Cantonese Fried Noodles (Pork Chow Mein)
Cantonese Fried Noodles Recipe (肉絲炒麵)
300g soft egg noodles
100g lean pork, shredded
4 pcs dried black mushroom
50g bean sprouts
100g yellow chives
1/2 table spoon julienned ginger
Marinade for Dried Mushrooms:
1/4 tsp salt
Marinade for Bean Sprouts and Yellow Chives:
1/4 tsp salt
Marinades for Lean Pork:
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp wine
1/4 tsp corn starch
1/4 tsp oil
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp corn starch
3/4 cup water from soaking the dried mushrooms
Briefly blanch noodles (or according to the packet instructions) to make them al dente. Then immediately rinse the noodles under running cold water for another half minute. Loosen the rinsed noodles in a colander and air- dry it for about an hour before frying, a simple but important step for making the noodles crispy.
Rinse dried mushrooms thoroughly; soak them in 3/4 cup water until soft. Squeeze water in mushrooms and cut them into thin slices. Reserve the 3/4 cup water. Marinade pork, mushrooms for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Rinse bean sprouts and yellow chives. Cut chives into sections, about 4 cm long. Put them in a colander to drain off any excess water. Right before cooking, sprinkle in salt, and mix it well with the sprouts and chives.
Make sure all ingredients are ready to go before frying noodles as they need to be cooked while the fried noodles are still crispy.
Heat wok over high heat, add oil and distribute it over the centre and halfway up the sides. As the oil starts to smoke lightly, lay noodles flat in the wok. Turn to medium heat, do not move the noodles till they turned golden on the bottom side. The noodles might get stuck to the wok if they are moved before heated enough. Then flip to the other side, and add another table spoon of oil, continue to fry them till they turned crispy on the second side.
Dish up noodles and lay them on a plate.
Heat another table spoon of oil in wok over medium heat, saute julienned ginger, dried mushrooms, followed by shredded pork. Stir constantly for about 2 minutes or till done. Toss in bean sprouts and yellow chives, turn to high heat and stir fry them for half a minute, or, just before they get wilted. Then pour in well-mixed sauce and keep stirring. As soon as the liquid boils, they are done.
Ladle all the cooked ingredients with the sauce on top of the crispy noodles. Serve hot with black vinegar as the dipping sauce. Enjoy.
To avoid noodles sticking to wok, it is important to make sure the wok and oil are well-heated.
For presentation, it is better to top the noodles with meat and sauce, but I would suggest combining them all before sending to mouth.
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