If you look at my noodle archive, you will know that I’m pretty much a noodle enthusiast! lol! I love noodles and every cookbook that I tried, I often make sure that I give the noodle recipe a try. My daughter is a noodle lover too. The girl asks for noodles everyday (I wonder where she got that from. ha!)
I’m still venturing with Fuschia Dunlop’s Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, which focuses on food from Hunan Province in China. Like gazillion varieties of pasta available out there, it is the same thing with Chinese-type noodles. Fresh and dried. Some made with rice, some made with eggs, some made with wheat, some made with beans, etc.
Hunanese noodles usually uses rice noodles or known as (ho fun). The noodles are usually prepared first and then lightly seasoned and then top with stew-type topping, or stir-fry of meats and some blanched vegetables. Simple but very satisfying. Generally are healthy, of course this also depends on the type of toppings you put on it. This noodles with fresh shrimp and baby greens is one of my favorite. I like the usage of black vinegar in noodles. It does taste sour, but crazily good to me!!! It’s addictingly good !
This recipe is adopted from Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook by Fuchsia Dunlop, published by Norton (US)/Ebury Press (UK). www.fuchsiadunlop.com
NOODLES WITH FRESH SHRIMP AND BABY GREENS/ 蝦仁菜心面
- 10 oz dried flat rice noodles
- 2 scallions (green parts only)
- Soy sauce
- Salt and pepper
- In each bowl place a dash of soy sauce, dash of salt and pepper, good scattering of finely slices scallion greens
- Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, and bring 1 1/4 cups soup stock per person to a boil in a separate pan at the same time
- Add the noodles to the water and cook until tender. When noodles are nearly ready, add a portion of the boiling stock to each serving bowl. Add a portion of a cooked noodles to each serving bowl
- Shell and devein the shrimp, then rinse thoroughly and shake dry. Place in a bowl, stir in 1/2 tsp salt and then the corn starch and egg white and mix well, set aside
- Separate the green and white parts of the scallions, and cut them into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Discard any wilted leaves from the greens and, if you are using bok choy, cut a cross into each stem as you might with brussles sprouts, so they will cook quickly
- Heat the peanut oil in a wok until it reaches 300 F. Strain any excess egg white form the shrimp, and then fry them briefly, stirring to separate, until they just turn pink; remove and set aside. Drain off all but 2 Tbsp of the oil
- Add the scallion whites, garlic, ginger, and chili to the oil in the wok and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the shrimp and stir a few times. Pour in the stock and season with salt to taste. Add the bok choy or choy sam and the scallion greens, and continue to stir until they are cooked but still crunchy. Give the potato flour mixture a stir and pour into the middle of the wok, stirring briefly as the liquid thickens. Off the heat, stir in the sesame oil and pepper to taste, then spoon over the noodles you prepared above. Give the noodles a good stir before eating
- Add black vinegar (lots of it for me) and extra chopped chilies and dig in baby!!!