After rice, noodles are a big part of the Asian (mostly Chinese) diet. We are so well known for it that the great Marco Polo took some noodle samples back to Italy and created spaghetti (or legends would have us believe!).
To be perfectly honest with you, I’m quite happy to not eat rice on a daily basis, but noodles is something else altogether. It’s my life-line (see what I did there?)!
I have to eat noodles, if not once a day, at least three times a week. I don’t care which cuisine I’m having the noodles in, it can be Italian, Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese or Japanese, but I have to have my noodles.
This as you can see, has made life quite difficult for me on my no-carb Paleo (or rather Faileo) diet as I succumb to noodles each and every single time. Luckily for me, the Boy is just as happy to eat noodles or rice, so it’s a win-win situation for me!
So I invite you, dear friends (are we not?) to join me on my love with noodles with some of the home-cooking we do at home.
Remember, this is part of our kitchen files collection, thus no proper measurements or recipes are listed (as we go with the flow and just cook without tasting).
They are easy, fail safe, and most importantly amazingly perfect as the cold winter beckons!
Char Siew (Chinese Barbeque Pork) Mee Pok
I like to serve my noodles with 2 teaspoons of dark (thick) soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of garlic oil.
To prepare the garlic oil, simply dice finely a few cloves of garlic (the more you use the more intense the oil will be), heat up about 5 tablespoons of oil (preferably vegetable) in a saucepan and fry the garlic until it turns brown.
Alternatively you can heat it up in the microwave, I do this when I’m too lazy to find a pot. I also heat it up in short bursts of 30-40 seconds as I don’t want the garlic to burn.
Wantan Mee with Pork Belly
We have also cooked up some pork belly in my trusty ovenette, tossed some wantan noodles (egg noodles) to serve once again with some dark soy sauce, garlic oil and voilà!
The pork belly was marinated with Chinese five spice powder (from Penang, Malaysia), soy sauce, fish sauce, a dash of white pepper and a teaspoon of brown sugar.
Cook in the ovenette for around 15 minutes, set aside to rest and when you’re ready to serve, slice them up in to chunks and you’re ready to wok and roll baby!
Crispy Yee Mee with Egg Chiffon Sauce
Another of our favourites is the Dried Yee Mee or Dehydrated Egg Noodles, which can be found in most Asian groceries and it usually comes in a long packet with 4 pieces.
To cook, simply fry the noodles (in its dry state) in hot oil for only a few seconds as they burn quickly. Set aside on kitchen towel to drain oil.
Prepare the egg chiffon sauce by frying the garlic until fragrant, then adding the pork, followed by chicken stock, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Once the stock starts to boil, add Asian greens and simmer for a minute or two.
Add your thickener (mixture of cornflour and water) and mix into the gravy, continue to simmer for a minute. Turn to high heat and add beansprouts and mix the gravy for 1 minute before turning off the heat.
Add egg in and stir into the gravy. The residual heat should be enough to “cook” the egg.
When you are ready to serve, pour gravy over noodles (don’t do it too far ahead or else the noodles will become soggy!).
Chow Mein with Pork & Fish Ball
Sometimes, we also use the basic Chow Mein noodle packets which you can find in all supermarkets, usually located in the refrigerated aisle alongside tofu and cheese.
The Boy likes to cook chow mein with this simple recipe.
Start by frying your ingredients base with garlic and pork. Add some chicken stock, oyster sauce and soy sauce to create the base sauce/gravy.
Add in fish ball, Asian greens (or any other vegetable) and noodles, and stir fry all ingredients together. Add more chicken stock if it gets too dry.
Finish off by making a well in the middle of the wok (push ingredients to the side) and crack in an egg.
Once the egg is half cooked, push all ingredients back to the middle and mix everything together.
Sprinkle a dash of grounded white pepper and plate up.
So tell me friends, which noodles would you start experimenting with?