Oh this is such a cute movie! It actually was perfect for the boys because it seems like that past month or so they have totally been into ninja moves and fighting the bad guys and such…so, why not introduce them to a little Kung Fu Panda! This was one of the movies that my husband thought up the food for (he actually provided me with a long list that he thought up one day, he is very clever and I am very lucky). I guess we didn’t really do anything as far as crafts or activities, unless you count a full day of pretend ninja fighting. I do have to say that a full days worth of running and jumping makes for a pretty easy bed time!
So for our first course (ooooh fancy) we had “Mr. Ping’s secret ingredient noodle soup”. It was really good and I was very surprised to find the udon noodles at Wal-Mart. It came in a pack of two so now I get to use the second pack for something else. It was light in flavor and full of yummy veggies. You should definitely make this for your family’s movie night or on any night, really.
Our main course consisted of pork potstickers and white rice. My dear husband wanted to give me a challenge to make them from scratch so I gladly accepted the challenge and totally nailed it….well sort of. I found a recipe that I wanted to try from Use Real Butter (recipe link at end of post) and was very happy! They tasted delicious, but I realize that I have a lot of practice ahead of me to make them look as beautiful as the ones you find at restaurants. It’s a good thing my little guys aren’t so much into the presentation as they are taste. I totally passed that test! They loved them. I have to say that I did go off script a little when making these potstickers, because in the movie they have dumplings and not potstickers. Did you know that the only difference is that one is boiled and the other is pan fried? Well if you didn’t already know that now you do. I guess I could have just boiled some, but I just love that crispy fried exterior. And of course because sometimes we just need to go simple…look in your grocery freezer section for pre-made potstickers. My favorite are Ling Ling’s Potstickers from Costco, but since we only have Sam’s club where we live we have to do without. Oh well…I think I will spend a Saturday making a ton and freezing them for later!
We didn’t have any dessert planned, but at our house popcorn is always welcome! How do you and your family do movie night? I would love to hear!! If you are looking for these delicious recipes you can find them here:
MR. PING’S SECRET INGREDIENT NOODLE SOUP (recipe adapted from Smith Bites)
- ½ cup yellow onion, diced
- ½ cup celery, diced
- ½ cup carrots, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
- ½ cup baby bok choy, chopped
- ½ cup sliced mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 pkg of Udon noodles (I found it in the asian section of wal-mart)
- Soy sauce to taste
- Dash of sesame oil
- OPTIONAL- 1/2 pound of cooked ground pork
- Cilantro for garnish
- Green onion for garnish
- In large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat
- Add onion, celery, carrots; sauté for approximately 1 minute
- Add garlic and ginger (and cooked pork, if using); saute approximately 1 minute or until fragrant
- Add Bok Choy, mushrooms, broth and water
- Bring to boil then add Udon noodles, mix well to combine and cook for 3-5 minutes
- Remove from heat, add soy sauce as needed and garnish with sesame oil, cilantro and/or green onion
- Serve immediately and enjoy!