Before writing this post, I got a bit curious about noodles. Where did noodles actually originate from? So I did a quick search and found the following on Wikipedia:
“In 2002, archaeologists found an earthenware bowl containing the world’s oldest known noodles, measured to roughly 4000 years BP through radiocarbon dating, at the Lajia archaeological site along the Yellow River in China. The noodles were found well-preserved. They were described as resembling the traditional lamian noodle of China, which is made by “repeatedly pulling and stretching the dough by hand. The composition of the oldest noodles was studied by a team of Chinese researchers, who determined the noodles were made from foxtail millet and broomcorn millet. The earliest written record of noodles is found in a book dated to the Eastern Han period (25–220) of China.Noodles, often made from wheat dough, became a staple food for people of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). In Tang Dynasty, the noodles were first cut into strips, and in Yuan Dynasty, the making of dried noodles began.” This was quite interesting! It’s impressive to note how people actually came up with the food that we so love and enjoy today!
I’ve tried quite a few types of noodle dishes here at the food courts and restaurants and also when I travel. Starting from Bee Hoon, Hor Fun, Pad Thai, Mee Goreng, Laksa, Rice noodles, Glass noodles etc, I’ve tried almost all of them. But it’s still not the end. There are so many more dishes yet to try and every time I keep craving for more! It’s amazing how you can add ingredients of your style and taste and make it into a great noodle recipe.
Even when I say that… I had a lot of trouble making noodles at home. It always became sticky and somehow I was never satisfied with the dish and so I was always scared to try them at home. So, when I was discussing the same with my colleague, she said “Oh! It’s very simple. I’ll teach you how to make the basic noodle dish at home.” I was totally excited hearing this and I came back home that day and tried the recipe. Since then, I’ve never been scared to try noodles…it has been fun always! I will post my noodle recipe learnt from her later.
Today I’m posting a simple chicken noodle recipe. This doesn’t take much time and has an authentic Chinese taste. It needs only the basic ingredients and some sauces of course. I made it along with the Hot and Sour Soup (posted earlier) – a perfect and complete meal! Try it out and let me know your experience 🙂
Preparation Time: Around 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Oil – 4 tablespoons
Chicken – 300 g, boneless, thinly sliced
Egg noodles – 1 medium sized packet
Bean sprouts – 1 bowl
Green Onion (Scallion) – 3, chopped
Ginger juice – 1 teaspoon (Grate around around 1/2 cup of young ginger. Mix with 2 tablespoons of water. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and you will have around 1/4 cup of Ginger juice.
Pepper – 1/4 teaspoon
Cornstarch/Cornflour – 1 teaspoon
Soy Sauce – 1 teaspoon
Rice Wine – 1 teaspoon
Sesame Oil – 1 teaspoon
Water – 1-2 tablespoons
Chicken Stock – 1/2 cup (you can use stock cubes as well)
Soy Sauce – 1 tablespoon
Oyster Sauce – 1 tablespoon
Rice Wine – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Step 1: Soak the noodles in warm water for around 10-15 minutes or until soft and then drain the water.
Step 2: Combine the marinade ingredients in one bowl and set aside. Combine the seasonings ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Heat around 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok and add the noodles. Fry the noodles for very short time until they are golden grown and crisp (maybe for around a minute). Remove the noodles immediately and place on a clean serving dish.
Step 4: Add the remaining oil to the wok and stir fry the chicken along with the marinade mixture over high flame for another minute, until cooked.
Step 5: Add the seasoning mixture, bean sprouts and green onion and continue to fry until the sauce thickens and you have the consistency you want. Turn off the flame and quickly pour the chicken mixture over the noodles.
A few tips:
- You can use any other meat or seafood instead of chicken.
- You can add other sauces and vegetables of your choice to make the dish suit your palate.