauce...and let it simmer for a few seconds before serving. I find the sweetness of these Japanese sauces go very well with the meat patties. It makes the patties real juicy and yummy! The patty will taste very good if some minced onions are added...but, too bad, my little one kept complaining about the tiny bits of onions, as such I have to omit it totally :(
I usually get ready all the necessary ingredients...lettuce, tomatoes, cheese slices, ketchup, mayonnaise...and the kids will assemble the burger themselves. Even though they get to make the burgers whichever way they like, they will always end up arguing who's doing the right thing!
Oh, by the way, after several attempts, I learned that in order to make the burger "burst" with ingredients...the bun should be sliced at an angle...not 180 degree across..and don't cut through it.
Now, this meal will be perfect, if a little toy comes with it, don't you think so?