Work office kitchens are an ideal place to observe strange food behaviour. When I worked full time, I was constantly amazed by the strange combinations of food people ate for lunch. Leftover curry in toasted sandwiches. Cheese and jam slathered on crackers. Canned tuna on everything. I still remember one woman who cooked Maggi instant noodles then piled the lot on two pieces of toast. That’s right. Noodles on toast.
We all have weird food concoctions we like to indulge in. My favourite combination? Chicken nuggets with rice and chilli sauce, preferably my mum’s homemade sambal oelek (a type of Indonesian chilli paste). This is precisely what I ate for dinner last night, while the husband ate leftover soup and the little man a tub of Ski yoghurt.
My chicken nugget and rice fetish is a childhood throwback. Whenever my family had KFC for dinner, mum would always cook a batch of rice and open a bottle of chilli to eat with the chicken. It sounds strange, but there’s something about the salty, fried chicken that goes really well with soft, freshly cooked rice. Eventually our family stopped eating KFC for health reasons, but I widened the concept to include all crumbed and highly processed meat products: chicken nuggets, fish fingers, chicken tenders, even (and yes, I’m aware this sounds a bit gross) burger patties.
Surely that gives noodles on toast a run for its money.
Every Wednesday, I write a post about what I cooked the night before. What went down in your kitchen? What weird combinations of food do you like to eat?