Not that most of us need a lot of excuse to eat fried noodles, but we are fortunate to have two excellent ones this week …
First of all, Friday is Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated by 2 billion people in many countries in Asia, including Vietnam, Tibet, South Korea, Vietnam and China. It is a sacred 15-day celebration; And in normal, non-epidemic times, we hope that people who live and work far from their hometowns will be able to return to their families to offer respect and celebration. Every dish eaten on New Year’s Day symbolizes desires for something specific and hopeful – good health, loneliness, abundance, wealth, prosperity, and good luck. This is where pasta comes in – traditionally it is on the table to symbolize longevity.
The second great excuse we have is this recipe from Vegetarian Chinese soul foodWonderful new cookbook by Hsiao Qingzhu. It’s all I want in a fried noodle dish: crunchy chewy, salty cooked, packed with veggies, a meat-worthy centerpiece. The book is filled with vegan recipes for Chinese dishes that take place in a whole series of simple everyday dinners (fried brown rice with oyster mushrooms, egg crepes, and grilled tofu with Baby Bok Choy, which is my dinner. tonight) To a festive holiday like the proposed eight-course menu on New Years Eve.
Do you celebrate the new year? What do you do?
Hong Kong Style Crunchy Noodles
Recipe by Hsiao Qingzhu, From Vegetarian Chinese soul food
Recipe note from Hsaio-Ching: “My father loved this dish. The mandarin name roughly translates to“ golden-brown. ”The cooked pasta is then fried as a cake, which is then used as a cloth for mixed fried vegetables and protein in a gravy-like sauce. And the flavors – delicious crunchy noodles, crunchy yet tender vegetables, and delicious sauce – is a joy to eat. “
Makes 4 servings
6 cups of water
8 to 10 ounces of fresh Chinese noodles
Vegetable oil for frying
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 green onion stems, cut into 2-inch slices
1 cup julienned carrots
4 to 6 medium-sized dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 2 to 3 hours, sprouted and cut into 14-inch pieces
1 cup roughly chopped jay lan (Chinese broccoli) or other green leaves
8 snow peas, chopped
1 cup of bean sprouts
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon of garlic black bean sauce
Half a cup of water
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
Half a teaspoon of sesame oil
Half a teaspoon of white pepper powder
To prepare noodles, boil water in a medium saucepan. Cook the noodles for about two minutes. Dry it well and set it aside. Add about half an inch of vegetable oil to a heavy 8 or 9 inch skillet, such as cast iron. Heat the oil over medium heat until the surface begins to flash. Test the temperature by placing a small strand of pasta in the oil. If fried right away, the oil is ready. Place half the amount of noodles in the skillet, making sure to arrange them into a disk. Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown to dark brown but not burnt. Repeat with remaining pasta. Place them in a serving dish and set them aside while preparing the vegetables.
To make a topping, heat a skillet over a high heat until tufts of smoke rise from the surface. Add vegetable oil and heat until the surface begins to flash. Add the onion and stir for 5 seconds. Add carrots and mushrooms and stir for 10 seconds. Add gai lan and stir for 30 seconds. Add snow peas, bean sprouts, soy sauce, black bean sauce, garlic, and water. Stir for one to two minutes. Add the cornstarch slurry, stirring, making sure to mix well with the sauce and vegetables. We finish with sesame oil and white pepper powder. Stir it one last time, then pour it over the pasta. Serve hot.
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(photo Claire Barbosa. Reprinted from Vegetarian Chinese soul food Courtesy of Sasquatch Books.)