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Cha Zhu Mien (Fried Braised Noodles)

Ingredients

  • Yellow noodles
  • Chopped garlic
  • Sliced lean pork
  • Fishballs
  • Dried Shitake mushrooms re-hydrated and sliced
  • Pak Choi cut off the root-end part
  • Eggs optional
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • Fried shallots garlish
  • Ground chilli optional
  • Broth;
  • 4-6 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 heaping teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark Soy Sauce optional, more for colour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ang Chiu/ rice wine
  • White Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil

Instructions

  • Prep your ingredients ready. Make the broth first. I like to go quite overboard with the chopped garlic for this noodle dish, but if you don't fancy too much garlic then adjust portion to your preference.
  • In a pot, stir fry a heaping teaspoon of chopped garlic with 1 teaspoon sunflower oil. When it's fragrant, pour in your chicken stock.
  • Let it come to a boil, season it with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rice wine and pepper.
  • While the soup is boiling, heat your wok till it's hot.
  • Add 1 tablespoon sunflower oil. Add some chopped garlic and stir-fry (I did say I like to go overboard with the garlic didn't I? You can skip this part if you'd like) before adding the yellow noodles.
  • Sometimes when you buy the packet yellow noodles, they tend to stick to each other. Don't use your flat spatula to try and break it or you'll end up with crumbly, short pieces of noodles. Take two forks and with both hands, separate them in the wok.
  • You want to stir-fry the noodles till they're quite dry with some brown marks here and there. The noodles should be like semi-crispy but not too hard.
  • When the noodles are ready, bring the soup to a boil. Add all the other ingredients to the soup; fishballs, sliced pork and sliced shitakes.
  • Add your noodles to the soup (in the step-by-step photos above, I added the soup to the noodles because I gathered my pot might be too small for all the noodles, but I leave it to you whichever method you'd like).
  • While it's coming to a boil, crack some eggs on separate places. I rather like my eggs whole and chunky, some like the egg-drop texture. Again, personal preference.
  • When the eggs are done, the noodles should be braised soft enough to eat. Taste and adjust soup seasonings.
  • Turn off the heat and add your pak choi at the end.
  • Here's how I like to eat mine, I put some ground chilli into the bottom of the bowl.
  • I ladle some soup into the bowl to mix with the chilli. Then just scoop the rest of the ingredients into the bowl.
  • Eat garnished with fried shallots!