Hong Kong is one of my favorite places in the world. Since my first visit with my family when I was 18-year old, I have fallen in love with the exquisite Cantonese cuisine.
And when I first stumbled upon Taste Hong Kong, a website about Cantonese/Chinese recipes, I become an instant fan. Taste Hong Kong is a great food blog with a clean design and you ought to check out the recipe index if you love Chinese/Cantonese foods.
Today, Taste Hong Kong is sharing a classic Cantonese fried noodles recipe with us, 肉絲炒麵, or noodles with shredded pork. Just look at those toppings and crispy noodles, I am already hungry. Please give your warmest welcome.
Thank you Bee for inviting me to take part in Rasa Malaysia, borrowing what she always says, “I can’t thank her enough”. So patient and humble is she, I must say I have a moment of doubt if this pleasant lady is the author behind such a well-established blog.
Although we have known each other not very long, Bee and I need no warm-up to agree on the subject of this guest post. She suggested to go for a classical Cantonese dish; I reverted to her on this popular ‘Fried Noodles with Shredded Pork’ in Hong Kong, that is, the Yuk See Chow Mein (肉絲炒麵) in Cantonese.
Restaurants cook these noodles mostly by deep frying, which should be the fastest way to get a bed of golden-looking noodles. In our kitchens, however, we may simply prepare this by shallow frying, a healthier way of cooking yet still retaining the beauty of this dish–crispy noodles with crunchy greens and flavorful meat in hot sauce.
Cantonese Fried Noodles Recipe (肉絲炒麵)
Cantonese Fried Noodles (Pork Chow Mein) recipe - crispy noodles with crunchy greens and flavorful meat in hot sauce.
- 300 g soft egg noodles
- 100 g lean pork, shredded
- 4 pcs dried black mushroom
- 50 g bean sprouts
- 100 g yellow chives
- 1/2 tablespoon julienned ginger
Marinade for Dried Mushrooms:
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Marinade for Bean Sprouts and Yellow Chives:
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Marinades for Lean Pork:
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.