Thursday, March 22, 2007
Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken Slivers
I had a little bit of a hard time with this recipe for Stir-Fried Noodles with Chicken Slivers from the Revolutionary Chinese Cooking cookbook. It was because of the noodles. I found Ho Fun Rice Noodles at the Asian market. They are dried and in one of the many noodle packages you have to look through. This package is mint green colored. The recipe instructions mention "soaking" the noodles but I chose to follow the instructions on the noodle package to cook them first. I think this is what you need to because I don't think you can stir fry them without them being cooked. Does anyone one know the traditional way to stir-fry noodles?
My noodles stuck to my wok. It was hard to stir-fry them. I was able to save most of them but then I had to completely clean out my entire wok before re-heating and cooking the rest of the dinner.
The end result is really tasty though. I like the "chicken slivers" but cutting up the chicken in really long and thin strips. I brought the leftover for lunch and my friend enjoyed it too. I was a little concerned it would be too oily, but it reheated just fine.
If you can find Ho Fun noodles, definitely give this one a try!
Cut the chicken breasts along the grain of the meat into fine slivers. Place a bowl with the marinade ingredients and mix well; set aside.
Drain the mushrooms, squeeze dry, and remove the stems, then cut into fine slices. Cut the scallion greens into thin slivers about 1 1/2 inches long; set aside.
Heat the wok over a high flame until smoke rises, then add 3 tablespoons of the oil and swirl around. Add the drained noodles and stir-fry until hot and fragrant; set aside. (If you have deep-frying oil at hand, you can deep-fry instead, which is faster.)
Rinse the wok if necessary, then reheat with 2 tablespoons fresh oil. Add the chicken slivers and stir-fry until they separate. Add the ginger, garlic, salted chiles, and mushrooms and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the hot noodles and continue to stir-fry, adding the soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the bean sprouts and stir-fry until they are piping hot. Finally, add the scallion greens, stir-fry a few times, then remove from the heat, and stir in the sesame oil. Serve immediately.
Variations: The same dish can be made with egg noodles, and you can use pork slivers instead of chicken if you prefer, or a mixture of mushrooms if you are vegetarian.