When I first came across this recipe for Three Ingredient Macaroni and Cheese on She Makes and Bakes, I didn’t think too much of it. After all macaroni and cheese is technically just noodles and cheese right? You could potentially even make it to be two ingredients, but all the other ingredients make it creamier, add flavor depth, etc.

I became more intrigued once I read the recipe though because rather than boiling the noodles in water, you cook them in milk and then add in the melted cheese. I was really curious what cooking the noodles in milk would do to the dish. Plus not having to add all the other ingredients made this recipe seem more manageable during my busy weekend. Cooking the noodles directly in the milk also cuts down the number of steps in the typical stove top macaroni and cheeserecipe dramatically.

I’m not sure how this happened, but it appears I’ve never blogged about China Max despite several visits over the last few years.

China Max Seafood Restaurant is one of the fancier Chinese restaurants in San Diego. I don’t particularly like visiting often mainly because the prices are very high for a chinese restaurant. While the service here tends to be better than the typical chinese restaurant, the food isn’t anything special and not worth the inflated prices.

The only two meals I don’t mind coming for is dim sum (which is placed through orders rather than the old school carts being pushed around) and their late night specials where they offer a discounted menu (it’s offered from 9-11pm. It’s also available for lunch). At first glance, the discounted menu look almost like normal prices, with dishes priced around $10. But it is a significant discount compared to the $20+ prices for their regular menu.

We try not to eat dinner too late anymore. But somehow, one evening, we found ourselves having not eaten and it was almost 9. So I headed over to China Max with my siblings and FH.

Since it was after 9, the place was quite empty. We grabbed the late night menu and each chose a dish. Since the prices are discounted, the quantities are much smaller too.

Sauteed Prawn with Season Vegetables

Sauteed Rock Cod Fillet

Ice cream + flour = bread. Seriously?

I couldn’t believe it myself when I saw it on Newlyweds. I didn’t know how it would work. I still can’t explain it. But it works. I used pumpkin ice cream and came up with this pumpkin bread that tastes similar to the pumpkin quick breads I bake in October.