Coming back to Malaysia, I find that I need to prepare breakfast for the boy to eat at home or to go to the preschool.
In China, the preschool serves this daily menu ALL prepared in their kitchen:
- Breakfast - man tou, bao, porridge serve d with powdered milk, almond milk, peanut milk or soybean milk;
- Lunch - fried rice or rice with chicken/pork and a bowl of soup;
- Snack - fresh fruits and
- Dinner - Noodles in soup (mian tiao) or rice with dishes AND a soup.
In Malaysia, the preschool serves this:
1. Breakfast - white bread slices spread with kaya (spread made with egg yolks, sugar and coconut milk); buns filled with cheap, sweet jam or biscuits! Kids drink plain water from their water tumbler.
2. Lunch - fried rice, rice with one dish i.e. bits of chicken, chunks of sausages etc (vegetables optional) or porridge.
3. Snack - biscuits or breakfast leftovers and
4. Dinner - ditto as lunch.
Now, for a country like Malaysia renowned for its multi-racial delicacies, I find it quite shameful that our children are eating such a poor diet in the kindergarten. I think we need a Malaysian Jamie Oliver to start a revolution in our preschools!
After complaining to Hubby about it, I decided to prepare and then pack breakfast for him.
Here’s the first week’s menu:
Gardenia Toast’em Raisin Oatmeal with half-boiled eggs
He was first attracted by the purple plastic bag the bread comes in and actually likes the bread dipped into half boiled eggs
Gardenia Toast’em Raisin Oatmeal with butter and strawberry jam
The next morning, he asked for the same raisin oatmeal bread again. When I asked what he wanted with it, he said “butter and jam”. I decided to pack it in the Thomas lunch box he got as a present last year.
While cutting the sandwich, I asked if he wanted strips or squares and he said, “Square!” Ok, order noted down. The lunch box came back empty
Banana and peanut butter sandwich
Sliced bananas on peanut butter is my personal favourite and it’s the ONLY way I’ll eat peanut butter. I decided to try it on him but he said, “Wo bu yao. Peanut butter is not nice!”
Bleagh…I wonder if it’ll work if I told him it’s Stitch’s favourite sandwich? (Well, it’s actually Elvis Presley’s favourite snack but he had his sandwich slathered with butter and deep fried. OMG!)
Simple french toast
I was telling my Mum maybe my French toast is not tasty enough or moist enough because he liked the triangles but he’ll not eat the toast after one bite.
Since he has a sweet tooth, I tried dipping it in honey for him but he STILL didn’t like it. Hmm…I’ll try this again and add more milk for a creamier, moister French toast. Hope it works!
Simple macaroni and cheese
My little Chinaman does not really like Western-style food. He’s not a fan of deep fried foods (which is good) and will only take spaghetti cooked in a simple tomato-based sauce (minus the herbs).
Since he’s eating very little cheese, I am almost half-mad thinking of various recipes for him. In the end, he seemed to like this absurdly simple mac n cheese. 2 slices of Kraft cheddar cheese melted over boiled macaroni LOL!
Hard boiled eggs on toast
This little boy loves anything on toast and I wanted to make half-boiled eggs again today. However, I left the eggs slightly too long in the water and got 3/4 boiled eggs.
Sprinkling some light soya sauce and white pepper over them, I mashed them and spread the mixture over the toast. He didn’t mind eating them but when I asked if it’s nice, he said NO. But he opened his mouth wide “AHHH…” after he finished each bite. He’s as perplexing as a Chinese puzzle O_O
Hard boiled egg, sweet potato and grapes
Last night, we had grapes for dessert and he asked to take them to school. Then, I boiled a sweet potato and remembered the pack of bento food picks my uncle got me:
Instead of giving him several food picks (and cause an uproar among the kids), I let him choose one to eat with the sweet potato. I was glad to see the lunch box come back all empty
So…does that mean that I’ll start bento-ing? Well, I won’t be going all fancy-schmancy like some bento Mums but I’ll definitely be packing a healthy lunchbox for my preschooler!
What do YOU serve your toddler or preschooler? Let’s exchange menus
- Tomato, Lettuce and Cheese Sandwich
- Old Town White Coffee
- How to Make French Toast (fàshì tǔ sī 法式吐司)
- Week 1: Two fruits and/or vegetables per meal
- Chinese breakfast: Dough stick (yóu tiáo-油条) with soy bean milk (dòu jiāng-豆浆)