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Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles

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Since it was just my 20 month old baby and I in the house this afternoon, naturally I decided to make a lunch for 6 people. I mean, if I put in the same effort making lunch for 2 as I do for 6, I might as well make the entire package of noodles right? Also, leftovers.

Excuse the butter dish behind my noodles. And the coffee. I didn’t set up the shot all fancy.

I always thought Chinese stir fried noodles were greasy when ordering at a restaurant (or takeout). But this one surprisingly isn’t, and you can get the same fried noodle texture by just frying the noodles in a tablespoon of oil on high heat, then flipping them over to fry the other side. The high heat gives the noodles the flavor and texture of restaurant noodles, and you don’t need tons of oil to achieve the same effect.

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I also topped the noodles with minced pork, mushrooms and scallions along with a sauce made with a chicken broth base. If you don’t eat pork, you can omit it entirely, or substitute it with ground turkey or chicken (even healthier alternatives). Omit the mushrooms if you don’t like mushrooms. Add something else if you want. I threw in anything I had in the fridge for this.

Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles (serves 4-6)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. package of fresh HK style noodles (found in most Asian markets)
  • oil for pan frying
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 5 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 scallions, julienned

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • 2 tsp. regular soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. cornstarch

Ingredients for marinade for pork:

  • 1 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions:

1) Using a large pot or large skillet, heat up water to boil noodles with. Drop noodles in and boil for one minute. Drain in colander and rinse under cold water. Drain well and set aside.

2) In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for sauce, set aside. In another bowl, combine pork and marinade, set aside.

3) In a clean dry skillet, heat one Tbsp. of oil on high heat. Add noodles and spread evenly on the skillet. Let the bottom brown for 3-4 minutes, then flip the best you can (using tongs or spatula) to brown the other sides. This will create the crispy texture along with the soft noodles. Set noodles aside in large dish.

4) Add 1 Tbsp. oil to same skillet. On high heat, add ground pork and break up the pieces with a spatula. When browned, add mushrooms and scallions. Stir fry for around 3 minutes or until mushrooms have softened. Add sauce ingredients, and bring to a boil until thickened, around 2 minutes.* Pour sauce over top of the noodles and serve.

*If the sauce isn’t thick enough for you, make a slurry with cornstarch and chicken broth in a cup, and pour a little bit into the sauce at a time and stir until it is thickened enough.

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Directions with Photos:

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Using a large pot or large skillet, heat up water to boil noodles with. Drop noodles in and boil for one minute. Drain in colander and rinse under cold water. Drain well and set aside.

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Chop up mushrooms and scallions.

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In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for sauce, set aside.

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In another bowl, combine pork and marinade, set aside.

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In a clean dry skillet, heat one Tbsp. of oil on high heat. Add noodles and spread evenly on the skillet. Let the bottom brown for 3-4 minutes, then flip the best you can (using tongs or spatula) to brown the other sides.

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This will create the crispy texture along with the soft noodles (see the golden brown color developing). Set noodles aside in large dish.

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Add 1 Tbsp. oil to same skillet. On high heat, add ground pork and break up the pieces with a spatula.

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When browned, add mushrooms and scallions.

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Stir fry for around 3 minutes or until mushrooms have softened.

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Add sauce ingredients, and bring to a boil until thickened, around 2 minutes.*

*If the sauce isn’t thick enough for you, make a slurry with cornstarch and chicken broth in a cup, and pour a little bit into the sauce at a time and stir until it is thickened enough.

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Pour sauce over top of the noodles and serve.

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Garlic Chicken and Pasta

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Garlic Chicken and Pasta

(adapted from grouprecipes.com) – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. angel hair pasta
  • 1 lb. chicken tenderloins, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 pint baby portabella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 oz. jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • olive oil
  • shaved Parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta as directed per box instructions.
  2. In a skillet, heat to medium high. Drizzle olive oil on the pan. Add cubed chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until nearly done, add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  3. Pushing the chicken and veggies to the sides of skillet, add flour and butter to middle and mix until it becomes a thick paste. Add chicken broth, one cup at a time, stirring to a boil. Add artichoke hearts, simmer and let sauce thicken. Turn heat off and add cream, mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, top pasta with sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.

*if you want the sauce thicker, mix 1 Tbsp flour with 1 Tbsp chicken broth and pour into sauce and wait for it to thicken. Repeat until desired consistency.

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A couple of pics to give you an idea of how small to cut the ingredients.

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Prepare pasta as directed per box instructions.

In a skillet, heat to medium high. Drizzle olive oil on the pan. Add cubed chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Cook until nearly done

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add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until vegetables are tender.

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Pushing the chicken and veggies to the sides of skillet, add flour and butter to middle

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and mix until it becomes a thick paste.

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Add chicken broth, one cup at a time, stirring to a boil.

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Add artichoke hearts,

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simmer and let sauce thicken.

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Turn heat off and add cream,

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 mix thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.

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To serve, top pasta with sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.

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